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Fundamentals of Costuming: Taught with not more than 16 students. (4 credits) This is a basic skill-building course in the area of costume design and construction. Students are taught the basics of figure drawing, costume sketching and illustration, as well as the basics of watercolor and costume rendering. We discus script analysis, character development and design principals. Over the period of an entire semester, students study a script as a basis for discussion and the group learns how to begin designing the theoretical production. Each student learns a step-by-step process of costume sketching and illustration. This culminates during the final exam period when each student presents their completed designs for the production in their final presentation. In addition to the design component of the course, the class is broken down into two lab sections of eight students each. Once a week they are instructed in the basic sewing skills typically encountered in a costume shop. This accounts for thirty hours of their additional one extra lab credit. They are also required to use the construction skills they are learning in lab by working as the construction crew for the fall semester production. They do this outside of their labs for an additional thirty hours. This completes the sixty hours they need for the additional one extra lab credit. One important aspect of this course is that it gives even the beginning student of costume design an early project that forms the basis of their portfolio.
The History of Costume: Taught with no more than 25 students this course is cross-listed with Women’s Studies 92. (3 credits) This course is a general overview of the history of western fashion from Egypt through the early twentieth century. Of particular importance is the identification of specific garments with an emphasis being placed on what a particular garment says about the individual who wore it in the context of a particular society. The role of women in society is addressed, and students are tested in a series of four exams. As part of their final grade students are required to present a research paper to the entire group.
Fundamentals of Make-up: Taught with no more than 16 students this course is cross-listed with ART 95. (3 credits) This course is a basic skill-building course in the area of theatre make up. Students learn the foundations of illustrating a make up design and then they learn how to execute a design through the application and painting process. This includes the use of sculpting prosthetic devices, the painting of old age, the special effects of cuts, burns, and bruises, the application of false facial hair and some horror characterizations.
Costume Design 140
Costume Design: Taught with no more than eight students. (3 credits) For those students that wish to further develop their design and illustration abilities, this course gives the student an opportunity to expand their abilities not only in the area of script analysis, but also on human anatomy and the three elements of design. In this class they work on specific projects that are geared to challenge them in the areas of color, line and texture, in addition to drawing more challenging physical stances. Each class project emphasizes a different goal with the final project synthesizing all that we have worked on throughout the semester. A secondary goal of this course is to have the students build a portfolio that they can then use in the interview process to graduate school programs. By the time a student finishes the Fundamentals course and the Design course, they have nearly fifty sketches that make up the bulk of their design portfolio.
Theatre 141: Advanced Costume Construction: Draping and Flat Patterning: Taught with no more than 8 students. (3 credits) This course explores the process of interpreting a designer’s sketch and creating patterns that will transform the sketch into a three dimensional garment. Students learn to cut and fit a sloper on the human body, and create period shapes in muslin through flat pattern technigues and draping. These skills are then applied to a final project, resulting in the complete construction of a period bodice. This garment begins an already developing portfolio of the student's work in construction.
Advanced Costume Construction: Period Undergarments: Taught with no more than 8 students. (3 credits) This course explores the foundation garments that are worn through many different periods of history and gives the students a thorough knowledge of how to draft them up from existing historical references, fit them on the human body and complete the construction of them. Students gain experience in the construction of both flat and shaped corsets, structures with steel hoops such as panniers and bustles and various forms of petticoats. Again, these garments add to an already developing portfolio of the students’ work.
Advanced Costume Construction: Millinery: Taught with no more than 8 students. (3 credits) This course focuses on the construction of period hats and headwear. Students learn to create different forms of hats with different materials. These include traditional materials such as buckram, felt, straw and non-traditional materials such as celastic and various metals. Students create the shapes of different hats such as an 1850’s bonnet, a turn of the century flat brimmed hat with shaped crown and a hat with a shaped brim and round crown. In addition to these buckram shapes, students create in wool felt a 1920’s cloche as well as another two-piece felt form with an attached brim. Students are exposed to the methods of creating straw hats and non-traditional materials such as celastic (used primarily for the construction of crowns), and again add to their portfolio additional items that demonstrate their knowledge of costume.
: Beginning Drawing: Generally taught with 16-20 students this course is an introduction to drawing that meets the needs of any student that feels they are incapable of learning to draw as well as any student that simply wishes to advance their capabilities in drawing as a means to express themselves. In this class you will learn to draw what you see realistically by carefully observing spatial relationships of objects to the world around them, or of an object to itself. Many forms of paper and media are explored. As skills are acquired students learn to abstract realism as another means of self-expression.
Theatre 95/Art 95
Introduction to Watercolor:Taught with 16 students, this is a course for beginners as well as for those students who wish to develop their ability. Emphasis is on exploring the unique characteristics of the medium to create free flowing, luminous and vibrant watercolor paintings. Students concentrate on discovering how paper choices and its preparation, various brushes, color mixing and selection, composition and creativity techniques have various effects on the final outcome of the painting and offer myriad opportunities for self-expression.