Costume Design and Technology

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Costume Design and Technology?

Costume Design and Technology is a concentration within Theatre. You’ll explore design as well as costume construction, costume crafts, and historical costumes. This concentration provides theoretical, artistic, and practical training for theatre, opera, and entertainment. This concentration’s goal is to educate and train young designers. You will learn to become a leading artist of the 21st century; collaborative, creative, open-minded, and critical. You can apply into this concentration, but you must submit a portfolio before being accepted.

Career Options

  • Costume design
  • Costume management
  • Costume technology

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898