Build Your Future as a Costume Stitcher

The Costume Stitcher Certificate provides the student with training in specialized sewing techniques and other skills necessary to build a variety of costumes required by the entertainment industry. Students also receive training in basic theatrical production practices. This certificate is designed to provide students with a course of study leading to certification and employment in the entertainment industry as a Costume Stitcher.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Analyze if and how a garment can be altered to meet the needs of an actor.
  • Create historical corsets and underpinnings.
  • Demonstrate the application of theatrical closures including hook and eye tape, zippers and machine button holes.
  • Construct a complete garment from a historical time period using a commercial pattern.
  • Construct a period costume using a custom pattern with no written instructions.

For additional information, visit the Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department website: http://theatre.fullcoll.edu/

Degrees & Certificates

  • Apply online at fullcoll.edu
  • Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Kevin Clowes
714.992.7295
kclowes@fullcoll.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Career opportunities:
• Costume Draper
• Costume Seamstress
• Costume Shop Manager
• Costumer
• Draper
• Dresser
• Wardrobe Assistant
• Wardrobe Attendant
• Wardrobe Manager
• Wardrobe Supervisor

Employment of fashion designers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations.

Most apparel continues to be produced internationally. As a result, employment of fashion designers in the apparel manufacturing industry is projected to decline about 33 percent over the projection period, slowing the overall employment growth of fashion designers.

However, employment of fashion designers in the retail trade industry is projected to grow about 22 percent over the projection period. Retailers are selling more fashion-inspired clothing, which increases the demand for fashion designers to design clothing and accessories for everyday wear for the mass market.

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Kevin Clowes

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Average Salary in this Field

$30,930 to

$135,160 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Costumer

Draper

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