Class FAQs

Classes/Limited Attendance Classes
If you do not find the answer to your question or need more detailed information, please contact Program – Students.

Why are there fees for some classes?
Fees for classes ranging from $1.00 to $85.00 depending on the class 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 is teaching classes?
Our teachers range from professional museum curators all the way to expert hobbyists. Additionally, our teachers come from across the country to join Costume College’s faculty. And remember, every single one of them, from amateur to professional, does this solely on a voluntary basis. Not a single teacher is paid for the instruction they provide. That’s how important Costume College is to our teachers.

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 & 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 at together.  The Wall Party is attended by the Programming Department, Dean, Assistant Dean, and CGW President.

How can I teach at College?
By submitting a teacher volunteer form to the Programming department! In January the Teacher Liaison for Programming will ask you submit a class proposal form which will need to be returned by the first part of February. 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.

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.

How do I sign up for Limited Attendance classes and/or Tours?
The sign-up form for Limited Attendance classes and Tours is included in your Registration Packet.  This form must be filled out and returned to us by the date on the form, usually mid-May. 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. But don’t worry; there are plenty of Unlimited Classes! And we now allow students to enroll in a few limited classes that didn’t fill up during Check-In on Thursday night of the conference.

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

I sent in my class fees, but the checks haven’t cleared my bank. Is everything okay?
Yes. Our teachers are not given the checks for the limited attendance class fees until they arrive at Costume College, even though they’ve already purchased materials for their students in advance. Therefore, your checks will not be cashed until after Costume College.

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.