Dramatic Arts (Costume Design)

University of Connecticut

36 months
2054 USD/credit
1442 USD/credit
853 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design aims to give extensive practical training to students who already have basic costume design skills. Students will be trained in aesthetics and costume design and research techniques, as well as theatre history and literature, and the business skills required for survival in the professional theatre world. 

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This program includes many production-design assignments at the CRT as well as on-the-job training with professional technicians in other areas of design, puppet arts and production crafts. Most students in this program create the principal costume design for as many as three fully mounted Studio Works and Main Stage CRT productions during their three years of residency. One Main Stage design during the third year will serve as the student’s official MFA final project.

During the second semester of the second year of this MFA program, students have the option of studying abroad. The University of Connecticut has an active exchange program with Bournemouth University, College of Arts and Design. It is an institution located on the picturesque Southern Coast of England in Dorset, a short train ride from London. The College specializes in film and television design and production, among other more traditional costume arts and crafts.

Because all of our faculty designers (scenic, costume and lighting) work professionally in prestigious regional theatre venues as well as Off- and On-Broadway, graduate students often have the opportunity to assist in support work on their projects, gaining experience in a variety of venues and establishing invaluable contacts within the professional design world. The department also encourages graduate students (often with financial support) to attend and participate actively in such organizations as USITT and OISTAT at the Prague Quadrennial and Young Designers’ Forum as another bridge into the professional world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Practicum in Theatre Studies
  • Field Studies Internship in Design/Technical Theatre
  • Internship in Dramatic Arts
  • Independent Study in Theatre Studies
  • Special Topics in Theatre Studies
  • Studies in Costume Design
  • Costume Design: Poetic Realism
  • Costume Design: Comic Exaggeration
  • Costume Design: Tragedy and Post Modernism
  • Costume Design: Fantasy and Opera
  • Costume Design: Dance and Musicals
  • Costume Design: Performance Art
  • Costume Design: Film
  • Studies in Applied Costume Craft

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements:

Undergraduate Degree

  • You must hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • They do not consider 3 year bachelor’s degrees from India, Canada, or Australia to be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. However, additional graduate level course work after earning a 3 year bachelor’s degree maybe considered for equivalency.
Official Transcripts
  • You must submit all applicable, official transcripts.
Graduate Test Scores
  • Many programs require submission of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Some programs require specific GRE Subject Tests. Business programs require the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2054 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2054 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    853 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 853 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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Dramatic Arts (Costume Design)
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