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The South Carolina Film Commission has teamed up with The Costuming Academy for a comprehensive, on-line training on COSTUMING for the production industry. Upon completion, trainees will leave with first-day confidence, knowing the language of a Costumer and understand the skills being used, whether they’re starting as a PA or an entry-level Costumer.  

The training is free and open to any qualified South Carolina resident.


The curriculum has been created by Costume veterans Donna Schultz and Sharon Sampson, opening a window into the wealth of knowledge available from industry professionals like themselves. Donna and Sharon will lead participants throughout the process, with a live orientation at the start of the five-module course (via Zoom), a live Q&A/Mentor session at the completion of the course (via Zoom), and six months of access to the TCA community, where they can continue to ask questions and network. 

If selected, trainees must commit to the following schedule:

  • Oct. 28: Virtual Start-up (approx. one hour)
  • Oct. 28-Nov 10: Independent Completion of Five Virtual Courses 
  • Nov. 11: Wrap-Up/Q&A/Mentoring (approx. two-hours)

The Five Virtual Courses cover:

  • Unions & Productions (full overview of every production department and how costumers works with each one) 
  • Entry Level Costumer (what you need to know to get started) 
  • Set Protocol for Costumers 
  • Shopping and Returns 
  • Tools of the Trade

Once completed, trainees will be eligible for placement on film, TV and commercial internships in Costumes and other departments through SCFC’s Statewide Production Intern Program. (Placement and other opportunities are not guaranteed.)

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Be a current South Carolina resident. 
  • Be 18-years-old or over.
  • Have some experience in the fashion, sewing, tailoring or similar trades, and/or have some professional production experience. 
  • Be able to commit to attending and completing all elements of the training.
  • Be able to complete all task types in the ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS section of the application below.

Space is limited and slots are NOT guaranteed. Not everyone who applies will be enrolled. Only those willing to commit to completing the training and are serious about a career in professional Costume Departments should apply.

Applicants selected for the training will be informed by Oct. 22 and will receive additional details then.


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