Skip to content

Course Syllabus

Course: THEA 2203

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Theater Arts
Title: Costume Construction

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course is an introduction to the practical experience in sewing, fabric choice, flat pattern modification, fitting, and garment modification. Theoretical introduction to costume design, flat pattern design, and draping.; This course is repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 4

Prerequisites: none

Corequisites: none

Justification: This course is offered by most theater departments throughout the state as a lower division credit. This course fills the lower division theater core requirements for students wishing to transfer to four-year theater departments. The course provides an introduction for students who are considering the area of theatrical costuming as a profession. The course gives a basic introduction to the elements which those considering theatrical design or theatrical lighting need to understand to be effective in collaborating on professional productions. The course gives those interested in acting an understanding of the processes used in developing the costumes they wear.This course satisfies a core requirement for undergraduate theatre majors with equivalent courses at all four-year institutions in Utah and elsewhere.

Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing the course, the student will have developed and/or improved skills in: 

Design appreciation and aesthetics 

Script analysis for the purpose of scenic design 

The design process  

Two-dimensional drawing. 

Basic rendering skills 

Model-making skills  

Basic understanding of design software.
These will be measured by self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, and instructor evaluations. 

Students will be required to complete in-depth research into specific time periods to determine appropriate styles and customs for their design projects. They will need to utilize the library holdings, periodicals and electronic media. This will be measured in the final design project.  

This course provides students opportunities to develop their abilities in artistic expression. They will learn to utilize the various tools available to aid them in expressing their design ideas. They are tutored in the art and craft of scene design for the theatre and are evaluated on their ability to produce workable designs for their portfolio and work within the collaborative framework of theatrical production. This will be assessed through classroom discussion, projects and evaluations. 

-Design process
-Script analysis
-Design process
-Basic drawing
-Perspective drawing
-Basic rendering
-3D model making
-Computer design software and drafting
-Paint elevations

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be evaluated on:

Their level of mastery and knowledge of the theoretical uses of scenic design and its relative terminology through periodic quizzes and exams. (30-40%)  

Demonstrated practical application of their knowledge by completing application exercises and projects in basic rendering, two-dimensional drawing, script analysis, model-making skills and basic understanding of computer drafting design programs. (40-50%) 

Students will complete written critiques focusing on design elements of department productions. (10- 20%) 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Theatrical Design and Production, current edition, by J. Michael Gillette, McGraw Hill.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 16
Optimum Class Size: 12