Costume Design and Production

Programs offered
  • Costume Design and Production (major and minor)

Costume Design and Production (BA)

The Costume Design and Production program is a joint program between the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and the Department of Theatre (TRE).

Through the combined study of theatre, apparel design, clothing construction, clothing history, and theatre history, we prepare students to become costumers, wardrobe managers, costume technicians and costume designers in professional theatre, film, or other performance genres.

Note: This major and minor are found in TRE and FCS. Be advised that these programs are identical in scope and requirement. If you take a major in one department and would like to add a minor, it must be in the other department. For example, if you are majoring in FCS Apparel Merchandising and would like to minor in Costume Design and Production, you would need to take that minor as a TRE.

  • A minimum 88 credits are required for this major, including 36 upper-division credits.
  • A minimum 35 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This major requires completion of the Family and Consumer Sciences Core, which includes:
    • FCS 3240 Individual and Family Development.
    • FCS 4899 Senior Capstone, completed after FCS 3240 and during your senior year.
  • Core major courses from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department include History of Costume, Textiles, and Flat Pattern Design.
  • Core courses from the Theatre Department include Stagecraft, Analyzing and Interpreting Theatre, and Production Practicum.

Apply for the major or minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete an academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, and students are not required to enter a major immediately upon admission to the University. However, you should enter a major by the end of your sophomore year to help ensure your timely completion of a degree. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should identify and enter their major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter a major or minor in this department, you may select a program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select your major or minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • Your application is due on or before the first Friday of Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.

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Family Consumer Sciences 

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