This beginning Costume Design course leads the student to both an understanding of the area and a method of working in it. Topics explored include:

What a costume is, considering both the garments and how they are worn.

The relationship between the character and the garments that will help explain this character.

How the costume relates to our world and the fictional or theatrical world in which it will be used.

Desiree in A Little Night Music is a woman of both theatricality and taste.
Ed Harris in the film Knightriders was the leader of a travelling band who performed medieval jousts on modern motorcycles.
Understanding and solving the emotional and physical needs related to costume choices.

What the responsibilities of the costume designer are.

How the designer relates to others working on the same project.

Different methods of presenting the design ideas.

Three characters from the epic Nicholas Nickleby. Above Ralph Nickleby, to the right Mrs. Squeers and below Mr. Crummels.
Judith in Noel Coward's Hay Fever always dresses with the theatricality expected of and experienced actress.
The costume sketch should be the result of many studies.

Good design takes time and thoughtful effort.

In Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George the script dictates that the first act costumes follow the painting by Seraut.