2020 Costume Design Mentorship


Group Mentoring - Online (Must have access to a computer, internet, and skype)

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Using a combination of story analysis, historical research, and observation from life, you will learn how to more confidently incorporate plot, theme, character motivations, personality traits, and body language into your costume designs.

Weekly assignments consist of story and world research, mood boards, studies, and costume concept sketches based on a narrative of your choice.

Important Details

12 Week Mentored Course*
3 hour online meeting once a week. Lecture, demo, Q&A, and feedback on homework assignments.
Limited to 3 mentees per group meeting to allow time for individual feedback.
Winter Term starts January 4th.

Appropriate for aspiring visual development artists, concept designers, character designers, and costume specialists.

Class Summary

  • Week One: Plot and Theme / Story and World Analysis

  • Week Two: Character Analysis

  • Week Three: Motivations - Anger

  • Week Four: Motivations - Shame

  • Week Five: Motivations - Fear

  • Week Six: Animal Instincts / Values

  • Week Seven: Archetypes Part 1

  • Week Eight: Archetypes Part 2

  • Week Nine: Story Moment Exploration

  • Week Ten: Costume Evolution

  • Week Eleven: Body Language

  • Week Twelve: Final Designs Presentation


Promotional Price: $594 (for those who apply to any 2020 term before April 2020)

After April 2020: $849


I’ve learned what research really means and how to make it efficient and nuanced—something that I usually think comes only at the end of a piece or a concept. Narrowing and nuancing research makes your life THAT much easier in the long run, and I’ve never actually had a class that guided me through the very beginning of stumbling upon and developing an idea to the ending portions where things become more and more refined, and it’s more about just adding the little finishing touches. To me, that has been so, so, SO very valuable and cherished, and it’s showed me not only how to actually conceptualize costume, but environments, characters, painting methods, color, and so much more. I went in expecting a costume design mentorship and left with an entirely new and fresh way to analyze and articulate my artwork.
— Madeline Abatemarco

Disclaimers: This course focuses on improving your analytical approach to design through research, creative reasoning, and practical application. To make the most of your time on assignments, you will need at least basic anatomy, perspective, color theory, and technical drawing skills to participate in this course. Weekly assignments may be adjusted at the discretion of the mentor to suit the needs of the mentees.

Cancellations and Refunds: In general, there are no refunds for this course once it has started. Cancellation for a full refund must be made at least 5 days before the start of the course. However, if you have extenuating circumstances, you can email me at and I will review each request on a case-by-case basis.

*Mentee Intro Sessions:
In addition to the 12 week of class, each mentee will have an hour and a half session scheduled outside of class time to present their past and present work and discuss their influences and goals to the group. They will also walk through the process of one piece of their choice. I have found this essential in the past as it helps me provide more relevant homework feedback. It also nurtures a more empathetic and encouraging group dynamic.


Application Form

Please complete the form below to begin your application. You will receive an email response within 7 days.

Name *
Must be 18 or older
Choose your current industry focus
Time Slot *
*Times noted in PT
Full payment via Check, Paypal*, or Venmo* to be submitted upon acceptance. Applying for future terms: $35 Reservation fee will be submitted upon acceptance and counted towards tuition. * 5% fee will be added