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Theatre Arts: Costuming Certificate Theatre Arts & Fashion Total Units: 29
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Theatre Arts: Costuming Certificate of Achievement prepares students for entry level and apprentice employment as professional costume shop assistants, wardrobe supervisors, cutter/drapers, first hands, dyers/painters, dressers, and costume crafts positions in the stage, film or television environments. The program provides a hands-on approach to the study of equipment, terminology, and technical skills required to create costumes for dramatic productions. It includes an understanding of basic drawing, patterning, draping, and construction techniques necessary for realizing a costume design.

In addition, this program prepares students wishing to pursue a career in costume design with a solid foundation in all aspects of costuming. Depending on natural talent and industry needs, students can enter the industry as a costume design intern or free-lance designer directly from this program. However, most certificate students wishing to pursue professional design careers must continue to build their resumes through substantial work experience, and will likely pursue additional training through private design schools or four-year university programs. The Theatre Arts: Costuming Certificate of Achievement provides students with the basic skills and techniques necessary to successfully start that career path. Certificate students who also wish to pursue an Associate of Arts degree and/or four-year degree are encouraged to meet with a counselor. Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

The job prospects in this field are great for entry-level positions and free-lance designers. Apprenticeships and other entry-level positions are usually seasonal. Theatre costume personnel are in great demand and securing an entry-level position will build the individual's resume and contacts. Students wishing to advance in the field must be willing to work long hours during peak seasonal times. A strong resume and references will lead to a well-paid position with an established theatre company, costume house, or a lucrative career as a free-lance artist in theatre, opera, television or film that features competitive salaries and creative satisfaction.

The Theatre Arts certificate training programs are unique in that they offer five areas of emphasis: Acting, Costuming, Makeup, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management. These one to two-year intensive vocational training programs examine, through lecture, demonstration, and application, the tools and techniques required to succeed in professional theatre and related entertainment industry positions. Introductory and advanced courses are designed to familiarize the student with the theory and practice of theatrical production while participating in a 5-show production oriented program.

At the heart of the certificate curriculum is a collaborative relationship between faculty, staff, guest artists, and students that helps students develop while producing professional quality theatre. Courses cover a broad spectrum of related disciplines to further enrich the learning experience and provide a strong foundation of knowledge. Students are also instructed in the basics of self-marketing as well as audition, resume and portfolio preparation and presentation.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Theatre Arts: Costuming Certificate program are:

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Theatre Arts Core Requirements
    • Costuming Emphasis Requirements

Theatre Arts Core Requirements - complete 9.00 units
THAR 1Introduction to Drama3.00
THAR 25Technical Theatre Production Lab1.00-3.00
Costuming Emphasis Requirements - complete 20.00 units
THAR 21Introduction to Costuming3.00
THAR 22AIntroduction to Makeup2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 2AArt Appreciation & History3.00
ART 2BArt Appreciation & History3.00
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
ART 7ADrawing & Composition I1.50-3.00
ART 12Figure Drawing1.50-3.00
ART 13Watercolor1.50-3.00
ART 32ABeginning Jewelry3.00
CLTX 8Introductory Textiles for Modern Usage3.00
FASHN 56AFashion Design and Illustration3.00
THAR 22BIntermediate Makeup2.00
THAR 23Theatre Graphics & Design3.00

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2008

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


All students enrolled in the certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with them regularly to monitor progress.
THAR 25 is a variable unit course, which may be taken for 1.0-3.0 units a semester; it may also be taken up to four times. Units are determined by the type of position and number of productions a student will work on during a semester. This course is also a corequisite for THAR 20, 21, 22A, and 22B. Certificate students planning to take these courses are encouraged to contact the Theatre Arts department chair prior to registration.

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