Penn State University

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

The M.F.A. Costume Design program offers a balanced combination of design and technology. A studio setting supports the instruction of design. Design curriculum is enhanced by a rotation of costume technology classes, as well as a core education in dramatic literature and theory. Study abroad opportunities in London, Italy, and Eastern Europe are integral to the program. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technology with an emphasis in Costume Design and Construction is an intensive pre-professional training program, coupled with the traditional college experience. The M.F.A. Costume Technology program offers an in-depth exposure to costume construction and crafts, enhanced by a design studio in the first year. Intensive and practical study in draping, flat patterning, construction, tailoring, millinery, and related theatrical crafts prepares the graduate student for immediate entry into the profession. The flexibility of programming allows each student the ability to explore areas of special and individualized interest.

Areas of Focus

  • Design
  • Tailoring and Menswear
  • Patternmaking
  • Textile Printing

Degrees Offered

  • BFA: Design and Technology
  • MFA: Design andTechnology
  • MFA: Costume Production


  • Laura Robinson: Head of Costume Production, Tailoring and Menswear specialist, Patternmaking, Costume Production.
  • Richard St Clair: Head of Costume Design, Design, Millinery.
  • Charlene Gross: Assitant Professor of Costume Design, Design, Costume Crafts, Fabric Modification, Make-up.


  • Diane Toyos: Costume Shop Manager, Rentals Manager
  • Amanda Ferg: Staff Draper

General Contact Information

Laura Robinson
School of Theatre
Penn State University
324 Academic Activities Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
FAX: 814-863-7363

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