Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: College advice
If I might throw in my two cents about another NYS school, I just got my BA from the SUNY new Paltz Theatre Department. While there weren't as many classes in costuming as I wished (I took them all) they have the well-respected Summer Repetory theatre program. I worked in the costume shop there for two summers and learned much more than I ever did in class. They also are very good at encouraging student designers. I designed a mainstage my junior year. (rare I;ve noticed) If you have the aptitude, they will recognize it. Jack Wade, the lighting and theatre History professor will do anything too. He got me professional contacts, wrote letters of reccommendation, helped me get my portfolio together, even when I had already graduated. He is a dream director to work with too. What you get out of school is what you make of it. I have already worked professionally alot more than most just-out-of-school-without-a-masters college students would because of that program.
Julia Logan Trimarco wrote:
>From: Stacey Dunleavy <anastasi5@...>
>FIT! They have all aspects of the fashion industry,
...I've been taking classes in their patternmaking department
and they cover design technique for independent dressmakers as
well as industrial processes for production management.
>--- Beverly Bullock <bbullock2000@...> wrote:
> > SUNY-Purchase has a good theatre department, as does
> > NYU (very expensive, NYU). Syracuse has good theatre
> > and art.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: roseleigh248
I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips hints or info on good
colleges to apply to especially in NY and portfolios. I am a high school
senior and want to become a costume deigner for theater or TV. I have been
working and pracicing to improve myself. ..My dream is to get out to
California one day and work there...but first I need to get ymself into a
good college with the major I need. Thank you
> > again. ~Casey
I got my MFA from SUNY Purchase. They also have an intense,
concservatory-style BFA program for undergraduates. It sounds like you are
seroius about theatre. IF you are dead sure that all you want to do is
design (once you make some contacts and get some experience, you can design
anything from film, t.v., commercials, theatre, events,etc.) then it might
be the program for you.
I say that because I got a more traditional Theatre Degree from a liberal
arts college, and it gave me more time to explore various interest in
literature, performance, dance, directing, etc.
At Purchase, you will be thrown head first into a program designed to make
you a working professional in four years. You will not be allowed to work
outside of the conservatory (except for workstudy), to sing, dance, act,
On the up side, I think it is a great program, and you will learn from New
York pros, take field trips to theatres in the city (1/2 hour away). It will
consume your life, but if it's really what you want, you'll love it.
a brief note on FIT. I have several friends that went there, a few of which
ended up at Purchase, when they decided they'd rather learn more about
costumes in theatre, and less about industrial design applications.
Costuming for theatre is VERY different. Fashion designers create things out
a their head from pure original creativity, with only a few broad
guidelines. Costume designers interpret a playwright's intent, and condense
the message of a play (including the setting, historical, or otherwise) into
the visual medium of clothing. Not to say that some classes at FIT wouldn't
be useful, they probably would. But you won't get much transfer credit for
them at Purchase.
One class you can take anywhere, that is necessary is Figure Drawing.
What are you practicing and improving?
Whatever you are doing, take lots of pictures! If you are making a costume
for yourself, take pictures at each construction step. Keep copies of any
historical research you used. Write down design ideas and concepts for each
project and keep them in your portfolio. Check out local theatre companies
near you, whether professional or community, and see if they need a
volunteer. Show up, do whatever they ask, and ask lots of questions.
MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos:
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