A plan of study will be tailored to meet your individual needs with the guidance of your MFA committee consisting of three members of the faculty. We believe in tailoring that plan to your specific needs during your training as a Costume Designer.
That plan of study will include six hours of Company Core, (491 and 492). Company Core, the cornerstone of the collaborative approach that is fostered in the School of Theatre and Dance, is a two-semester course that is team taught by members of the design and directing faculty. You will explore methods and techniques to work cooperatively to create exciting and provocative theatre through open discussion with your MFA colleagues.
Other curricular highlights:
A major goal of the program is to develop a strong portfolio of realized designs. You can expect to be assigned a major design each semester of your enrollment. You will also be assigned work as an Assistant Designer during your first semester for a Main Stage production in the School of Theatre and Dance season. The first semester experience culminates in a design for the Fall Dance Concert.
For subsequent semesters, the faculty consider the pedagogical needs of each of graduate candidate first when assigning designs for each production season. It is also possible to complete assignments as wardrobe supervisor, hair and makeup designer and/or try out other design areas. You will also work with directors whom are members of the faculty or candidates in the MFA Directing program.
Our students work in the following Illinois State facilities: