Costume Designers

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Costume designers plan, create, and maintain clothing and accessories for all characters in a stage, film, television, dance, or opera production. Designers custom fit each character, and either create a new garment or alter an existing costume. Costume designers may also be known as theatrical designers. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Theatrical Designers
Duties Research and design costumes and accessories; create original attire or alter existing garments
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas, particularly New York City and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Internship or volunteer experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Social
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Some theatrical organizations require membership in United Scenic Artists
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Costume Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Shopper