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Costume Design

First Year

Costume Design I

DESG-GT 1018-1019   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

Instructor(s): Hilferty

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Introduction to designing costumes for stage and film. Students work on weekly projects to develop their eyes and skills in color, proportion, history, character, and text analysis.

Drawing Year 1

 

DESG-GT.1004-1005   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Young (Section 001), Muller (Section 002)

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Section 001: Drawing is observing and perception. This course teaches students how to see. Students learn techniques of observation, perception, and the technical means of placing three-dimensional forms and volume onto a two-dimensional surface accurately and efficiently. 

Section 002: A drawing class for scenic designers and lighting designers that focuses on forms in space, revealed by light. Equal emphasis on drawing from observation and invention.

 

 

Cutting and Draping

DESG-GT 1020-1021   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): Raywood

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

Advanced study in theatrical costume construction including draping on the form, flat patternmaking, and fitting and sewing techniques. Work in the class encompasses a range of techniques from the muslin sloper through a comprehensive historical project.

Cultural Narratives and Design History

 

DESG-GT 1022-1023   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Muller

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

In this course, students explore the whole history of design, from prehistory to the early 21st century, looking at the impact of human events – migration, war, empire, religion, trade, innovation – on the design of clothing, architecture, and the influence of one age upon another. The course mixes lectures, analysis of images, research projects, discussion, field trips, guest speakers, and student presentations.

 

 

Explore

H22.2000   Lecture   3 Credits

Instructor(s): Conklin, Geiger, Helfrich, Hoffman


Explore introduces students to a broad range of concepts related to theatrical and cinematic performance and presentation, as well as practical experiences intended to lead students out of their chosen area of study, challenging them to begin to understand design for stage and film as a wholistic, interconnected set of disciplines. It includes workshops, individual design projects, group lectures with guest artists and instructors,  and field trips which will expose students to some of the vast resources available to artists in New York City.

H22.2000   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Conklin, Geiger, Helfrich, Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

Explore introduces students to a broad range of concepts related to theatrical and cinematic performance and presentation, as well as practical experiences intended to lead students out of their chosen area of study, challenging them to begin to understand design for stage and film as a wholistic, interconnected set of disciplines. It includes workshops, individual design projects, group lectures with guest artists and instructors,  and field trips which will expose students to some of the vast resources available to artists in New York City.

 

H22.2000   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Conklin, Geiger, Helfrich, Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

Explore introduces students to a broad range of concepts related to theatrical and cinematic performance and presentation, as well as practical experiences intended to lead students out of their chosen area of study, challenging them to begin to understand design for stage and film as a wholistic, interconnected set of disciplines. It includes workshops, individual design projects, group lectures with guest artists and instructors,  and field trips which will expose students to some of the vast resources available to artists in New York City.

 

H22.2000   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Conklin, Geiger, Helfrich, Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

Explore introduces students to a broad range of concepts related to theatrical and cinematic performance and presentation, as well as practical experiences intended to lead students out of their chosen area of study, challenging them to begin to understand design for stage and film as a wholistic, interconnected set of disciplines. It includes workshops, individual design projects, group lectures with guest artists and instructors,  and field trips which will expose students to some of the vast resources available to artists in New York City.

 

Stagecraft

 

DESG-GT.1012   Studio   2 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor: Fallon

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

The primary goal of this course is to supply students with a thorough introductory understanding of the materials, methods, tools, techniques and procedures used in the various shops as we work on realized productions.  Working with the student designers as well as professional shop staff and student staff, students work on a variety of productions, in a range of capacities.

 

 

Second Year

Costume Design II

 

DESG-GT.1204   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Hoffman
 

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 

Building on the foundation established in Costume Design I, Costume Design II focuses on an in-depth study of text and character analysis, exploring how character and story are revealed through clothing choices. Working on two or three texts in the course of each semester, students learn that each week is a step in discovering, revealing, and refining an approach to the text, with the ultimate goal of developing a work process that prepares a student to take a project from its inception in the text to a complete design.

