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Introduction to Costume

Course Code: STGE 1222
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 5
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the basic technical and creative skills required by the Theatre and Film Costumer. Research techniques, script analysis, paperwork and construction techniques will be emphasized.

Course Content

Costume Organization:

  • the costume person’s role in production, relationship with other members of the team
  • script analysis and breakdown including appropriate paperwork
  • running costumes crew for Stage performances
  • costume vocabulary,  fabric terminology

The Costume Shop:

  • Equipment and materials including:
    • Costume construction equipment
    • serger, industrial and domestic sewing machine equipment
    • industrial iron and steamer use
  • Construction techniques including:
    • industrial and domestic sewing machine
    • use hand sewing techniques
    • dyeing and ageing costumes

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and ability to meet deadlines.

Professionalism: 5 indicators  as above x 8%                 40% 

Projects X 2                                                                40%

Quiz                                                                           20%

Total:                                                                        100%



Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be aware of:

  • production costume shop equipment
  • costume construction techniques, sewing skills
  • The role of the Costume Designer; interpreting designer’s sketches
  • Textile dying and ageing costumes
  • The role of costume running crew for stage performances
  • preparation and care of costumes – fittings and alterations
  • script breakdown and analysis for costuming requirements

course prerequisites

Registered in Stagecraft and Even Technology or permission of Co-ordinator



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.