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Costume Design, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Costume Design programs at Boston University prepare talented and committed students for careers in the professional world of theatre and related entertainment media.
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Overview

The Costume Design program curriculum at Boston University stresses the development of a student as a theatre artist, focusing on collaboration, imagination, intellect, communication skills, and oral critique, as well as preparation for a professional career.

During each year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, courses in design, production, graphic skills, management, and dramatic literature follow a carefully integrated sequence of class exercises and production opportunities. The committed students who pursue the BFA–Theatre degree in Design, Production, or Stage Management at Boston University discover who they are, what they do well, and what they are capable of doing. They learn to be collaborative theatre artists who work productively under the stresses of the theatrical profession and, most importantly, they learn to integrate design, production, and management skills with their own personal sensibility.

Learning Outcomes

The Costume Design program aims to develop a complete theatre artist by fostering a passion for theatre, storytelling, design, and the collaborative process. Through their required coursework and production assignments, Costume Design students will:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of how costume design contributes to the creation of theatre through coursework and participation in productions.
  • Collaborate and participate effectively in teams, in both leading and supporting roles.
  • Solve problems creatively.
  • Demonstrate historical knowledge of clothing and society to show understanding of the link between art and clothing as it applies to theatre.
  • Critically analyze a wide range of information, texts, history, art, and design in order to design clothing that will communicate visually, conceptually, and emotionally to an audience.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills necessary to be a professional costume designer, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, draping, millinery, dyeing, and proper use of fabric.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    130 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Matinee
  • Colloquium
  • Production
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Production 
  • Figure Drawing
  • History of Costume 
  • Scene Design
  • Costume Rendering Lab
  • Theatre Literature elective

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

National
  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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