Costumes, from Workshop to Set

Length : 14 hours


This introductory course familiarizes participants with the various positions in the costume department and the specific duties of each. Participants will learn about the entire costuming process, from workshop to set.

It is recommended that you take this course as early as possible in your career.

Target professions

Anyone interested in costuming for film and television.

Mandatory course for obtaining the status of member in several of the positions in the wardrobe department.

Read the membership criteria


Have taken the course “Initiation to community life” or already be a member of AQTIS 514 IATSE.

Training team

Claire Nadon pursued her loves for fashion and architecture simultaneously by studying theatre production at Cégep Lionel-Groulx. After working in the industry as a set, costume and lighting designer for a few years, she went back to school, first to study fine arts at Concordia University, and then to study film for a year. Her film studies sent her set and costume designs in a new direction, although she also used fashion as a medium to develop her creativity. Seeking a deeper understanding of her art, she went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history at Université de Montréal. Over the years, she has explored every aspect of costuming by taking additional training in leatherwork, shoemaking and textile construction. Claire has extensive experience acquired from nearly 45 years in the audiovisual industry. She has also taught at Concordia University and Cégep Lionel-Groulx.

Jean-François Desjardins has more than 30 years of experience on film sets. After graduating from LaSalle College in the late 80s, he began his career in the world of styling and fashion shows. He joined Radio-Canada in 1990, where he divided his time between the sets of the state company and the costume designer. Since 1994, he has been working on film productions and television series, both in Quebec and in the United States. As a trainer, he wishes to share his expertise with the new generation and help them learn the trade.


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The number of participants allowed in each course is limited. On the day of the course, we will not admit any participants who have not paid for it in advance.

Course contents

Day 1: In the Costume Workshop

  •     The various positions in the wardrobe department (according to the type of project)
  •     The steps in the costume design and production chain in the workshop
  •     How to read a script from a costuming standpoint
  •     Going through the script
  •     How to work with the various production documents
  •     Period and contemporary costuming
  •     Fittings and ethics

Day 2: On Set

  •    Dresser’s call
  •    Call sheet
  •    Continuity
  •    Difference between dressers for principal and background actors
  •    A typical day
  •    The relationships among the various departments (makeup, hair, sets, etc.) in the preparation and shooting phases
  •    Set gear
  •    The wrap
  •    Practical exercises

Autumn 2023 or Winter 2024

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1001, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, bureau 900, Montréal (Québec) H2L 4P9

360$ + taxes for permittees
150S + taxes for members

Once or twice a year


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