Costume Design

Course Details

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Spring 2018
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Days & Times

MWF 10:00-10:50 am

Elizabeth James Lewandowski (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

To develop an understanding and application of script analysis.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

            General Education Learning Outcome 2:  Literacy (Reading)

To experience the application of the art of costume design.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

            Theatre Learning Outcome 3:  Theoretical/Conceptual Knowledge & Application

            General Education Learning Outcome 3:  Critical Thinking

To develop basic skills in the art of costume design.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

            Theatre Learning Outcome 3:  Theoretical/Conceptual Knowledge & Application

            General Education Learning Outcome 3:  Critical Thinking

To design costumes in a variety of periods and concepts.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 1:  Knowledge of Development of Theatre

            General Education Learning Outcome 3:  Critical Thinking

To learn the importance of artistic integrity.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 4:  Professionalism

Course Expectations

Grading Standards


Attendance and participation                                                                         100 points

Miscellaneous Projects                                                                                    125

Elements of Design Projects

Magazine project                                                                                   75

Play #1 project  “Trifles”

Paperwork                                                                                                         25

Collages                                                                                                            50

Play #2 project  “Private Lives”

Paperwork                                                                                                         25

Research                                                                                                            25

            Sketches                                                            50

Play #3 project  “Pygmalion”

            Paperwork                                                         25

            Research                                                            25

            Sketches                                                            25

            Renderings                                                        50

Play #4 project  “The Comedy of Errors”

Paperwork                                                                                                         25

Research                                                                                                           25

Sketches                                                                                                            50

Renderings                                                                                                        50

Portfolio                                                                      250

                                                                                                Total points: 1000

Final Exam

05/09/2018 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned.  Failure to do so will result in an inability to grow as an artist.  All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline.  Late assignments will not be accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend all classes.  Since lectures expand on assignments, missing class means missing important information.  This class is, by its nature, participatory.   Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in the class. The college policy allows for “five and you die”.  You are allowed five fifty minute absences beyond which you will be dropped from the class by the professor.  Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class.  The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late.   If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  If you need to miss class due to university-sponsored events such as field trips and sports, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  You will be required to complete the assigned work on or before the due date, and you will be required to submit an official form from the university before your absence.  Please note that work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, hangovers, intramural games, visitors from out of town, fixing your roommate’s computer, fraternity/sorority events, arguments with boyfriends/girlfriends and studying for other classes do NOT constitute excused absences. 


Other Policies

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.


            Cell phone use in class is prohibited.  If your cell phone goes off during a class you may be asked to leave the classroom and receive an absence for the day.  No texting. Again, you may be asked to leave the classroom.  Please don’t make this an issue, just turn off the phone during our class.  If other commitments are so pressing that they cannot wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority placed on being this class.  In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask you to leave immediately or to embarrass you mercilessly if your phone/pager/beeper/ etc. makes noise during class.


Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester.   Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student  must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request form.


Should there be a need to alter the number of assignments/presentations/tests, the professor will explain at that time how this will change the grading for the semester.


In this class, we will be read, discussing and responding to a variety of scripts..  It is the hope of the professor that each student will carefully consider the playscript before discussing said material in class.   In a university environment, an environment in which all are encouraged to grow and develop to their ultimate potential, it is not beneficial to make comments that are derogatory to an individual or group of people because of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation. 


Social justice is one of MSU’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age or ability.  It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.  Be civil at all times and focus on understanding the material being discussed.


Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016.  Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law.  The MSU scene shop has been designated an area excluded from concealed carry due to the presence of explosive chemicals.  Students who serve on properties, lights, set and sound crews will be required to enter the scene shop and should be aware of this policy.  Additionally, participating in theatre classes often require students to wear fitted garments which may make concealed carry of a firearm difficult, if not impossible.  In addition, students are often required to leave their backpacks/purses and work with other students in scenes or rehearsals.  This required activity may also make concealment of a firearm difficult.  While concealed carry is not prohibited in any area other than the scene shop, students are reminded that intentional display of a firearm is a violation of university policies and may result in disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from the program and the university.  Students should factor the above in their decision as to whether or not to conceal carry in theatre classes/rehearsals.


Privacy Statement


In accordance with Federal Privacy Laws a student’s personal information is protected.  As an instructor it is unlawful for me to share your personal information (including grades) with anyone unless I have written consent.  This means I will not be able to discuss your grades with parents.  If you have questions about your grades or have forgotten the grading policy for the course please come by during office hours.


How to Succeed in This Class

  • Do your reading assignments on or before the in-class discussion.  Some days you will read a lot, some none.  Stay on top of it as the professor will not repeat what is in the text.
  • Be realistic about how long it takes you to read and comprehend material.  Some people take longer than others.  Some people need to read the material several times.  If the professor suspects that assigned readings are not being completed, pop quizzes will be given in class.
  • Stay on top of your assignments, drawing or otherwise.  Most days you will have some assignment.  I will be checking every day to be sure you are keeping up with the work.  If you don’t do the work, you can’t grow as an artist.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at