Certificate of Completion in Costume Design and Production

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Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Costume Design and Production is designed for students with an interest in costuming. Students learn to design and make costumes and apply appropriate makeup. They develop the ability to design appropriate costumes for period Community theatre, opera, dance and living history programs including the makeup, and manage the costume wardrobe. Completers of this certificate will have interned with college or community stage production crews for a minimum of 240 hours. 


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Costume Design and Production (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify items of apparel, fibers and fabrics, colors, hairstyles, headdresses, and accessories unique to each period of historic costume.
  2. Operate the sewing machine efficiently and use pressing equipment and sewing tools appropriately when constructing apparel.
  3. Alter patterns to fit individual figures and make necessary adjustments during the construction process.
  4. Draw fashion figures and sketch garments on figures using drawing pencil, charcoal, ink wash, watercolor, pastels, felt tip/marker pens, colored pencils, and/or acrylics to experiment with different techniques used in fashion illustration.
  5. Identify and select specific merchandise which will satisfy the needs and wants of potential customers.
  6. Identify fabric and its performance characteristics which consumers want in the use and care of merchandise.
  7. Construct a tailored garment using techniques, equipment, and supplies required for the tailoring process.
  8. Use flat pattern techniques to make patterns.
  9. Apply flat pattern techniques in creating original designs, patterns, and garments.
  10. Purposes, materials, and techniques of theatrical makeup.
  11. Technical production crew experience of college theatre productions.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Program Prerequisites

TEC111 Clothing Construction (3) OR 
Permission of Program Director. 0-3

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC106 History of Fashion RC 3
TEC125 or
Fashion Design or Fashion Illustration I RC 3
TEC222 Textiles RC 3
THF115 Makeup for Stage and Screen RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC122 or
Sewing with Knits or Advanced Apparel Construction RC 3
TEC223 or
Tailoring or Couture Sewing RC 3
TEC226 or
Draping for Fashion Design or Pattern Design II RC 3
TEC225 Pattern Design I RC 3
THP201++ or
THP201++ or TEC278++ RC

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Costume Design and Production (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125878).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Costume Design and Production program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019