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Wardrobe Technician and Costume Design Specialist Descriptions

SXG 100 Wardrobing for Theater, Film, and TV ?
1.2 CEU ?
This intensive program fully explains the costume and wardrobe world--the roles of costume and stylist shoppers, designers, wardrobe supervisors, and more. If you are artistic, organized, and interested in working with clothing, discover your own niche. Get information about this exciting business, including how to get started and your earnings potential. Meet specialists working in costume/styling-related positions in theater, film, and TV in New York City, where there are hundreds of entertainment productions taking place seven days a week, all of which offer opportunities for professionals in the costume and wardrobe field. Textbook recommendation given at first class.

Workshop leader: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist, and star dresser

SXG 120 Costume Design Theory and Practice ?
1.2 CEU ?
This informative program acquaints you with the theory and methods used by costume designers to create and allocate costumes for different facets of the entertainment industry. Both the creative innovation and the piratical responsibilities of this specialty are covered with first hand information about costume design in film, television, commercials, theater, etc. Class exercises include breaking down a short film to determine costume needs, how to create a costume "plot" and build character "closets". Collaboration and assembling a support-team with emphasis on who does what is included. Recommended for stylists, designers and costume technicians. 

Necessary art-related materials will be discussed at first class, approximately $30-35.

Instructor: Ingrid Price, TV, film, theatrical costume designer.  

SXG 130 Fashion in Film and Media ?
1.2 CEU ?
View iconic films, television shows, and music videos that have impacted style of dress in recent decades in this energetic and captivating program. Join with professionals of the entertainment world to discuss and critique the wardrobe style and theme of each movie, show, and music video featured. Costume designers, stylists, and wardrobe technicians expand your creative perspectives and professional know-how. Fashion and film enthusiasts get a behind the scenes look at how some of the most influential characters have been created through wardrobe design, selection, and depiction. ??Recommended book for this class: The Astoria Studio and its Fabulous Films by Richard Koszarski (available at Barnes & Noble at FIT).

Instructor: Isabel Rubio, costume designer and wardrobe supervisor for film, TV, opera, theater, ballet, and print.

SXG 140 Life Drawing Basics for Costume Design
1.2 CEU
This exciting workshop teaches you the fundamentals of drawing and painting your own costume designs in a studio format. You are guided through the basic techniques of sketching and painting costumes for film, TV, and theatre specifically as preparations for presenting your costume renderings in storyboard style for work in the entertainment industry. Highly recommended for student or novice costume designers and stylists, or working professionals who need a portfolio update. Can be taken in advance of SXG 310 or as a co-requisite.

Bring to first session: 9x12” watercolor pad (Strathmore), 9x12” or larger tracing pad. A watercolor set or gouache (mid-price set), two sable brushes, pencil and kneaded eraser and fine Faber-Castell black ink pen.

Seminar leader: Joan Chiverton, advertising art director, illustrator and pet portraitist.

SXG 142 Costume Design Storyboards and Rendering II ?
This studio workshop continues teaching drawing and painting costume designs for film, TV, and theatre. Recommended for students who have taken SXG 140 and want to progress to a higher level of execution or costume designers and stylists in need of updated material for portfolios and books.?Bring to first session: 9x12 watercolor pad (Strathmore), 9x12 or larger tracing pad. A watercolor set or gauche (mid price set), two sable brushes, pencil and kneaded eraser and fine Faber-Castell black ink pen.

Instructor: Joan Chiverton, advertising art director, illustrator and pet portraitist

SXG 300 Wardrobe Technician Career Start-Up
1.2 CEU
This course concentrates on advanced wardrobing functions as well as the practical aspects of starting a career. Learn how to break down a script and interpret the characters in a film, video or TV show through the use of clothing and accessories. How to set up a truck and what to do during production is included. Direction for getting jobs and the steps necessary to starting a wardrobing-related career - whether as technician or a stylist- are covered. Certificate students may choose SXG 300 or SXG 310 to complete the program requirement, and may take both if desired.

Instructor: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer.

SXG 310 Costume Design Career Start-Up 
1.2 CEU
This course concentrates on advanced costume design functions and how to obtain work and build your portfolio and costume design career. Industry professionals give you the latest insider tips on getting started in the field. Certificate students may choose SXG 300 or SXG 310 to complete the program requirements, and may take both if desired.

Instructor: Ingrid Price, TV, film, theatrical costume designer.


SXG 325 Wardrobe and Costume Career Start-up
1.4 CEU
This final program in the Wardrobe Technician and Costume Design Specialist Certificate program concentrates on the practical aspects of pursuing a career for those who seek wardrobe, costume design, and stylist work in the entertainment industry. Varoius responsibilities are explained, starting with the breakdown of the script and interpretation of the characters in a film, video, theater, or television (episodic) show through the use of clothing and accessories. On the technical side, students learn how a truck is setup, and about call sheets, payroll and the day-to-day workings in a production. On the costume design side, guest directors and industry professionals critique portfoloios and give insider tips on getting started.

Instructors: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer; Rosemary Ponzo, film, TV, and theatrical costume designer; celebrity stylist.

SXG 610 The Great Costume Designers ?
1.2 CEU
It is an undisputed fact that the costume designer’s role is the key to character recognition and definition as portrayed on film or on stage within a few minutes of viewing. What would Annie Hall, Holly Golighly, Eliza Dolitte, Gordan Gekko, or the Sugar Plum Fairy be without their clothes? Just as there are great fashion designers, there are great costume designers whose work is celebrated for its contributions to the movies, theatre, and dance. Gain an appreciation for who these geniuses are and the wonderful characters they’ve brought to life. Explore the impact of costume artists such as Edith Head, William Ivy Long, Cecil Beatan, Colleen Atwood, Catherine Zuber, and Sandy Powel, to name a few, in this enlightening and entertaining workshop. ??

Instructor: Isabel Rubio, costume designer and wardrobe supervisor for film, TV, opera, theatre, ballet, and print.

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