Costume Design

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

36 months
50850 USD/year
50850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Costume Design program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts encourages students to break with traditional notions of costume design—and think instead in terms of garments that expand or otherwise reshape the physical space of performers.


Course Description 

In the Costume Design program from California Institute of the Arts CalArts, critical thinking is emphasized, as is the designer’s contribution to the collaborative process not just as a costume designer but as a critical aesthetic voice in the development on any given project. The curriculum is anchored around the application of contemporary arts philosophies to the medium of design and takes a global approach to exploring modes of dress and adornment, including the relationship between new media and 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Costume Design
  • Historical Patterning
  • Performance by Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Open Dress
  • Open Studio
  • Graduate Closure
  • Digital Rendering
  • Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • Interpretive Strategies for Performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

Submit Your Application

International Academic Transcript
  • Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in English translation.International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. 

Declaration of Finances

  • All students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must complete the online Declaration of Finances form after they have been accepted and submitted their Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) form. This form is to verify that you have sufficient financial resources to pay all educational and living expenses while attending the California Institute of the Arts.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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Costume Design
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