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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

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What is Theater Design and Production : Costume Design?

The costume design and technology program is a professional training program for talented and motivated students who wish to pursue a career in theatre, opera or dance. Costume designers communicate better with costume technicians when they have a working knowledge of the elements and areas of costume technology; costume technicians communicate better with costume designers when they have a working knowledge of the process and elements of costume design. Therefore, both the BFA and MFA degrees emphasize the dual importance of design and technology. Your strength may lie in one area or the other, yet knowledge of both is critical in this collaborative art. And, as is often the case, entry-level positions in professional costume shops and theatres frequently tend to be in technology (cutting, draping, crafts, paint/dye) and wardrobe, and less frequently in design. Our program recognizes this fact and addresses it honestly.

Students in this program, as well as professionals in the industry, must have good visual and verbal communication skills, strong collaboration skills, a strong work ethic, and a broad understanding of, and interest in history, and especially the history of costume and pattern development. Students and professionals must also be self-motivated, well-organinzed, responsible, and naturally curious about the world in which we live and work. Attention to one's own physical and mental health is essential for success in this program and the profession at large.

Career Possibilities

Undergraduate and graduate costume students of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) have recently been, or are now currently, employed in costume technology, crafts, wardrobe and/or design with The Washington Opera, The San Francisco Opera, The Houston Ballet, The Denver Theatre Center, Cirque du Soleil, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Mill Mountain Playhouse, the Shakespeare Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New American Theatre, English National Opera, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Disney, Broadway, national tours, as well as with commercial and independent film companies.

Minoring in Theater Design and Production : Costume Design

This program does not offer a minor.



Please contact  Dean Mogle, program head, for information.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

CCM offers a wide range of theatrical experiences for students. During each academic year we produce six major productions of opera, musical theatre and drama in our two mainstage theatres as well as a host of studio productions (usually 4-6 annually) in our studio theatre and various other venues. At present we are not involved directly with the Division of Dance, but do, on occasion, interact with their faculty and students when a ballet, for example, is an integral part of an opera.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are given opportunities as design assistants, first-hands, cutter/drapers, crafts persons and studio designers as well as wardrobe and maintenance personnel on all productions. Graduate students, faculty, and staff most frequently design the six mainstage productions although exceptional undergraduates may also have the opportunity. The many studio productions are student-designed even with professional faculty directing. The relationship between faculty, staff and students is a professionally demanding one within an equally demanding educational setting.
CCM undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of summer employment opportunities at one of the nation's many outstanding summer opera, musical theatre or drama institutions.

The CCM costume shop is a new, moderate size space excellently equipped to produce the most challenging designs. It includes a separate paint/dye studio, toxic spray room, laundry and maintenance facility, fitting area, offices, excellent and organized large costume stock and more. Some of our equipment includes, industrial and domestic sewing machines and sergers, blind hemmers, walking foot, post, Omni-Stitch, and computerized embroidery machines, smocker, plotter and printer, stainless steel industrial dye vat and steam cabinet, etc. Our costume stock includes more than 25,000 pieces including the Broadway and touring production of The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Tony-nominated Cyrano! The Musical.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The stage management program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the University and Resident Theatre Association (URTA).