Costume Technology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DRAM-1342-001 Costume Technology


Course Description

Study and application of costume construction, which may include basic sewing, patterning and period/styles. Students will also learn the principles and techniques for theatrical costume design.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Strand-Evans, Katherine. Costume Construction. 2nd ed. Waveland Press, Inc.,Long Grove, Illinois, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4786-1129-5.




Drawing or watercolor paper

Art supplies - markers, watercolors or pastels. (some supplies will be provided)

Student Performance

(minimum competencies)

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program.

1. Recognize and properly use sewing machines, notions, and related equipment.
3. Understand basic costume construction techniques that can be applied to any production.
4. Utilize and understand theatrical terminology.
5. Apply basic patterning and design skills.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of costume construction. Through demonstration and practice, the theatre major or interested student will be able to apply knowledge from this course to the real-world production of plays at this school and at other venues.

Extensive demonstration, terminology, and application will give the student a comfortable and confident understanding of technical procedures used in the theatrical costume shop.

A final look at rendering and design will give the student a taste for production design as well as the ability to read plates and swatches and understand them.

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Expected Student Behavior

Proper attire should be worn to class as much of the instruction is laboratory based. No shorts, dresses, skirts, sandals, slippers, high-heeled footwear, or long/excessive jewelry permitted. Long hair should be kept back/up out of the face.

Grading Criteria

Tests averaged together (lowest test dropped) = 30%
Shop Projects averaged together = 40%
Final Project = 30%

A = 90-100 overall competency percentage
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 0-59

Makeup of missed tests and/or exams are left to the discretion of the instructor and only upon receipt of documentation justifying absence. Details to be discussed on first day of class.


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*Calendar subject to change
Week 1
10/25: Introduction of the Class and Syllabus Discussion (in the EXTH Lobby--after first class, all others will be in the Costume Shop at 2220 S. Harrison)
10/26: Chapter 1: The Shop, Supplies, Equipment, Tools, and Safety (Last day to drop with 100% refund.)
10/27: Chapter 3: All Things Fabric
10/28: Finishing Chapters 1 and 3--Test #1
Week 2
11/01: Chapter 4: Hand and Machine Sewing
11/02: Test #2--Practice for Project #1
11/03: Project #1 due at end of class (hand and machine sewing) (Last day to drop with 70% refund.)
11/04: Chapter 2: Taking Measurements and Using Commercial Patterns
Week 3
11/08: Chapters 5 and 6: Creating a Costume and Draping
11/09: Chapters 6 and 7: Draping and Flat-Patterning (Last day to drop with 25% refund.)
11/10: Finish Chapters 2, 5, 6, and 7--Test #3
11/11: Project #2 (trace, cut, and build a simple shirt)--Construction Begins
Week 4
11/15: In-Class Construction of Project #2
11/16: In-Class Construction of Project #2
11/17: Project #2 is due by the end of class--Assigned for next Wednesday: Read Doll's House for
Final Project (will be provided in Blackboard)
11/18: Chapter 8: Detail Work
Week 5
11/22: Chapter 9: Fabric Modifications
11/23: Test #4--Discussion of Doll's House
11/24: Begin work on Design Collage for Project #3--bring research with you to class
11/25: NO CLASS: Thanksgiving
Week 6
11/29: Project #3 is due at the beginning of class--Discuss and Assign Costume Plots and Additional Design Paperwork for Project #4
11/30: Drawing the Body practicing drawing one male, one female for Project #5
12/01: Continue Drawing the Body practicing drawing one male, one female for Project #5
12/02: Project #4 is due at the beginning of the class--Continue working on Project #5
Week 7
12/06: Project #5 is due at the beginning of the class--Clothing your Figures and Swatching
12/07: Rendering Presentation--LAST DAY TO DROP
12/08: Discussing the Final Project and In-Class Work on It
12/09: In-Class Work on Final Project
Week 8
12/13: In-Class Work on Final Project
12/14: In-Class Work on Final Project
12/15: Final Project Presentations to the Class

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Syllabus Created on:

10/24/21 11:24 PM

Last Edited on:

11/19/21 10:20 AM