Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts School of Motion Picture Arts


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

The two-year, full-time Costuming for Stage & Screen Diploma teaches students the technical and creative aspects of costuming for theatre and film.

You'll learn costume history, textiles, wardrobe management and cutting and construction techniques. You'll gain hands-on experience working on campus theatre productions and student film projects.

Our grads are well-qualified for entry-level positions in motion picture and theatre costuming departments.

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  • Apply advanced research techniques.
  • Utilize technical expertise in specific costuming skills (i.e. as costume designer, supervisor, assistant designer, head of wardrobe, cutter, stitcher, dyer, breakdown artist, set supervisor, truck costumer or set costumer.)
  • Present a comprehensive portfolio of work specific to the costuming field.
  • Work in positions of responsibility within the environment reflective of the industry, employ appropriate protocols and procedures, confidently lead the costume team by successfully demonstrating professional standards in leadership, collaboration and communication skills.
  • Develop a personal network of contacts, connections and resources within the industry.
  • Develop a clear sense of personal value and contribution to the department and the overall production.
  • Confidently formulate a strategic plan for entry and advancement within the profession.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the creative problem-solving demands characteristic of the industry.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Interview
  • Portfolio

Additional information

Students who have sufficient work experience in the film or theatre industries may be admitted on a case by case basis to the second year of the program.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 16.50

COST 100Costume Cutting and Construction I4.50 credits
COST 102History of Costume I3.00 credits
COST 104Wardrobe Management3.00 credits
THTR 152Costume Production I3.00 credits
TXTL 120Dyeing and Breakdown for Film and Theatre I3.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 16.50

COST 101Costume Cutting and Construction II4.50 credits
COST 103History of Costume II3.00 credits
COST 105Film Costumer Project3.00 credits
THTR 153Costume Production II3.00 credits
TXTL 121Dyeing and Breakdown for Film and Theatre II3.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 16.50

COST 200Costume Cutting and Construction III4.50 credits
COST 202Elements of Costume Design3.00 credits
THTR 266Costume Production III3.00 credits
TXTL 220Textile Arts for Costumers3.00 credits
ENGL100-level or higher3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00


Note: ENGL 100 is a course which students may take at any time. It is a requirement for graduation.

COST 203Costume Skills Intensive6.00 credits
COST 205Advanced Film Costumer Project3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
THTR 267Costume Production IV3.00 credits


Total program credits: 64.50

Program Notes

Students continuing in the second year of the Diploma must have successful completion of 21.00 COST credits, 6.00 THTR credits and 6.00 TXTL credits, and a minimum GPA of 3.00.


Have questions about this program?

School of Motion Picture Arts

604 990 7868
Bosa Centre for Film and Animation

Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma

Karen Matthews
604 986 1911, ext. 3512

Student Information Services

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604 984 1798 (fax)
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