Set and Costume Design

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.

François St-Aubin - Director of Set and Costume Design program

François St-Aubin (Set and Costume Design, 1984) has had an illustrious career in theatre design for the past 25 years. He has designed costumes for more than 80 theatre productions, a dozen operas as well as modern dance pieces. Based in Montreal, QC, he has been under contract with all of its major theatre and dance companies.

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ADMISSIONS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

APPLICATION FORM

The applications for 2018 are now closed. The next intake will be in 2019. It’s easy, and it’s online. Simply fill out the application form and pay the registration fee. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next step.

TUITION FEES

2018-2019 School Year

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
$4,950

Foreign Students
$9,900

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 application 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).

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. Coming into contact with the subject matter.  

 

 

 

Year 2

Expressing the language through various design projects. Integrating the subject matter.

Year 3

Materializing and communicating thought by creating show, in cooperation with the production team. Incarnating the subject matter.

Accompanied by excellence

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.

Micheline Chevrier

Director, artistic director and dramaturge. She has worked at such theatres as The Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, and many more. She received a Betty Mitchell Award, two Capital Critics Awards, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, and a META.

Eo Sharp (Set and Costume Design, 1989)

Set and costume designer, working with Shaw Festival, Segal Centre, Stratford Festival, Centaur Theatre, National Arts Centre, Canstage, Neptune Theatre, and Imago Theatre. She was part of the Canadian Scenography Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial in 2015.

Our alumni work with these organizations:

  • 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

EIGHT STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM EACH YEAR

NEED ANY HELP?

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CONTACT OUR REGISTRATION OFFICE

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514-842-7954, ext. 134

COME EXPERIENCE NTS

Book a tour of the School, it's free!

Next guided tour:

  • Friday, February 23, 9:30 am: tour NTS’s MAIN CAMPUS located at 5030, Saint-Denis Street from 9:30 to 10:30 am;
  • Followed by a tour of its theatres and set and costume shops at the MONUMENT-NATIONAL from 11:30 to 12:30.

Both campuses are an integral part of the student experience, but you may only visit the main campus if your time is limited.

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