The University of Akron Costume Shop offers a variety of unique opportunities for students to learn about and participate in costume design for theatre, dance, and opera.
A required course for theatre majors, Prod Lab-Design/Technology is also available to non-theatre majors as an elective credit. 45 hours of hands-on experience earns this credit in three ways:
That's an average of only 3 hours per week and NO HOMEWORK!
Students enrolled in the class Experiencing Theatre must complete a practicum. This practicum can be completed by working for 15 hours in the costume shop. This option is a good opportunity to get a hands on glimpse of day to day tasks involved in costuming.
Indp Study: Theatre can be arranged for advanced students who want to focus on costume design and production. A unique syllabus is created for the student which includes design and production projects to be completed during the semester.
Theatre and Dance students have the option to work one on one with available shop staff when they are working on advanced performance projects for classes such asThis provision is one of the most valuable experiences for theatre and dance students. The student learns how to develop and execute the visual design to best support his/her stage performance under the guidance of seasoned professionals. This is a unique opportunity that is not offered to performance students at other schools.
Students who qualify for federal work-study aid have the option to be employed as a costume assistant in the costume shop. This opportunity exists for a wide range of students studying anything from music education to fashion merchandising to engineering!
The student costume assistant position not only serves the immediate financial needs of those students, it also gives them practical experiences they will use in a later career. Music teachers as well as language arts teachers are often given drama production responsibilities. Working in the costume shop provides them with knowledge, skills, and resources, giving them a "leg up" in meeting those responsibilities. Fashion merchandising students and art students gain experience using the skills they've studied in a professional setting.