Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts


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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$10,737 $1,269 $12,006
Year 2$8,387 $1,242 $9,629
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$19,124 $2,511 $21,635

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

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
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 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.

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Jun 13, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Interview and portfolio.

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.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).


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School of Motion Picture Arts

604 990 7868
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Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma

Karen Matthews
604 986 1911, ext. 3512

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