Introduction to 

Costume Design

COVID-19 Protocols for Students 

Off the wall Theatre Production Facilities

Off the Wall is committed to keeping a clean and safe classroom and studio so that learning can happen in the safest way possible. We will provide personal protective equipment for all students upon their arrival to the studio.  The space will be regularly cleaned and sanitized for the duration of the course. Maintaining cleanliness during the course can only be done with students accepting their responsibility for their role in ensuring the safety of others.

Introduction to Costume Design may be taken as part of the Theatre Production Arts certificate.
Dates: July 5 - 9, 2021 


During this intensive, one-week introductory course, participants gain an understanding of the principles of design and how costume defines and supports character.


In this course students will learn and expand on the following skills:

  • Examine text and character analysis;

  • Explore concept development;

  • Discuss constructive collaboration practices;

  • Discover effective methods for research;

  • Develop rendering skills through understanding figure and period silhouettes;

  • Practice rendering techniques using pencil and watercolour.

  • Learn presentation techniques;

  • Create your own designs - from rough sketch to final costume design plate.


Previous drawing experience is an asset.  Before the first class, participants are asked to read a play text, which will be emailed in advance.


The low student-to-teacher ratio in each course ensures instruction is geared to the participant's skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.

PACKAGE DEALS - Take multiple courses and save!


Option 1

​Combine this course with any other one-week course and you will save $50 for each additional one-week course.

Course 1 full price

Course 2 $50 discount

Course 3 $100 discount

This discount offer is limited to 3 courses. 

How do I take  advantage of package deal offer?

If you are interested in two or three courses, register and pay the deposit for each course. Our Registrar will then calculate the discount and invoice you for the balance owing via PayPal.

Option 2

Take five one-week courses and receive an

Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Certificate (TPA). Cost for the TPA program is $2000, representing  a discount of $110 to $125 per course. All materials are supplied. Please note there will be a material surcharge of $35 for Artistic Welding, Makeup Intensive, Millinery and Drops & Murals.

Participants also receive complimentary tickets for many Stratford Festival productions.



Cost: $530

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory163,

163 King Street,

Stratford N5A 4S2

Target enrollment: 10 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor

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