 

 

Costume Studio

 

DESG-GT.1206   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Raywood

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

This course serves to relate to the overall course of study many topics that are essential to the successful costume designer yet fall outside the purview of the design classes. The designer is provided with the necessary building blocks to design the clothing that best supports his or her design idea. Study of menswear, distressing and dyeing fabric, including surface techniques, uniforms, and millinery, are just some of the topics covered.

 

 

Drawing Year 2

 

DESG-GT 1052-1053   Lecture   2 - 4 Credits

Instructor(s): MullerZung

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Studio course focusing on technique through seeing, proportion, volume, form, and value through exploration of architecture and period design.

 

 

Opera - Contexts and Cultures

 

DESG-GT 1038   Lecture   2 Credits

Instructor(s): Conklin

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

A study of opera - it's historical context, formal qualities, dramaturgical content and sociological place in our contemporary world.

 

 

Collaboration

 

DESG-GT.1140   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Geiger, Hoffman, Hughes, Steinberg

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 
 

In conjunction with the Graduate Directing program at Columbia University, led by Anne Bogart, set, costume and lighting students (primarily in the second year) work in teams led by a Columbia directing student. Emphasis is placed on conceptual work conceived through discussion that gives equal weight to all members of the collaboration.

 

 

Film Collaboration

 

DESG-GT 1213   Lecture   3 - 4 Credits

 

 

 

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film and in the Graduate Film Department. 


Four teams (director, production designer, costume designer, director of photography) collaborate to produce a 10-minute portfolio quality film shot on location with high levels of production values, including locations, props, and costumes. This course underlines the essential aspects of the collaboration process and focuses on the team effort of producing a film.

 

 

Production Year 2

 

DESG-GT.1120   Lecture   2 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Lieberman, Hughes, Hoffman

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Second-year design students work under faculty supervision as assistant designers and designers on realized productions.

 

 

Third Year

Costume Design III

 

DESG-GT.1400   Lecture   3 - 6 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Hilferty, Luigs

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.
 

Building on Costume Design II, this course challenges students interested in further in-depth study of costume design in a more synthetic manner. Students design large, complex pieces (Shakespeare, musical, opera, and film). Professional directors and choreographers with specific expertise are invited to see and respond to the work. Thesis projects are undertaken in the second semester.

 

 

Transitioning into the Profession

 

DESG-GT 2002   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Cokorinos

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. 


Weekly guest speakers are brought in to discuss topics relevant to a professional design career such as theatre photography, union membership, taxes and financial planning, the role of the artistic director and production manager, etc. Portfolio reviews with professional directors and designers are scheduled.

 

 

Production Year 3

 

DESG-GT 1500   Lecture   2 Credits

 

 

 

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.


Third-year design students work under faculty supervision as designers on realized productions.

 

 

Costume Exploration

 

DESG-GT 1218   Lecture   3 Credits

 

 

 

Instructor(s): Baird, Hoffman

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

A studio class to reinforce drawing, painting, and presentation methods for Third Year Costume designers. Work is organized as a diagnostic addition to the Costume Design projects, with potential guest artists who will share their painting and drawing techniques and working methods. Also included are shop visits to discuss how a professional shop views your sketches and paperwork.

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY (optional)

 

DESG-GT.1060      1-2 Credits

Instructor(s): Various

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Projects are done under supervision of faculty and outside professionals. Work must be related to the course of study and may take the form of work experience or an internship. May be repeated for multiple semesters with approval of department chair.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SET DESIGN (OPTIONAL)

DESG-GT 1058  Lecture  2-4 credits

Instructor(s): Lieberman

Open only to students in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.

Introduction to Set Design is a class for costume and lighting designers interested in exploring set design more thoroughly than is possible within their primary area of study. We will focus on how set design functions in relation to actors and audience, as well as how it creates context for any given production. Our goal is to use stage design as the driving force in building a whole universe from text.