BFA–Theatre, Costume Production major

The Design & Production programs prepare talented and committed students for careers in the professional world of theatre and related entertainment media. The program curriculum stresses the development of a student as a theatre artist, focusing on collaboration, imagination, intellect, communication skills, and oral critique, as well as preparation for a professional career.

During each year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, courses in design, production, graphic skills, management, and dramatic literature follow a carefully integrated sequence of class exercises and production opportunities. The committed students who pursue the BFA–Theatre degree in Design, Production, or Stage Management at Boston University discover who they are, what they do well, and what they are capable of doing. They learn to be collaborative theatre artists who work productively under the stresses of the theatrical profession and, most importantly, they learn to integrate design, production, and management skills with their own personal sensibility.

Learning Outcomes

The Costume Production program aims to develop a complete theatre artist by fostering a passion for theatre, storytelling, design, production, and the collaborative process. Through their required coursework and production assignments, Costume Production students will:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of how costume production contributes to the creation of theatre through coursework and participation in productions.
  2. Demonstrate leadership qualities through opportunities to employ and utilize learned Design, Production, and Management knowledge.
  3. Collaborate and participate effectively in teams, in both leading and supporting roles.
  4. Solve problems creatively and achieve a high level of cognitive analytical thinking demonstrated through problem solving.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to multitask and develop excellent time management practices.
  6. Communicate organized, complex ideas to both educators and peers.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills necessary to be a professional in the costume production field, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, draping, millinery, dyeing, proper use of fabric, and the ability to clothe the human form with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional knowledge and implementation.

Requirements

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Costume Production will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Aesthetic & Historical Interpretation, as well as some of the requirements in Communication; Diversity, Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship; and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Program of Study

(minimum of 130 credits)

First Year

All freshmen Design, Production, and Stage Management students are admitted to the Theatre Design, Production & Management core curriculum. The freshman core is designed to provide an appropriate context for faculty evaluations of each student’s strengths, interests, and potential for success in the upper years of training. At the end of the freshman year, each student declares a major. This decision is reviewed by all members of the School of Theatre faculty before a student is officially enrolled in his or her major.

The Theatre Design, Production & Management core provides a foundation for all future study in design (lighting, scenery, costume, or sound), production (technical or costume), stage management, or theatre arts design & production. By acquiring a base of artistic and technical skills, students begin to explore the breadth and depth of what it means to be a professional theatre artist today. Please see the Freshman Core section for complete distribution guidelines.

The foundational methods class for Costume Production majors in the Core is Costume Construction (CFA TH 182). Should a student elect not to take this course as part of the Design, Production & Management core, they will be required to take this course in the spring of their sophomore year.

The foundational drafting class for Costume Production majors in the Core is Figure Drawing (CFA TH 178). Should a student elect not to take this course as part of the Design, Production & Management core, they will be required to take this course in the spring of their sophomore year.

Second Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 297 & 298 Production^ 2+ 2+
CFA TH 279 & 280 Costume Prod. 1 & 2 3 3
CFA TH 275 & 276 Costume Design 1 & 2 3 3
CFA TH 255 & 256 Hist. of Costume 1 & 2# 2 2
CFA TH 381 & 382 Fabric Dyeing 1 & 2# 1 1
CFA TH 177 & 178 Figure Drawing 1 & 2 1 1
BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major 4
Total 17± 13±
Third Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 397 & 398 Production^
2+ 2+
CFA TH 379 Cost. Prod. 3: Modern Tailoring# 3
CFA TH 380 Cost. Prod. 4: Modern Tailoring# 3
CFA TH 481 & 482 Millinery 1 & 2# 1 1
CFA TH 282 Intro to Textiles# 1
CFA TH 263 Scene Design 1 or
CFA TH 283 Lighting Design 1
3
BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major 4 4
Approved elective* 4
Total 14± 16±
Fourth Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 497 & 498 Production^ 2+ 2+
CFA TH 479 Costume Production 5: Advanced Draping–19th Century 3
CFA TH 480 Costume Production 6: Advanced Draping–20th Century 3
CFA TH 357 Cost. Prod. 7: Historical Tailoring# 3
CFA TH 358 Cost. Prod. 8: Ladies’ Tailoring# 3
Directing elective* 2
Drama Literature elective* 3 3
BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major 4 4
Total 18± 16±

^Production classes in the core are 2 credits each as assignments are closely monitored to help students acclimate to the workload in the program. Thereafter production classes are variable credit, depending on the artistic assignment. Production assignments are made by the faculty based on individual student assessment and can be viewed in three stages of the production process:

  • Pre-production: The preparatory work before the rehearsal and build process begins.
  • Production: The rehearsal and build process through opening performance.
  • Performance: The run of the production in front of an audience.

Typically, credits will be awarded as follows:

  • Participation in one stage of the design & production process = 1 credit
  • Participation in two stages of the design & production process = 2 credits
  • Participation in three stages of the design & production process = 3 credits

Credits listed are the fewest a student can earn in a given semester.

#Costume Production 3 & 4 (CFA TH 379 & TH 380) is offered in rotation with Costume Production 7 & 8 (CFA TH 357 & TH 358). Costume Production 3 & 4 is offered in even academic years (i.e., AY 20, 22). Costume Production 7 & 8 is offered in odd academic years (i.e., AY 19, 21).

Fabric Dyeing 1 & 2 (CFA TH 381 & 382) is offered in rotation with Millinery 1 & 2 (CFA TH 481 & 482). Fabric Dyeing is offered in even academic years (i.e., AY 20, 22). Millinery is offered in odd academic years (i.e., AY 19, 21).

History of Costume (CFA TH 255 & 256) is offered in rotation with Intro to Textiles (CFA TH 282). History of Costume is offered in even academic years (i.e., AY 20, 22). Intro to Textiles is offered in odd academic years (i.e., AY 19, 21).

*Students select Directing, Drama Literature, and Approved electives in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Courses from which a student may select include but are not limited to:

Directing

  • CFA TH 240 Beginning Directing
  • CFA TH 453 Undergraduate Masterclass
  • CFA TH 454 Undergraduate Masterclass

Drama Literature

  • CFA TH 201 Dramatic Literature: 1850–1950
  • CFA TH 202 Dramatic Literature: 1950–1990
  • CFA TH 402 Contemporary Dramatic Literature: 1990–Present
  • CAS EN 355 Modern Drama 1
  • CAS EN 356 Modern Drama 2
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare 1
  • CAS EN 364 Shakespeare 2
  • CAS LR 355 Chekhov: The Stories & Plays (in English Translation)

Approved Elective

Students select courses totaling 4 credits (typically one to two courses) offered by Boston University in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Students electing to take courses to fulfill their Directing, Drama Literature, and Approved electives that are not listed above require the approval of their faculty advisor.

± Total credits per semester vary according to the courses selected. Credits listed are the fewest a student could earn. All BFA–Theatre students with a Costume Production major must earn at least 130 credits to graduate.