Description provided by the program

Our Performing and Media Arts major allows students to broaden their experiences in the disciplines and benefit from the synergies between the study and practice of dance and movement, live theatre and media arts. PMA majors take courses in each of our four rubrics which are: History/Theory/Criticism, Creative Authorship, Design, and Embodied Performance, as well as engaging in experiential learning in various production labs, and a capstone Senior Studio course. Specifically within the design rubric, under the guidance of professional designers, Cornell students develop the creative and technical skills needed for the elegant, expressive and imaginative transformation of ideas into a particular visual or aural medium. Students discover the ways in which design provides a means of organizing spatial, visual and auditory information into compositions that are artistically and conceptually rigorous. As part of the major, students complete a sequence of three courses including a 2 course progression within the 3000 level (and potentially above), with the 3rd course adding depth and breadth to the chosen focus. The student could use this required sequence, as well as elective courses to concentrate on their interest in the costume area, or design in general, combining scenic, costume, lighting or sound. We also welcome students interested in a double-major within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Performing and Media Arts offers four minors (Performing and Media Arts, Theatre, Film and Dance). The minors are open to all students in the university, including those outside the College of Arts and Sciences.

Areas of Focus

  • Costume Design

Degrees Offered

  • BA: in Performing and Media Arts


  • Sarah Eckert Bernstein: Resident Costume Designer, Senior Lecturer: Costume Design and Costume History.


  • Lisa Boquist: Teaching Support Specialist/Costume Shop Supervisor

General Contact Information

Sarah Eckert Bernstein
Department of Performing and Media Arts
Cornell University
430 College Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850

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