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Costume Concept Design

Costume Concept Design

An 8-week course focused on the design and development process of costumes for entertainment
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Costuming for TV and film

Costuming for TV and film
Costume design is an essential part of character design. From a character’s clothing down to the smallest accessory, what a character is wearing helps make the character memorable and is a crucial element of storytelling. Students will be taken through the process of creating costume concept designs from thumbnailing to final presentation. The course covers mood boards and thumbnailing, posing, head and face studies, color and how it relates to story, fabric and texture, and best practices for presentation. By the end of the course, students will complete costume concepts for two distinct characters, and present them as if pitching to a costume designer, director, and producers.

Course Format


Skills Level



8 weeks


Once a week


Given during the live Q&A sessions

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Anatomy of Clothing and Analytical Figure Drawing
Photoshop and Wacom tablet (or equivalent)

The more you know, the better.

Let’s get to know each other! Introduction / background | What makes a character tick? | Initial breakdown of a character: who are they and how does that relate to what they wear? | Outline how to create a proper character mood board | Thumbnail demo
Fleshing out rough thumbnails into full character sketches / ideas | What is the script by which these characters exist? | Pose Demo | Layout sketch demo
Picking an actor and that perfect “something” | Character Face / Head study demo
Greayscale lecture: explain the process, show black and white films that focus on costume without color | Grayscale rendering demo | Demo on Creating proper texture and material mood boards | Optional: students can create a third character or another look for the characters they have already made.
Adding another character using learned techniques | Discussion about fashion details (seams, construction, etc.) | Discussion on types of fabrics | Break down tripbes and differences between them | Same character, different looks
Color and materials pas on all characters | Laying out a color chart | creating base assets for your character using Daz | Basic color: first 3-6 iterations
Lecture on detailed callouts: fully explain all aspects of costume | Demo on callouts | Behind the scenes: Making a costume come to life | Lecture about props and accessories
Our characters at this point are very close to being complete | Demo on adding simple backgrounds to characters | Show examples of how to layout characters for final presentation

Unleashing your creativity

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Jul 17, 2024 - Oct 07, 2024
Costume Concept Design

What makes this learning experience unique?


Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.


Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.


Phil was an absolutely phenomenal teacher. He was very engaging in our Q&A sessions, and really went the extra mile to help us. I got a lot of valuable feedback from him, and would love to learn more from him in the future.


Absolutely fantastic. Phil always spent enough time talking to everyone about their work and teaching a few new techniques. Also always very positive and encouraging.


This course showed me other techniques in referencing, photo manipulation and reference painting to achieve a more efficient workflow.


This class helped a lot which my skills.


This class helped me to find new ways to think about designing costumes.


The course’s instruction helped improve my digital realistic painting skill with new techniques to apply to my work style, and forced me to think complex strategies about how to create original designs suitable for film & television.


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