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Costume Production, M. F. A.

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The purpose of the Master of Fine Arts program in Costume Production is to develop the skills and attitudes needed for a professional or educational career in the costume arts. The program is dedicated to the training of the theatre artist who is responsible for the realization of the designer’s vision.PlayMakers Repertory Company, a professional Equity theatre and member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), is affiliated with the Department of Dramatic Art. The opportunity to work in a professional costume shop provides an integral part of the teaching process. Invaluable production training is gained by committing to the creation of costumes meeting exceptionally high standards required in the professional theatre.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Beginning Flat Pattern
  • Survey of Western Costume History
  • Beginning Draping
  • Costume Design for the Technician
  • Choices in Program Emphasis
  • Seminars in Professional Practice
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Portfolios should be submitted in a PowerPoint format with text accompanying the digital images.  A CD will not be returned.
  • This portfolio should contain images demonstrating examples of skills related to the discipline, photos of realized productions, and any other supporting evidence of professional experience.
  • A link to the applicant’s website is an acceptable form of portfolio.

On review of the materials by the faculty of the Costume Production program, the prospective student may be asked to schedule an on-site interview. The interview will include participation in classes, conversations with current students and staff, and a portfolio presentation. The interview should take place before February 28th.

Prospective students should complete an online application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill here. For more information about the Graduate School, go here. In addition to the above materials, the application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation and two official transcripts.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14712 USD/semester
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  • National

    6016 USD/semester
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Living costs for Chapel Hill

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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