Why Study Costume Design?

    You are passionate about theatre. You are creative, talented, and enjoy collaborating with others. In the Costume Design Concentration you will learn to think critically and create designs that support productions that address the current issues in our society. You will be actively engaged in our productions learning the practical skills needed to execute your ideas.

    Why Study Costume Design at MMC?

    You will receive strong conservatory training in a robust theatre program while earning a well-rounded college experience. You will develop a pre-professional design process that integrates disciplines from across the College. Experience everything New York City offers as the center of the entertainment industry. You will learn from faculty members who are working professional designers. Our design and technology course sequence builds a thorough design process incorporating technical skills, theatre history, and practical experience. Our inclusive and diverse student body have opportunities to study with New York theatre professionals, design mainstage productions, establish professional contacts, participate in a one-on-one mentorship, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers, theatres, television studios, and film companies. The Costume Design concentration will support your development as a costume designer, costume maker, and costume historian. 

    What You Will Learn

    • You’ll learn to curate costume choices through script and character analysis and practice the art and craft of presenting a character’s visual story.
    • You’ll develop drawing and painting skills to communicate your ideas and concept.
    • You’ll develop a professional portfolio for a career in the entertainment industry or for application to graduate school.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to design the costumes for productions in out Theresa Lang Theatre. 

      Through coursework and experiential participation in mounted production opportunities, you’ll learn visual and dramatic analysis, conceptualization, and research skills needed to plan designs and effectively present them to directors and other production team members.  


    Program Highlights

    Costume Lab
    The Costume Lab is a fantastic resource for practicing your craft. Students will have the opportunity to design and build costumes for both Dance and Theatre performances utilizing Lab resources and close faculty mentorship. 
    New York City
    Experience working as an intern in New York theatre, film and television. Design and Technology students have worked at Saturday Night Live art department, New York Public Theatre shops, The Lighting Syndicate, David Korins Studio and other professional designers.
    Design and Technical Production Showcase 2019
    All design students take a senior seminar course where they get to collaborate on large projects and develop digital portfolios to present to potential employers or graduate school applications — giving them the edge on post-graduation career development.


    Careers and Outcomes

    Marymount Manhattan College theatre alumni are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television, in film, at regional theaters, and everywhere in between. Many of our students also go on to graduate schools across the country and the world.


    • Saturday Night Live
    • Atlantic Theater Company
    • Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center
    • Millbrook Playhouse
    • The Broadway League
    • The York Theatre Company
    • Harbor Pictures, and many more!

    Careers and graduate studies

    • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
    • Saturday Night Live
    • New York Public Theatre
    • Santa Fe Opera
    • Julliard School
    • Yale University Drama School
    • Carnegie Mellon University Drama School
    • NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    MMC’s New York City

    The center of theatre in the United States, NYC is an amazing city in which to find your artistic voice. The College is centrally located in Manhattan and offers classes that allow students to experience the richness of the city. Our students are exposed to great theatre – on Broadway, Off-Broadway, along Theatre Row, and downtown in experimental theaters. Performance research and study is available throughout the city. Internships. Apprenticeships. Emerging medias. This city is your campus.

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