Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design
Students in the graduate Costume Design program at Kent State University learn a broad spectrum of skills -- from designing for theatre to design for television, film, and corporate mascots and other 3-D characters. Student designers have the opportunity to learn fabric modification, advanced cutting and draping skills, and work with some of the latest computer graphics software and hardware.
Graduate students design for the School of Theatre and Dance's annual production season and have the opportunity to design for Porthouse Theatre and other Corporate Theatre Projects, as well as receiving experience through arranged internships with professional theatre companies. Of special interest to costume students is the Kent State University Museum which was founded by fashion designer Shannon Rogers and focuses on fashion and interior artifacts.
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Michelle Hunt Souza
Assistant Professor of Costume Design
Admission and Portfolio Requirements
Individuals seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts program in design and technology must apply for graduate admission to Kent State University, apply for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance, and pass a portfolio review for their chosen specialization of costume design, lighting design, scenic design or theatre technology.
Costume Design Plan of Study
Students seeking an MFA in costume design will complete a total of 60 credit hours, 27 hours of core courses and 33 hours of coursework in their concentration.