Costume Design (BFA)

Costume Design (BFA)

The costume design BFA program will train the next generation of artisans and designers with key technical skills and opportunities to practice their craft in active production environments.  By combining a rigorous sewing program with industry specific design courses, the students will be prepared to work in any number of positions in either theatre or film.  Students will have opportunities to design theatrical productions, collaborating with the director, fellow designers and the actors to create costumes that support the needs of the play.  Finally, each student will graduate with a portfolio that showcases the range of their talents in design and construction of garments and specialty items like jewelry and millinery work.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

FSH 100 Drawing for Fashion Core/3
FSH 102 Drawing for Fashion 2 Core/3
FSH 120 Color Science & Fabric Technology Core/3
FSH 140 Introduction to Costume Design Core/3
FSH 161 Fashion Business: Digital Techniques Core/3
FSH 164 Fashion Sewing Techniques Core/3
FSH 181 Costume Design for Film Core/3
FSH 182 Costume Design for the Stage Core/3
FSH 220 Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 1 Core/3
FSH 243 Costume Design for Dance Core/3
FSH 274 Applied Textiles 1 Core/3
FSH 441 Renaissance Costume Construction Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Electives 9
Liberal Arts 42
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    4 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research and Concept Development

  • Produce creative and original designs
  • Select design concepts appropriate for the customer or audience
  • Generate ideas that are coherently related to the chosen concept
  • Conduct thorough design research
  • Demonstrate evidence of trialing and self-editing designs
  • Propose designs that are possible to translate from 2D to 3D

Visual Presentation Skills

  • Create professional and organized presentations that reflect an individual/personal style
  • Effectively communicate design concepts and philosophy two-dimensionally

Technical Skills

  • Work effectively with industry standard software
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in design communication

Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express ideas utilizing industry vocabulary

Professional Readiness

  • Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry

Costume Design Skills

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in alterations, distressing, and quick rigging of costume pieces for theatrical productions
  • Effectively document and apply director/cast/crew feedback to costume designs
  • Prepare a legible, organized production bible including all relevant charts, documents, and photographs
  • Maintain consistency in the costume looks and actors’ hair and makeup for the entire production

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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