Description provided by the program
The program balances coursework with production assignments to provide a well rounded education. Graduate students in costume design study scenery and lighting design and participate in a production every term to build their portfolios. Current employment of alums includes designers, professors, shop managers and entrepreneurs in design and costume related fields. Our MFA is unique as coursework includes a focus in both scholarship and production. Student take classes in costume design, history, construction, and patterning, set and lighting design, as well as theatre history, literature, theory, and criticism. A course on Professional Issues for Designers is offered every other year, and focuses on resumes, professional practice in the industry, interviewing, and portfolios. Generally, our graduates seek jobs in small colleges where they will be teaching in more than one field. We have found this program builds an excellent foundation for this kind of appointment. As our program is small, each student receives personalized mentoring in classes and on projects. Graduate assistants supervise students in the costume labs and may have teaching appointments to fulfill their assignments. We have three theatres, a proscenium seating 300, a new black box for 150, and a small proscenium for 80. We have recently completed an addition to our facilities, including a spacious, well-equipped new costume studio with windows. We produce five shows and one special event a year in the two larger theatres as a part of our season. Graduates generally have the opportunity to design one or two productions a year in either the proscenium or black box, so over the three years in residence, they have several chances to have their work executed. The third theatre is entirely student run, and the option of designing there for no credit is another way to gain experience.
Areas of Focus
- Jeanette deJong: Costume Design, Draping, Patterning, Professional Practice.
- Vicki Vanecek-Young: Costume Shop Manager, Cutter/Draper
- Also: Occasional overhire
General Contact Information
Department of Theatre Arts
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403