I am a senior in high school and narrowing down my choices of colleges. I did want to study fashion design, and was serious about art colleges, but recently I have taken a great interest in costume design. Do you have any recommendations for colleges or courses of study in college? And if I did go to an art school and studied fashion design, is there any way I could cross over into costuming, such as volunteer work? Thank you for time!
Sincerely, Emily I.
Dear Emily: Honestly, I recommend studying sociology, psychology, literature and theater. Fashion school will teach you technical skills, but those skills will NEVER make up for having an understanding of life, of history, and of people’s motivations. I would recommend a 4-year liberal arts college where you can work on theater productions, LEARN TO SEW, and read and analyze literature. You can volunteer as an intern (getting credit for your school) with a film that shoots in your area, or with a show you with which you connect in LA/NY/Detroit.
Good luck to you in your quest… and thanks for the question!