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Theater 2203 Costume Construction

Southern Utah University

Instructor: Erica Bascom
Phone: 586-7999 (Costume Shop) Email: Office: Costume Shop (AU 007) Office Hours: M W F 11-12pm, T R 10:00-10:50 or by appointment

Class Days/Time/Location:
Lecture & Demonstration / Monday, Wednesday, Friday / 10:00 am 10:50 am / GC 209 Lab / Wednesday 1:00-2:50pm or 3:00-4:50/ GC 209 Class Website: The full schedule and pdf files for assignments and handouts can be found here.

Course Objectives:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Learn and demonstrate basic hand and machine sewing techniques used in constructing costumes. Identify and correctly use equipment and tools related to costume construction. Learn how to do basic alterations and repairs of costumes. Understand and define the jobs and careers in a costume shop. Use costume knowledge to work in costume stock. Learn and demonstrate costume wardrobe skills. Learn basic skills necessary in constructing costume crafts. Be an active member of the costume team when constructing costumes for Department productions. Employ learned costume construction techniques to construct a costume.

Textbook: The Costume Technicians Handbook By Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey
Highly recommended: Basic Sewing for Costume Construction by Rebecca Cunningham

Supplies: (Rentable through Costume Studio for $40, $35 refundable)

1. Container to keep tools, supplies, projects (keep in mind that the projects will be larger than the tools) 2. Fabric scissors 3. Seam ripper Identify your tools with your name or mark with a ribbon. 4. Ruler Supplies must be kept in a labeled sewing box. 5. Pins 6. Pin cushion 7. Tape Measure 8. Bees Wax 9. Hand sewing needles 10. Thimble (optional) 11. Spool of All Purpose Thread 12. Apron or Smock (for dyeing and crafting) (Old shirt you dont mind messing up works as well) 13. Additional Project Supplies (See detailed listing on Page 4) 1

Costume Shop/Classroom Rules:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. When in the costume shop/classroom, working is your number one focus. Arrive on time, ready to participate. No profanity, blasphemy, or inappropriate topics. Do not arrive at the shop under the influence of any illegal drugs, narcotic painkillers, or alcohol. No drinks or food on the cutting tables. Only water bottles with lids are permitted in the shop/classroom. Wear shoes at all times. If you dont know how to use a tool or any piece of equipment, PLEASE ASK FIRST! Put away all tools and materials in their appropriate location before you leave. No self-deprecating comments!

Attendance Policy: You will be allowed one week (3 classes) of free unexcused absences. Each subsequent
unexcused absence will result in a half letter grade drop from your final grade in the class (eg. A C+ will become a C) If you are absent you need to gather the information covered in the class missed and be prepared for the next class. If you will be absent on an assignment due date, prior arrangements must be made with the instructor in order to receive credit for the assignment.

Late Assignments: 10% will be taken of the assignments final grade for each class day it is late unless
prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Assignment Re-grades: If a student is unsatisfied with a grade they received on an assignment, they may
do further work on the assignment and resubmit it for a re-grade once during the semester. Assignment must have been turned in on time originally. Late work cannot be resubmitted for re-grade. Students may NOT ask for a re-grade on the Midterm or the Final Project. The final day for submitting re-grades is April 21st at 10AM.

Costs & Class Fees: This class will require additional costs for supplies and projects throughout the
semester. If you will look ahead at projects & watch for sales on fabric you can acquire them inexpensively. Overall costs can range from $50-$100+ depending on the types of materials, fabrics, and supplies you personally choose to use. Fees paid for this course are used to purchase specialty supplies, maintain equipment, and tools that will be shared with all students in order to achieve assignments, expand experience, and keep individual students class expenses down.

Academic Integrity: Policy: Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the
fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

ADA Statement: Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities desiring academic
adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids will need to contact the Southern Utah University Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), in Room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center or phone (435) 865-8022. SSD determines eligibility for and authorizes the provisions of services.

Emergency Management Statement: In case of emergency, the Universitys Emergency Notification

System (ENS) will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the mySUU portal. In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Protocols posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the Universitys emergency management plan can be found at

Grading Policy:
ASSIGNMENTS / PROJECTS 10 points Interview a Costumer: Part A 15 points Interview a Costumer: Part B 40 points Sewing Sampler Book 25 points Fabrics/Fibers Swatches Notebook 50 points Messenger Bag 35 points Bodice block w/ sleeves 45 points Fabric Dye/Modification Samples 30 points ! Scale Skirt 5 points Jewelry research images 30 points Jewelry Project 5 points Millinery research images 35 points Millinery Project EXAMS & FINAL 50 points Mid Term Exam 100 points Final Project 25 points - PARTICIPATION ________________________________________________ 500 Points TOTAL GRADING SCALE
Points Percentage Grade

500 480 479 450 449 435 434 415 414 400 399 385 384 365 364 350 349 335 334 315 314 300 299 0

100% - 96% 95% - 90% 89% - 87% 86% - 83% 82% - 80% 79% - 77% 76% - 73% 72% - 70% 69% - 67% 66% - 63% 62% - 60% Below 60%


Disclaimer Statement: Information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with advance
notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.