University of Oregon

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

The MFA at the University of Oregon includes a focus in both scholarship and production. Student take classes in costume design, history, construction, patterning, draping, and 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. The program balances coursework with production assignments to provide a well-rounded education. Graduate students in costume design participate in a production every term to build their portfolios as technicians, drapers, or designers. We have three theatres, a proscenium seating 300, a new black box for 150, and a small proscenium for 80 that is entirely student run. We produce five shows 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 a variety of chances to have their work realized. We have a well-equipped, spacious, and airy new costume studio. 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. Generally, our graduates seek their first jobs at small universities. We have found this program builds an excellent foundation for this kind of appointment. Past costume graduates are now working as designers, professors, shop managers and entrepreneurs in design and costume related fields.

Areas of Focus

  • Design

Degrees Offered

  • BA: General
  • MFA: Design


  • Jeanette deJong: Costume Design, Draping, Patterning, Professional Practice.


  • Vicki Vanecek-Young: Costume Shop Manager, Cutter/Draper
  • Also: Occasional overhire

General Contact Information

Jeanette deJong
Department of Theatre Arts
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
FAX: 541-346-1978

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