University of South Alabama

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

The Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of South Alabama concentrates on training the undergraduate. The BA in Dramatic Arts allows the student the opportunity for a basic degree in theatre with a minor where elective courses can be chosen in student's area of interest. The BFA in Theatre Design & Technology is designed for students who desire to work in professional theatre or who plan to pursue Graduate Studies. The core curriculum grounds the student in all areas of theatre followed by an area of concentration. The Design & Technology concentration includes classes in Costume, Scenic and Lighting Fundamentals and Design as well as Drafting and Drawing for the Theatre, Rendering, Computer Graphics for the Theatre, Draping and Pattern Drafting, Costume Crafts, Period Styles, Advanced Design, and Capstone. Electives are highly encouraged in Studio Art and Art History. Students may qualify for design of mainstage Theatre USA productions. Finally students must complete an Internship with a professional theatre. Theatres where USA costume students have interned include Santa Fe Opera, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Colorado Shakespeare and Porthouse Theatre. Graduates will be found working at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, the Roundabout Theatre, HAMILTON on Broadway, THE CRUCIBLE on Broadway, ALL THE WAY on Broadway and SOMETHING ROTTEN on Broadway, to name a few.

Areas of Focus

  • Design
  • Costume Crafts
  • Wigs and Makeup
  • Costume Construction
  • Wardrobe

Degrees Offered

  • BFA: Design and Technology
  • BA:


  • Rebecca Britton: Associate Professor Design & Technology; M.F.A. University of Tennessee; costume classes taught Costume Design, Makeup Design, Costume Crafts, Pattern Development, Period Style, Rendering, Portfolio, Advanced Design Special Topics Design & Technology.
  • Lyle Miller: Professor of Technical Theatre & Stage Design; M.F.A. University of Oklahoma; costume classes taught - Drafting and Drawing for the Theatre, Computer Graphics for the Theatre, Advanced Design Special Topics Design & Technology .
  • Dr. Lars Tatom: Associate Professor of Theatre, PhD. Univ. of Colorado, M.F.A. University of North Carolina Greensboro; classes taught - Professional Internship, and Capstone .

General Contact Information

Rebecca Britton
5751 USA Drive South Drive
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, Rm 1052
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
FAX 251-461-1511

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