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Theatre Academy: Costume Design


The Theatre Academy Costume Program trains costume professionals through hands-on training for theater and film.

What topics are covered? What skills are developed?
  • Costume design for theater
    • Costume design for film & video, costume styling
  • Reading a play, script breakdowns, character breakdowns
  • Communicating your design
    • Sketching, swatching, character boards
    • Traditional and computer illustration techniques, developing your portfolio
    • Production meetings
  • Costume history, research, resourcing, shopping, budgeting
  • Pattern drafting and draping, measurements, fabric selection, cutting, fitting, construction
  • Selecting and creating accessories
  • Costume dyeing, painting, batiking
  • Wardrobe skills for theatre, film, and video:
    • Pulling a show, navigating costume storage, shop organization, costume maintenance
    • Theatre discipline and procedures, dress rehearsals, managing a crew, striking
  • Character makeup, hair & wigs

Inspector General Costume Designer Christina Bayer
The Inspector General, Costume Designer Christina Bayer, National winner Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Competition


Actors and directors ALWAYS need costumes to define and express their characters.

LACC Theatre Academy's 2-year Costume Program is less than $700/semester, plus books & supplies.

  • YOU WILL: need energy and enthusiasm to join a very active Theatre Academy.
  • WE WILL: help you grow and discover your strengths.
  • WE work in collaboration with studios, shops, employers in theater, television, film and entertainment to ensure our classes grow the skills they're looking for.
  • YOU DON'T: have to have a theater background.
  • YOU WON'T: pay heavy tuition and fees.
  • YOU DON'T: have to complete an AA (unless you want to, or to transfer to university). This is a certificate program.
  • VISIT US: see our shows, talk to us.

How is all this possible? No secret short-cuts—it takes hands-on, practical, experiential learning. Lab time is spent to develop skills needed for the mounting of live theatrical productions, the best training ground for any type of entertainment designer.

This is a highly selective and challenging course. Acceptance into the program is not a guarantee of continuance. From the initial interview and portfolio review, the student is constantly evaluated and challenged to meet and exceed standards. A student who cannot meet assignments while in constant production may be discontinued. The periodic evaluations are retained as source material to use in recommendations for future education and job applications.

At the completion of all the required program courses, the 2-year Professional Certificate for Theatrical Costuming is awarded. During the optional third-year program, the design student will concentrate on independent theater, film and video projects to advance the transition into the profession while utilizing the resources of the Academy.

A measure of the success of this intense, hands-on approach may be seen in our design majors' repeated advancement to the final round of the Television Academy's Summer Internship competition, including the 2018 winner, German Flores. This coveted award includes 3 2-week internships with television costume designers. 

The Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival competition is another example of our costume design majors competing with design students from 4-year institutions or graduate studies. The overall national winner in 2018 was Christina Bayer from LACC Theatre Academy.

The Costume Design Program is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for producing skilled and talented designers, design assistants, and all manner of wardrobe professionals.

Our graduates are working in the entertainment business in design, wardrobe and styling with Universal Studios, Disney, national touring companies, Cal Tech, and independent film and video productions.

Many career opportunities are available to graduates of the program:
  • Costume design: theater, film, video, commercial
  • Apprenticing with an established designer
  • Film, television, or video costuming, assisting, or wardrobe
  • Costume shop or costume rental house, theme park, or cruise ship

See some of the jobs and opportunities Costume Graduates have gone on to.

Admission Application

IMPORTANT! Please read the Frequently Asked Questions page before you complete an application.

Interested? Is this what you've been looking for? Check out the Sequence of Costume Classes.

Still interested? Visit the Theatre Academy Admission and Auditions page.

Call, email, or schedule a visit to see us in action.

Eddie Bledsoe
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2982

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


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