Wayne State University

Costume Design

The Hilberry Costume Design program gives students an opportunity to study and practice the art of costume design through intensive classroom experience, as well as studio and design production work. The course of study includes traditional classes in all aspects of design technique, including script analysis, studio art classes and fashion design, as well as basic scenic and lighting design. Combined with the hands-on approach to technical production, students have the opportunity to design for multiple realized productions at the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres during the course of the degree, preparing for professional careers in theatrical or event costume design and costume shop management.

The following selection of courses is typical for costume designers:

  • Fundamentals of Graduate Design
  • Styles of Drama
  • Costume History and Design I and II
  • Professional Costume Design I and II
  • Design Studio I-IV
  • Theatre Costuming I and II
  • Costume Design for the Theatre
  • Advanced Stage and Film Makeup
  • Repertory Theatre (design practicum)
  • Architecture and Decor
  • Teaching Internship Option
  • Play Direction
  • Development of Drama

Additional courses are often offered include:

  • Draping
  • Flat Patterning
  • Tailoring
  • Life Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Painting