Classes FAQs

Classes/Limited Attendance Classes
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Why are there fees for some classes?
Fees for classes (both Limited and Unlimited classes) range from $1.00 to $100.00+.  The fee for the class is set by the teacher.  The class fees are strictly to cover the costs of materials the teacher provides to the students. The fee may be for something as simple as handouts, or you may end up making a corset or other garment. The amount of the fee is not under the control of Costume College and is solely determined by the individual instructors.

Who are our Teachers?
Our Teachers range from the costuming hobbyist to professionals all of whom volunteer their time to share their knowledge, skills, and talent with other like-minded individuals.  Many of our Teachers have taught at Costume College before, while others will be teaching for the first time this year.  The classes taught by our Teachers range from short (1 to 2 hour) lectures to all day workshops.  Many of our Teachers choose to register for Costume College as a student so that they may attend classes taught by others.  However, registering for Costume College is not required to volunteer to teach.

How are the classes/teachers selected?
Each year we select from a list of classes that have been submitted by the individuals wishing to teach them. Many factors go into the selection process; everything from popularity of the topic to the length of the class and format (workshop, lecture, demo) to teacher availability.  The schedule is created at the Wall Party – named for the large grids placed on the walls so that the classroom, time, and class information can be seen together.  The Wall Party is attended by Programming (Teacher and Student Liaisons), the Dean, Assistant Dean, Hotel Liaison, and CGW President.

How can I teach at College?
By submitting a teacher volunteer form to the Programming department! In December the Teacher Liaison for Programming will ask you submit a class proposal form which will need to be returned by the middle of January. You can submit proposals for more than one class.  We cannot guarantee that everyone who submits a proposal will have one or all of their classes put on the schedule.

For more questions about the class submission/proposal process, or to get on the teacher list if you have never taught before, email the Teacher Liaison at

What is a Limited Attendance Class?
Limited Attendance Classes are usually workshops that have a materials fee attached to them.  In these classes you will often leave with a finished or close-to-finished item, along with a new skill set to take home and enjoy.  These are called “Limited” classes because the teacher has set a maximum number of students that they can teach in that particular class.

How do I sign up for Limited Attendance classes and/or Tours?
The paper sign-up form for Limited Attendance classes and Tours is included in your Registration Packet.  There is also an electronic form online, which opens a week after the Registration Packets are mailed out.  One of these forms must be filled out and returned to us by the date on the form. If you purchase your membership for Costume College after the deadline to return the Limited Attendance class and Tours sign-up form, you will not be eligible to sign up for the limited attendance classes or tours (for the first process). But do not worry; there’s always Mid-Registration!  And Late Registration at Costume College!  And there are plenty of Unlimited Classes!

For more information about the Limited class process, please email the Student Liaison at

Are Limited Attendance Class and/or Tours transferable?
NO!  Limited Attendance Classes and Tours are NOT transferable to anyone at any time.

What is the “bonus track”?
The bonus track is a special track of classes that are based on the following year’s theme thus allowing students to focus on specific topic and display what they learned the following year. These are the same as the other classes, in that they are a mix of lecture, demo and workshop classes. We generally devote around 10% of the classes to the bonus track, so if you are completely uninterested in the bonus track, there are still plenty of other classes to take on large variety of costuming topics.

I signed up for a Limited class and did not get it, but it’s being offered at Mid-Registration or Late Registration.  What gives?
After we assign students to classes comes the payment process.  For whatever reason, some students either choose not to take the class they were assigned (they changed their minds), or about 25% of people just never submit payment for any of their classes.  As a result, this seat is now available, and then gets offered up at Mid-Registration and/or Late Registration.  It happens to about 25-35% of the Limited class seats.

The Los Angeles Fabric District Tour is not on the paper form or the online form.  Is this tour still happening?
Yes!  This tour is a staple at Costume College.  However, since we do not have classes on Monday, we decided to make it available for registration and payment separately from the other Limited classes and tours.  You can find this link on the paper Limited classes form you get with your Registration packet (or in your Registration book).