Fashion Design | Costume for Cinema and Television

DEC | 571.A0
DEC - Fashion, Arts & Design | 571.A0 | Fashion Design | Costume for Cinema and Television

Costumes speak for themselves. They tell the story of a place, an epoch and most especially of a character. Whether it be a wandering knight, a nervous banker, you will be called to clothe them and bring them to life.

Time travel

Conceptualizing a costume requires time travel in the past or into the future. Designing garments for an English family having a picnic on the banks of the Thames in 1776, or having to dress American political refugees exiled in Mexico in the year 2100 require extensive research.

Cinema and television

In the cinema and television industry, costumes need to be produced in step with the scriptwriter. Knowing how to mimic the natural wear-and-tear of clothes during a short or long film and keeping the clothing style cohesive throughout will demonstrate your adaptability. You may choose to specialize in costume design for cinema and television as of the fourth semester or your DEC in Fashion Design.

Program availability

Restyle your DEC program in fashion in the image of what YOU want to be.

  • Make YOUR DREAMS a reality with the tools that will be provided to you.
  • Give your courses a personal touch by tailoring projects according to YOUR PERSONAL INTERESTS.
  • Build a portfolio reflecting YOUR AMBITIONS.

Costumier, fashion coordinator or accessoiriste in the following fields:

  • Television/cinema
  • Shows
  • Circus
  • Magazines

Work for such production companies as:

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Cavalia

Work in the following environments:

  • TV/film sets
  • Costume ateliers
  • This Program leads to a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC)
    (Senior Matriculation).
  • Holders of a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) in Fashion Design can, if they wish, pursue university studies.

What would be the criteria to respect if you had to create a costume for a widow in mourning for the past three years since the death of her husband in 1867?

During this epoch, fashion was changing rapidly.

The dress of mourning must reflect the fashion of 1864 and will in this case be outdated. The dress must also be altered to show three years of natural wear-and-tear.

You can apply your talent and knowledge in the fields of cinema, television, circus and theatre.

Semester 1

  • Composition of simple garments (90 h)
  • Assembling principles of simple garments (45 h)
  • Designer Profession (45 h)
  • Graphic process application and visual presentation (90 h)
  • Study and utilization of raw materials (45 h)

Semester 2

  • Composition of various garments (105 h)
  • Assembling principles of various garments (45 h)
  • Style Research by Draping (45 h)
  • Fashion concepts (75 h)
  • Fashion phenomena (45 h)
  • Research of raw materials for the production of garments (45 h)

Semester 3

  • Composition of elaborated garment (60 h)
  • Garment construction and computer (45 h)
  • Garment Feasibility (60 h)
  • Fashion and society (45 h)
  • Research of Distinct Fashion Concepts (75 h)
  • Fashion products development (60 h)

Semester 4

  • Garments Production (45 h)
  • Technical Files Elaboration (60 h)
  • Defining Characteristics of a Collection - costume (90 h)
  • Detailed planning and prototypes (105 h)
  • Trend Analysis and Presentation (45 h)

Semester 5

  • Collection Elaboration and prototypes (105 h)
  • Garment Evaluation - Costume (75 h)
  • Fashion Design Integration (120 h)
  • or

  • Fashion Design Profile (120 h)
  • Planning and Production (45 h)
  • Buying and selling of products and services (45 h)

Semester 6

  • Collection for target markets – costume (90 h)
  • Presentation and evaluation of collections – costume (75 h)
  • Elaboration of the portfolio (60 h)
  • Fashion promotion (60 h)
  • Fashion Design – Integration or Fashion Design Profile (120 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute some courses.

  • Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • Humanities courses (150 h)
  • Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • Second Language courses (90 h)
  • complementary courses (90 h)


To have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES)


To have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV


To have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the college.