The curriculum’s foundation studies cover the history of clothing, text analysis, construction, new technologies, management and graphic skills. Coursework emphasizes critical thinking and the designer’s contribution to the collaborative process not just as a costume designer but as a critical aesthetic voice in the development on any given project. In addition to theatrical work, students take part in other collaborative projects throughout CalArts such as film and video works, dance performances, and installations.
All coursework is designed to help each student help shape a distinct, original and personal voice and defining aesthetic, as evidenced in production work and an outstanding portfolio.
Costume Design MFA candidates are required to pass a Graduation Review to complete the Program and obtain the MFA degree.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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