MA in Costume Design | (2 Years)

School of fashion

Programme offered under an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development- an Institute of National Importance


The Masters in Costume Design programme aims at creating professionals who are trained in costume design and busines of costumes to service all forms of performing arts. The learners will have the benefit of theoretical and practical experience as they ascend each level of the programme gaining knowledge of costume science as well as putting it to practice in conjunction with our allied schools in Filmmaking. Our endeavor is to infuse the pedagogy of this programme with the numerous years of cumulative experience that the institute has to its credit in the art of film making and performing arts. Master classes are delivered by a dedicated team of practicing costume designers/industry specialists and film makers, and modules are led by experienced tutors. Students engage in practical execution of their learnings in design labs that are equipped with all tools and machines required. Students will also be taken on field visits to work with production houses / theatres and film sets and will emerge well equipped to create costumes with a universal appeal.

Overview of Indian Film Industry and the Costume Industry

India boasts of the largest film making industry with over 1800+ films being produced in 2019 alone with ticket sales crossing 4Bn in ticket sales. It has grown by 9.5% in 2019 and now stands at a whopping value of INR191 Bn. This combines Bollywood which the Hindi film industry is known by the vast regional film industry as well. Bollywood itself contributed to 46% of the revenues in 2019. It is an industry that influences national economy in numerous ways than just through screen entertainment. It has an impact on products and commodities, tourism, international trade, and most of all the fashion industry. Actors have been the original influencers and their presence on screen and off it alike, builds aspirations for people across socio economic and geographic strata.
With most professionals in this industry being self-taught or applying learnings from allied fields of education such a fashion design/ fine arts and applied arts it is imperative to have a learning system in place where we groom professionals to service this industry which is one of the largest contributors to the economy and a platform that creates jobs for millions of people.

India is the second largest producer of textiles and garments in the world. The Indian textiles and apparel industry is expected to grow to a size of US$ 223 billion by 2021, according to a report by Technopak Advisors. Abundant availability of raw materials such as cotton, wool, silk, and jute as well as skilled workforce have made the country a sourcing hub for numerous costume designers the world over.

The textiles industry as well, has made a major contribution to the national economy in terms of direct and indirect employment generation and net foreign exchange earnings. The sector contributes about 14 per cent to industrial production, 4 per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP), and 27 per cent to the country’s foreign exchange inflows. Thus, growth and all-round development of this industry has a direct bearing on the improvement of the India’s economy.

Course Structure

This highly advanced course has been designed to help students grasp advanced concepts and practices pertaining to the costume design. The 2-year degree Programme will help graduates develop complex insights and gain knowledge on the more sophisticated aspects of the contemporary performing arts industry, giving them a well-rounded, superior educational experience.

Types of Courses:  There are courses in this Programme, some mandated while others are chosen by students:

  1. General Education Courses: These courses offer a context to students learning, enabling them to understand historical developments in their specific areas of interest as well as allied areas such as classical and folk art, cinema, photography, urban mythology, and digital art etc. These are 22 credits overall during the 2-year programme.

Core Courses:  These courses are mandated by the Programme Head of a course and all students in the Programme have to take them.

Semester-wise Distribution of Credits

Sem Core Theory Theory Hours Core Practical Practical Hours GE Theory GE Theory Hours GE Practical GE Practical Hours Total Credits Total Hours
1 6 90 14 420 4 60 6 180 30 750
2 4 60 14 420 6 90 2 60 26 630
3 2 30 16 480 2 30 2 60 22 600
4 0 0 24 720 0 0 0 0 24 0
Total 12 180 68 2040 12 180 10 300 102 1980



Semester I Course Structure

Course Code Course Theory Credits Practical Credits Total Credits Total Hours
FSMG 4101 Western Literature 2 0 2 30
FSMG 4102 History Of Theatre And Costume Study 0 4 4 120
FSMG 4103 Filmmaking Basics for Fashion I 2 2 4 90
FSMC 4101 Textiles I 4 0 4 60
FSMC 4102 PMDGC I 0 4 4 120
FSMC 4103 Western Art & Performing Arts 2 2 4 90
FSMC 4104 HMU & Grooming I 0 2 2 60
FSMC 4105 Basics Of Styling (Personal/Celebrity) 0 2 2 60
FSMC 4106 Digital Design Techniques

Semester II Course Structure

Course Code Course Theory Credits Practical Credits Total Credits Total Hours
FSMG 4201 Indian Literature 2 0 2 30
FSMG 4202 Indian Art & Performing Arts 2 2 4 90
MCBG 1207 Media and Culture – B 2 0 2 30
FSMC 4201 Textiles II 2 2 4 90
FSMC 4202 PMDGC II 0 4 4 120
FSMC 4203 HMU & Grooming II 0 2 2 60
FSMC 4204 History Of Films And Costume Study 0 4 4 120
FSMC 4205 Accessory Design I 0 2 2 60
FSMC 4206 Business Of Costume Design I 2 0 2 30

Semester III Course Structure

Course Code Course Theory Credits Practical Credits Total Credits Total Hours
FSMG 5101 Contemporary Film Making 2 2 4 90
FSMC 5101 Business Of Costume Design II 2 0 2 30
FSMC 5102 Design For Choreography (Film And Stage) 0 4 4 120
FSMC 5103 PMDGC III 0 4 4 120
FSMC 5104 Accessory Design II 0 4 4 120
FSMC 5105 Advanced HMU & Prosthetics 0 4 4 120

Semester IV Course Structure

Course Code Course Theory Credits Practical Credits Total Credits Total Hours
FSMC 5201 Graduation Film Project 0 10 10 300
FSMC 5202 PMDGC IV 0 6 6 180
FSMC 5203 Specialisation Mentorship 0 4 4 120
FSMC 5204 Field Trip/Practical Exposure 0 4 4 120
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