USC Summer Institute for Costume Designers

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USC Summer Institute for Costume Designers
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 31, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the school leadership has made the decision to cancel the USC Summer Institute for Costume Designers for Summer 2020. Please check back with us later this year for information about Summer 2021.


Come to Los Angeles for an intensive four-week summer training program in the heart of Hollywood. Learn how to design and construct costumes for the theatre, film and television industries. Outings to museums, the garment district, and theatres immerse participants in the culture of Los Angeles.


Classes are taught in English, with a Mandarin translator, by the internationally-acclaimed faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. The School’s faculty of working artists are experts in their field and have an intimate understanding of the industry.


Program Fee $3,910 (U.S.) 课程费用3910美元
Housing Plan (additional/optional): $1,632 (U.S.) 住宿(额外/可选):1632美元
Meal Plan (additional/optional): $1,160 (U.S.) 伙食(额外/可选):1160美元

Applications due: March 25, 2020

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Course Descriptions 课程包括

  • Introduction to Western Costume Design 西方戏服设计导论

           Overview of the course; periods and styles; the function of costume design in drama

  • A History of Costumes 1 戏服史1

           Focus on 14th through 17th Century costumes, including the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo

  • A History of Costumes 2 戏服史2

           From the 18th to the 21st Century, covering the Romantic and Victorian periods, 20th Century artistic revolutions, and the first decades of the new millennia

  • Introduction to Costume Construction 戏服制作入门

           Learning the machinery in the costume shop; hand sewing

  • Construction Lab 制作实验室

           Building a costume; working on patterns, cutting chosen fabrics, sewing, fitting and adjusting

  • Drawing Class 绘画课

           How to draw fabric renditions, how to paint draped fabrics, using new media tools for drawing

Tentative Schedule