Costume Design Course (DEC) | LaSalle College Montréal

DEC in Fashion Design - Costume for Cinema and Television

DEC | 571.A0
DEC | 571.A0 | DEC in Fashion Design - Costume for Cinema and Television

Become a costume designer with this extensive costume design course!

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.

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.

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 of your Fashion Design DEC program. Apply your talent and knowledge in the fields of cinema, television, circus and theatre.

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  • At the Montréal campus.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC).

Holders of a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Fashion Design can pursue university studies.

Costumier, fashion coordinator or accessoiriste in the following fields:

  • Television/cinema
  • Shows
  • Circus
  • Magazines
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Cavalia
  • TV/film sets
  • Costume ateliers

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.

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)

Restyle your DEC program in fashion in the image of what YOU want to be with A program in your own colors.

  • 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

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 era, 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.

This training is offered in English, in French or as a bilingual option. Please consult the Bilingual options section for more details.

The use of a laptop computer is mandatory (learn more). Standard or student license software must be installed when requested by teachers.

The following features are required for Macs and PCs:

  • iOS or Windows 10 operating system in the teaching language (English or French)
  • Processor: Intel I5 minimum compatible with virtualization
  • Memory: 4 GB (8 GB recommended, particularly for Illustrator)
  • Hard drive: 500 GB minimum
  • Screen: 14 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and LAN
  • Ports: minimum of one USB 3.0 port
  • Mouse (may be wireless)

Required software: Creative Cloud Suite and Office Suite (or equivalent for Mac).