University of Virginia

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

MFA-3 year intensive with minimum of 2 realized designs and 2 realized technology projects. Focus on process, collaboration, research. Commitment to exploration of artistic vision, experiential learning, leadership development and professional portfolio. Resources include The Collection of Historic Dress, our vintage/antique collection. Prerequisites BA in theatre or equivalent. Grounding in all areas of theatre with focused preparation for professional work/graduate study through portfolio preparation/URTA audition.

Areas of Focus

  • Design and Technology with parallel courses

Degrees Offered

  • BA: in Theatre with Costume Emphasis
  • MFA: Costume Design/Technology


  • Gweneth West: Costume Design (MFA UTexas at Austin).
  • Marcy Linton: Costume Technology (MFA UNC-Chapel Hill).


  • Dorothy Smith: Costume Shop Manager (UVA)

General Contact Information

Gweneth West
University of Virginia
Department of Drama
P. O. Box 400128
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4128

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