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Webster University's Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts is a leader in innovative solutions to technical problems, utilizing highly skilled professionals and up-to-date equipment. The costume construction emphasis supplies students with the necessary skills in a classroom setting, and then allows them to execute those skills in a production setting. It is within these duel environments that students learn their craft.

What to Expect

The first year of the program parallels that of Costume Design. First-year classes include Introduction to Drawing, 2D Design, 3D design, Figure Drawing, Visual History, Scenography, Drafting, Technical Production I and Introduction to Pattern Drafting. These classes insure all design/tech students finish the first year with the same professional vocabulary and expectations. The first-year production experiences include work as a crew member, design assistant and wardrobe manager.

The second year includes literature, design and skill-driven classes, including Theatre History, Major Dramatists, Fundamentals of Design, Rendering, Crew Management, Costume Construction, Draping and Pattern Drafting. The second-year production experiences include work as a draper, design assistant and crafts head.

The third year includes both skill-driven classes and the opportunity to study design, study abroad or explore an internship. Costume Construction as an art form is quite limited without the investigation and appreciation of visual design. Consequently, costume construction students are encouraged to take design classes, such as Costume Design I, Scene Design I, Lighting Design I, Makeup Design I and Scene Painting I, as well as Millinery and Corset Construction. The third-year production experiences include work as a milliner, design assistant and head draper.

The fourth year also offers the opportunity to study abroad or explore an internship. The fourth-year classes include Costume Design II, Scene Design II, Lighting Design II, Scene Painting II, Makeup Design II, Fabric Painting and Dyeing, Tailoring or Textiles. The fourth-year production experiences include work as a painter dyer, tailor, design assistant and head draper. 
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Student actors in Conservatory show

At Webster's Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts, we'll help you achieve academic excellence preparing you for future career successes. The first step is to fill out our application. 

Contact: John Wylie, Head of Design/Tech

Dee Graham
David Huffman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient

“My time here at Webster has broadened my viewpoints and my ability to empathize with others. In the world of entertainment, more and more diverse voices are being heard.”

Dee Graham
Dee Graham

BFA in Costume Construction, ‘22

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