Indiana University- Bloomington

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

The MFA programs value realized design and construction experience in several venues and genres coupled with an intensive curriculum in fine arts education. Students study and create in a state-of-the-art facility with a professional quality costume studio, two mainstage theatres and a technology enhanced design studio. All students accepted into the program are offered a fee remission to cover tuition and a Graduate Assistantship. Students may also opt for a graduate level study-abroad course in London. We offer one to two masterclasses per year with high profile professionals in the field of costuming. The MFA Costume Design curriculum includes graduate level courses in collaboration, design, rendering, tailoring, masks, historic costume and its social aspects enhanced with electives in costume technology, crafts and the visual arts. Students design at least four major productions and may have opportunities for professional design with our professional summer theatre company, Indiana University Summer Theatre. The MFA in Costume Technology is a recent addition to an already strong MFA costume program. The new curriculum includes graduate level courses in collaboration, draping, patternmaking, tailoring, period construction, fabric science, costume history and fundamentals in costume design. The graduate student with a desire to teach may have the opportunity to be the instructor on an undergraduate costume construction course. Students will be the lead cutter/draper on at least four major productions while in residence and will work as first hands or stitchers on many others. Proud Members of : NAST, URTA, USITT, USA Local 829, IATSE,CSA, CSGB

Areas of Focus

  • Design & Collaboration
  • Dressmaking & Tailoring

Degrees Offered

  • BA: Costume
  • MFA: Costume Design
  • MFA: Costume Technology


  • Professor Linda Pisano: USA local 829: Costume Design, Rendering, Historic Costume, Masks, Opera & Dance Design. (Head of Design & Technology).
  • Professor Heather Milam: Costume Technology, Draping, Patternmaking, Period Costume Construction, Tailoring.
  • Academic Specialist, Robbie Stanton: IATTSE, Costume Studio Supervisor; Management & Technology.
  • Academic Specialist, Anne Sorenson: Cutter/Draper.
  • Guest artists: Visiting guest artists in costume design and technology.


  • Graduate Student Assistants:
  • Undergraduate Assistants:
  • overhire stitchers, wardrobe and wig/crafts per production needs:

General Contact Information

Linda Pisano
IU Theatre & Drama Center
275 North Jordan Avenue A300F
Indiana University, Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405-1101
FAX: 812-856-0698

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