M.F.A. Costume Design Degree Requirements

The three year program involves continuous work in drawing, rendering, painting, and practical costume construction skills. A minimum of 12 credits in theatre history and dramatic literature are also required for the degree.

Only those students who demonstrate satisfactory progress in the acquisition of required skills and professional discipline will be invited by the faculty to continue the following semester.

Production and design assignments are made each semester according to the needs, skills, interests, and progress of the students.

During the second year, design/technology students will concentrate on advanced technical courses and work in the appropriate production areas. Internship with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is an option that allows you to work closely with major artists in accordance with your abilities and area of interest.

Following your second year, you will complete two semesters of internship or residency. Options include the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, an alternate regional theatre, the UMKC Department of Theatre, and in special situations, an outside professional or academic environment. The assignment will be determined by matching your interests and degree area with the available production assignments. In addition, student ingenuity at creating opportunities can determine the third year experience.

Toward the end of your final semester in the program, you are required to present a final portfolio review. This portfolio review session will highlight your work, both in the classroom and in production during your time in the M.F.A. program. The final review will show the growth and development from the time of your entry to your exit M.F.A. Degree portfolio presentation.

First Semester

  • Professional Costume Design
  • Rendering Techniques for Theatre Designer I
  • Tech Studies in Costume & Makeup
  • Pattern Drafting and Cutting
  • Theatre Collaboration
  • History of Design and Technology I

Second Semester

  • Professional Costume Design
  • Rendering Techniques for Theatre Designer II
  • Technical Studies in Costume & Makeup
  • Theatre Collaboration
  • History of Design and Technology II
  • History of Costuming

 Third Semester

  • Professional Costume Design
  • Rendering Techniques for Theatre Designer III
  • Theatre History or Text Analysis or Dramatic Lit
  • Technical Studies in Costume & Makeup
  • Costume Construction or 540 Drafting/Cutting

Fourth Semester

  • Professional Costume Design
  • Rendering Techniques for Theatre Designer IV
  • Theatre History or Text Analysis or Dramatic Lit
  • Technical Studies in Costume & Makeup
  • Theatre Collaboration

 Fifth Semester

  • Internship
  • Costume Design

Sixth Semester

  • Internship
  • Costume Design