Grad School Profile: MFA in Costume Production at UNC Chapel Hill.


Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Location: Chapel Hill, NC. (Part of the Triangle, including Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill).

Department: Department of Dramatic Art.

Concentration(s): MFA, Costume Production.

Application Deadline: March 1st

Admission Requirements: Application Form; Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement; Résumé; Transcripts (2); Application Fee ($77.00); TOEFL Scores (if applicable); Recommendation Letters (3), Digital Portfolio.  An interview may also be required.

Accepted Students: 2-3 students are accepted each year (as of 2010).

Tuition and Financial Aid: $10,547 per semester for full-time nonresident students, $3182 per semester for full-time NC-resident students (as of Fall 2010, exclusive of mandatory fees and room and board expenses).  Financial aid and scholarships are available to full-time students.  All applicants should submit the FAF form to the College Scholarship Service, Princeton, NJ by March 1st for priority consideration.  Teaching assistantships are available.  Questions may be addressed to Judy Adamson, contact information listed below.

Course Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Full-time students take a total of 52 credits over a three year period.  Students are encouraged to specialize in the following areas: pattern making, period pattern making, construction and costume craft.  Graduation degree requirements vary by concentration.

Course Highlights: Foundation classes in costume history, couture production techniques, draping and flat-pattern methods; extensive coursework in period tailoring and historical garment patterning; electives in millinery, dyeing and surface design, CAD for apparel-making, and maskmaking studies.

Professional Goals: This program is recommended for those who wish to pursue careers in costume production for professional theatre, opera, ballet, and film.  Students also go on to become costume facility managers and professors of costume history and production.  Students must attend full time.

Contact: Judy Adamson,

Center for Dramatic Art
#CB 3230, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3230

Click here for the program’s website.

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  • Katy October 28, 2010 09.05 am

    Yay UNC! I’m actually an undergrad but I do know how awesome this program is and I highly recommend it! The entire costume shop staff is lovely. Also, I’m pretty sure I took that exact same photo last year when those bustle dresses were on display.


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