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 (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 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, Hotel Liaison, 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 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’ve never taught before, email the Teacher Liaison at cocoteachers@nullgmail.com.

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 don’t 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 cocostudents@nullgmail.com.

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 didn’t 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, students sometimes decide they didn’t want to take a particular class, and so choose not to pay for a class they got into.  (There are also a few student cancellations, from students who may have applied and gotten into classes but can’t come to Costume College after all.)  As a result, this seat is now available, and then gets offered up at Mid-Registration and/or Late Registration.  It happens to about 10% 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 don’t 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).