Set and Costume Design

Next intake: September 2018
Registration deadline: January 31, 2018
Duration: Three years, full-time

Costume and set design for theatre, dance, opera, or the circus arts

DRAWING / MAQUETTE / FABRIC / PAINTING

The Set and Costume Design program trains costume and set designers with the skills to work not only in theatre, but also dance, opera, or the circus arts. In this bilingual program, students from across Canada collaborate on productions staged by both the English and French sections of NTS. As a result, they experience a wide range of theatrical practices and leave the School as professionals who offer invaluable artistic versatility.

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE

  • A team of professional head carpenters, scenic painters, and dressmakers, who assist students with their designs
  • Access to an impressive costume collection containing thousands of pieces and fully-equipped professional set and costume shops at the Monument-National
  • Increasing responsibilities throughout the 3-year program, from assistant to designer for several productions
  • In the final year, full responsibility for show designs for productions at the Monument-National

CURRICULUM

Year 1

Learning the language related to designing spaces and costumes. Getting to know materials.

  • Life Drawing and Colour
  • History of Architecture
  • 3D Maquette Construction
  • Study of Fabric
  • ...

Year 2

Expressing the language through various design projects.

  • Technical Drawing
  • Illustration of Costumes
  • Fabric Dyeing
  • Computer Drawing Project
  • ...

Year 3

Designing sets and costumes for public performances, one-on-one coaching by professional designers

  • Set design / Costume design for public performances
  • Career management 
  • Fabric Dyeing
  • Millinery
  • ...

Be trained by your theatre heroes

Christine Neuss

Cutter and tailor of costumes for 35 years.

She has worked on costumes for theatre, opera, cinema, dance and circus. She was the head of the costume workshop at the Monument-National for 8 years.

François St-Aubin
National Theatre School
François St-Aubin
Photo: Maxime Côté

François St-Aubin (Set and Costume Design, 1984)

Director of the Set and Costume Design program, François St-Aubin has designed costumes for over 100 theatre, opera and dance productions. Three times, he has been invited to work at the prestigious Stratford Festival. His work has been seen in Canada, the United States, France, Mexico, Australia, and Russia.

Where NTS graduates work

  • Canadian Opera Company
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Comédie-Française, Paris
  • Dreamworks
  • Metropolitan Opera, New York
  • Moment Factory
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Opéra de Paris
  • Shaw Festival
  • Stratford Festival
  • Universal Pictures
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery

APPROXIMATELY EIGHT STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM EACH YEAR

ADMISSION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must be an artist at heart and be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS.

APPLICATION FORM

You can start your application process right now. It’s easy, and it’s online. Simply fill out the application form and pay the registration fees before January 31, 2018. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next steps.

TUITION FEES

2017-2018 School Year

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
$4,850

Foreign Students
$9,700

Money should never be an obstacle to talent. NTS can help you pay for your studies.

Learn more about Financial Aid.

PROJECT

Candidates have one month to design the set and costumes of a play to be chosen by the School. Instructions are sent by mail after the admission deadline.

INTERVIEW

Candidates who pass this initial step are invited to an interview during which they are asked to present a portfolio of recent art or theatrical work (originals strongly preferred).

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514-842-7954, ext. 134

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