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Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_THEA
Control number: 37192
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician Certificate will provide students with a course of study leading to certification and employment as a Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician and prepare students for occupational competency in educational, community and professional theater venues, theme parks, television and motion picture studios and special events.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze a script, determine the costume needs, then execute a costume plot for actors in a live theatrical production.
  2. Apply basic sewing techniques, clean and press costumes before and after performances, and make repairs for costumes as required in a live theatrical production.
  3. Determine and execute basic theatrical wardrobe production practices including inventory control, wardrobe cleaning and storing techniques for a live theatrical production.
  4. Plan and execute a costume quick change for cast members as required in a live theatrical production.
  5. Create and present a resume, a portfolio and a job search plan for employment as a costume production and wardrobe technician.
  6. View live theater productions, opera, symphonic, pop and classical music concerts and/or dance concerts to generate discussion and written critical evaluation.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
THEA G126Play Production and Performance 22
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew2
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
THEA G180Basic Costume Sewing, Construction and Wardrobe Techniques2
THEA G211Musical Theater Production and Performance 22
Select one of the following:3
THEA G174Scenic Painting and Technical Production Techniques3
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
Total Units17

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1: 

Course Title Units
Semester 1
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
THEA G180Basic Costume Sewing, Construction and Wardrobe Techniques2
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew2
Units7
Course Title Units
Semester 2
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
THEA G126Play Production and Performance 22
THEA G211Musical Theater Production and Performance 22
Select one of the following:3
THEA G174Scenic Painting and Technical Production Techniques3
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
Units10