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Design Innovation Summer Institute: Costume

Bring stories to life through design

Program Overview

The Design Innovation Summer Institute in Costume Design is a UC credit-bearing intensive for students interested in costume design for theater, film, and television. This program provides opportunities to work with our distinguished faculty in classes such as Costume 101, Introduction to Costume Sketching, Silhouette, Sculpture and Costume Design for Theater, Film and Television. The combination of these courses will allow students to use the training to bring stories to life through their designs. Participants will learn the technical components of breaking down a script and the art of collaboration with directors while gaining hands-on experience in research, sketching costumes, and creating mood boards and color palettes.

The three-week version of this institute (Session A) offers training in both costume design and the world of shoemaking, hair and make-up. The two-week version (Session B) focuses exclusively on costume design. Beyond the classroom, students will attend guest workshops with industry leaders that will teach students how to pursue costume design in film and cover portfolio preparation.

The program is designed for artists and students who seek additional discipline and training required for participation in a university theater program or a career in the entertainment industry. Participation in this institute is open to pre-college (15 years and older) students.

Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the application process, each applicant must submit a resume. The resume can be uploaded during the application process.

*Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply and English language comprehension and proficiency is required for successful completion of this institute.

On-Campus (Mandatory Housing)

Due to the intense nature of the Design Innovation Summer Institute-Costume and the time commitment involved, living in on-campus housing is mandatory.

For more information on UCLA precollege institute housing, please see the Housing for Minors page.

Many of our precollege institutes with mandatory housing also feature non-curricular evening and weekend activities, the availability of which is at the sole discretion of the academic department offering the program, and are not operated by UCLA Summer Sessions. To learn more about whether (and when) your selected program will host such activities, please consult the schedules for each program or contact the department in question directly:

Grades and Transcripts

Program participants will earn units of credit on a letter-grading basis and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. To request a transcript, please contact the UCLA Registrar’s Office.


Session A: Theater 72; 4 units

Session B: Theater 72; 3 units


Admission to the program is by digital audition and instructor consent. Applicants who successfully submit all requirements will be reviewed and notified via email of an admission decision within 3 weeks. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to provide the following during the online registration process:

In 400 words, how do you describe your passion for costume design?

A resume (if you do not have a resume, submit a brief description of your theatrical and/or artistic experience). The resume can be uploaded as a word or pdf file during the application process.

Program Eligibility
  • 9th-12th grade
  • Ages 15-19
Grading Basis

Students will receive a letter grade upon completion. See University Credit, Grades and Transcripts for more information about academic credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UCLA Summer Sessions Summer Scholars Support

Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2023 in the state of California may be eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need- and merit-based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in SCIP/eSCIP, one Summer Course, or a Precollege Summer Institute.

Summer 2023 deadline to apply: March 15.

Important Dates and Deadlines

June 1, 2024

Application deadline

June 15, 2024

Enrollment Deadline


Session A
June 23 – July 13, 2024

Session B
July 14 – 27, 2024