The costume design program provides theoretical, artistic, and practical training in design for theatre, opera, and entertainment. The goal is to educate and train young designers to become leading artists of the 21st century. Here at the University of Illinois, we strive to train artists who are collaborative, creative, open-minded, and critical. Collaboration and creative problem solving are at the core of our production values.
The Master of Fine Arts Program
The MFA in costume design is a comprehensive and challenging atelier graduate program. Students pursue class work that includes theatre history, critical play analysis, costume history, costume rendering, costume crafts, and costume production. Through production training, students will gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills to become professional costume designers.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Program
The BFA pathway in design provides a solid foundation in theatre studies and applied design. In the area of costume design, students can explore costume design, costume construction, costume crafts, and historical costumes. Production assignments include costume crafts, wardrobe production, assistant costume designer. Senior students may undertake a design thesis to serve as a primary designer for a main-stage production.