Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/9;12/10;11/12;12/13

1. Description -
An introduction to sewing techniques, pattern cutting, costume room equipment and the design and fabrication of clothing and costumes for the theatre and stage.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in THTR 75.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. research, classify and identify costume styles and periods for the theatre and stage.
  2. understand the practical elements of producing costumes for a show including creating costumes for the stage.
  3. identify fabric weaves, fibers, fabric names and uses.
  4. analyze and practice with the techniques of costume construction for the stage.
  5. develop techniques of pattern cutting, layout and sizing of patterns and clothing for costumes on the stage.
  6. interpret sketches and renderings of costume designs for theatrical productions, and understand the techniques used to create costumes for various regions and in different cultures.
  7. understand the organization elements in creating costumes for production
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Studio facilities with access to sewing machines and tables, overlock, blind hemmer, industrial iron and table, steamer, and costume shop. Space appropriate for storing class materials and projects. Space appropriate for storing show costumes.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Research and analyze clothing for particular periods in history and the relationship to the theatre, stage and script.
  2. Practice body measuring, pulling costumes, fitting, garment measuring, garment alterations, show maintenance and laundering theatrical costumes.
  3. Study fabric basics, distinguishing differences in fabric weaves and fibers. Identify fabric names and their sewing properties and practical usage.
  4. Practice techniques of cutting, sewing, craftmaking (including textiles and millinery), and building and finishing the costume design using sewing machines, scissors, needles, threads, steaming and ironing equipment.
  5. Draft costume patterns for the stage by using paper,tape, tape measures, dress forms and muslin.
  6. Analyze the use of line, texture, color and form in the creation of costume design in American, European, Hispanic, African and/or Eastern/Asian theatrical societies.
  7. Analyze a script, create a costume plot, production schedule, and evaluate costs and budgeting for costumes in the theatre.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. In-class projects
  2. Assigned construction exercises
  3. Project review
  4. Final exam project/paper
7. Representative Text(s) -
Cunningham, Rebecca. Basic Sewing for Costume Construction: A Handbook, 2nd Edition. Waveland Press Inc, 2011.
Ingham, Rosemary and Liz Covey. Costume Technicians Handbook. 3rd ed. Portsmouth: Heineman Drama, 2003.

The Ingham/2003 text is the current school standard, and needs to be included. Sewing techniques do not change much, and it's research and shopping sections are updated yearly online to keep relevant.

8. Disciplines -
Theatre Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion covering costume research, technology and construction.
  2. Oral presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  3. Instructor guided laboratory practice sessions.
  4. Instructor demonstrations of costume technology and techniques.

10. Lab Content -
  1. Supervised construction of related projects including racking a show and pulling existing garments, creating new garments and accessories and maintaining the show during its run.
  2. Post show projects include millinery and thermoplastic fabrication and advanced structuring such as tailoring and corsetry.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include reading a script and chapters from the textbook, as well as research assignments that include verbal and visual research.
  2. Students complete a paper that outlines the techniques they have learned in this class.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.A. degree in Theatre Arts.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-05 07:50:46

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines