Costume Construction (BFA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

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Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate an effective production process that integrates:

  • Strong social skills
  • A comprehensive approach to analyzing a play
  • Strong research skills
  • The ability to organize and supervise a construction team
  • An understanding of theatre history and visual styles
  • Mastery of skills in design presentation and development
  • The ability to organize a construction process
  • Creative thinking in problem solving
  • An understanding of layout and construction skills
  • An understanding of the needs of performers and directors
  • The ability to successfully execute a design
  • Work within a team of costume construction specialists through the production process, with attention to wardrobe run, tailoring, draping, pattern drafting, millinery, fabric modification, crafts, budget and time management.

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

Degree Requirements

100 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
16 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1130 Figure Drawing for Theatre Majors (3 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (4 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)

Recommended Elective:

  • DANC 1560 Costume Construction for Dance (3 hours)

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