• Transform your passion for fashion into practical career skills - 2019/2020

    For September 2020 and later start dates, please see Costume Production, TCS3.

    This three-semester Ontario Graduate Certificate program will build on your existing fashion design skills and prepare you to enter the world of costume development and creation for theatre. You'll learn both the technical and creative aspects of creating costumes for theatre through theory, hands-on development and a practical work placement. You'll learn about theatre history, wardrobe planning and how to analyze the script to bring the playwright's world to life.

    You'll have the unique opportunity to work with industry professionals within actual theatre wardrobe settings. You'll work with world-renowned artists at The Stratford Festival, The Shaw Festival, the Banff Centre of the Arts, The Grand Theatre London, The London Regional Art Museum, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET).

    When you graduate, you'll know how to craft everything from petticoats to jackets, breathing life into the characters on stage through your creations.

    Katelynn Zantingh
    Graduate 2015

    I love what I do and can't wait to put my schooling to good use! I love to create new and exciting costumes that haven't been seen before.


  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    An Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design with a minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA
    An Ontario College Diploma in a Theatre Production related program with a minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA and completion of a Portfolio and Sewing Test*
    An equivalent qualification from another institution with a minimum “B” average or 3.0 GPA as judged by the College and completion of a Portfolio and Sewing Test*
    A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above and completion of a Portfolio and Sewing Test* 

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    4. *Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on Portfolio and Sewing Test
  • Courses

    Costume Production-2019/2020

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    DESG-1056Period Cutting 12.5
    Introduction to cutting and fitting actors for stage and screen through pattern development and draping. Students learn how to measure actors, fit actors, and develop basic blocks and how to create patterns into various period shapes and styles.
    DESG-1057Tailoring 12.5
    Introduction to mens pattern techniques. Focusing on pattern development and construction of period waistcoats and trousers. Working from basic blocks to period shapes.
    FASH-1018Costume Construction 12.5
    Study of basic construction of period garments by hand and industrial machine assembly. Development of speed and accuracy while adhering to industry safety standards.
    DESG-1058Costume Design2
    The Study of design elements through life drawing and costume illustration. Students explore the use of colour theory, design language, and effective costume research techniques in developing a costume theme.
    Students will learn how to select, prepare, and create textiles for various stage effects. Students will learn about fibre, fabric construction, colour theory and different classifications of dye. Students will learn how to use sample vats for colour selection, and how to sample a vat prior to garment dye and yardage dyeing for a variety of fibre types. Students sample to achieve a colour standard then dye a garment and yardage the selected colour standard. Students will discuss factors that affect the perception of colour an pattern of textiles in theatre and film including lighting and scale. Students will learn how to age and breakdown costumes for a more authentic costume.
    DESG-1059Script Analysis2
    Understanding the costume requirements through critical analysis of the script. Students learn how to develop the paperwork required for a Wardrobe department.
    FASH-1040Costume Accessories 12.5
    A study and mastery of basic techniques used in the construction of Millinery. Students will build a different styles and periods using a variety of materials. This is a project-based course.
    THEA-1009Wardrobe Management3
    This course is a study of Wardrobe Management, students will learn techniques and principles on how to source, rent and shop for costume, while gaining an understanding of what it takes to manage a Wardrobe for stage or screen.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    DESG-3031Period Cutting 22.5
    Advanced study of cutting period costumes for women is covered. The focus is on bodices, petticoats and period shapes.
    DESG-3032Tailoring 22.5
    Advanced study and construction of the tailoring of mens period jackets. Overview of tailoring terminology and techniques will be covered.
    FASH-3014Costume Construction 22.5
    Advanced studies and application of specialty costume construction techniques is covered. Students have the opportunity to build period costume pieces from start to finish.
    HIST-1047Period Recognition3
    A study of the periods in history through dress. Focus will be on period recognition in each period of style.
    DESG-3043Wardrobe Practicum6
    In a Wardrobe department environment, students will be challenged to manage, create, assemble all aspects of costume production by applying their practical skills. Working together as a team they will produce costumes for shows, working alongside the technical and theatre arts departments. Team management, collaborative planning and creative problem solving are critical skills that are developed during this process.
    FASH-3025Costume Accessories 22.5
    A study of basic techniques used in construction or accessories and shoes. Student will create different accessory pieces using different materials, like wire, soft sculpting and thermoplastics.
    SFTY-1056General Health & Safety Field Placement0
    Ontario Law requires all students who participate in unpaid placements in workplaces to complete the same mandatory training as paid employees. This course covers two of these mandatory topics; Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems/Global Harmonized System and Worker Health and Safety Awareness.
    FASH-1051Costume Maintenance2
    In this course students will learn the skills to be a technician behind the scene. Students will gain the knowledge to be a dresser, understand how to maintain costumes and the paperwork that goes along with it.

    Level 3
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    FLDP-5016Practical Field Placement6.4
    Students apply their newly developed skills and knowledge within a theatre Wardrobe setting, working alongside industry professionals. The students performance is evaluated by the industry and field placement facilitator.

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 12 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and Graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates will gain the experience necessary for employment in a wardrobe environment as sewers, dyers, accessorists, boots/shoes, milliners, dressers or wardrobe management. As well, graduates could also become costume technicians in the film industry.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
    Program Code: TCS2
    Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    School of Digital and Performing Arts: 519-452-4430, ext. 6403

    Program Description

    This three term Ontario Graduate Certificate program will build upon students� existing Fashion Design and/or Theatre skills and prepare them for working in a wardrobe department for the entertainment industry. Students learn both the technical and creative aspects of costuming for theatre through components of classroom theory, studio training and practical work placement. Advanced classroom studies in theatre history, wardrobe planning and script analysis serve as the foundation for the focused practical training in technical costume cutting and construction.

    The curriculum is designed to provide technical study and hands-on experience of building costumes. The program offers students the unique opportunity to work in collaboration with industry professionals within actual theatre wardrobe settings during their field placement. This program is supported by affiliations with The Stratford Festival, The Shaw Festival, The Banff Centre of the Arts, The Grand Theatre London, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET).
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Develop and create costumes that express character, through the application of knowledge of the history of theatre and costume.
    2. Plan the development, creation, and maintenance of all aspects of costuming with respect to the organizational, logistical and financial factors involved in wardrobe.
    3. Analyze scripts in order to make costume development, creation and maintenance decisions.
    4. Communicate costume development concepts to a varied audience using a variety of visual media, including life drawing, illustration and/or wardrobe development.
    5. Create a technical translation of a costume illustration, using pattern making, draping, fitting and tailoring techniques that fulfill the director/designer's vision.
    6. Construct costumes and costume accessories that meet the specialized needs of various productions.
    7. Prepare, modify, decorate, and care for fabrics and costumes, based on a thorough knowledge of textile characteristics.
    8. Fulfill the responsibilities of a production team member in the complex world of live entertainment by applying excellent communication, interpersonal, critical thinking, problem solving, and time/ project management skills.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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