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Department of Theatre and Dance


MFA in Costume Design

MFA in Costume Design and Technology

The MFA degree is an intensive three-year program of study designed to provide professional-grade training in the areas of: costume, hair, and make-up design, supported by comprehensive technology coursework.

The University of South Carolina’s Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology offers the graduate candidate a unique educational experience.  The MFA candidate will take a set of core classes in design and technology.  Based on the candidate’s skills and abilities, his/her program of study is adjusted to fit individual needs and interests.

The graduate experience includes a competitive assistantship and tuition stipend.  The assistantship consists of a 16-hour work week in the costume studio, supporting the technical needs of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Students work with one another in a collaborative environment under the guidance and mentorship of three full-time design/technology faculty supervisors.

A student's first two years are filled with a comprehensive curriculum covering advanced studies in design, technology and history. This curriculum is structured to support the student’s realized production work on the department’s main stage.

In the third year, each student completes a financially supported semester-long internship.  The internship can be in a professional theatre, film or television venue, which the student finds with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Each student exits the program with at least three fully-realized design credits, as well as a competitive design/tech portfolio.  A flexible, hands-on approach allows the student to pursue individual interests while receiving expert instruction in such areas as the design process, pattern making, costume crafts and hair/make-up.

The University of South Carolina’s Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology is a program from which most students place into jobs immediately following graduation.

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Interested in applying?

Contact Spencer Henderson at: 
803.777.2500
mhenders@mailbox.sc.edu