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Millinery Technician Practicum

Performing Arts - Theatre
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Program Information


The Millinery Practicum program provides a basic grounding in millinery techniques with an emphasis on theatrical application. The program’s broad approach builds on participants’ previous experience and introduces them to a new range of skills that could be developed further in an optional second year in the program.    

Practicum participants will have an active role in the creation of headwear from design interpretation to final fitting.  Participants are also encouraged to explore opportunities for other skills development in inter- departmental workshops.

What does the program offer?

Participants will benefit by beginning the practicum experience with the other wardrobe participants and gaining a sound understanding of wardrobe skills and procedure before focusing on developing millinery skills.

Building hat blocks, becoming proficient in taking a range of head measurements, repurposing hat felts, historical research, and sourcing materials will be an important part of skills development, as well as working with materials including felt, buckram, straw, or wire.

A key element of the program is a connection to all creative Theatre departments, with opportunities to exchange ideas and gain insight through workshops, forums, and collaborative creativity.

Who should apply?



Successful candidates should have a creative ability demonstrated through photos of past projects. Applicants must be self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic. Candidates should be receptive to learning through exploration of various media and in all wardrobe departments, as well as collaborating with other departments. Good sewing skills are essential, as well as an ability to visualize in three dimensions. A knowledge of historical costume and hairstyles would also be an advantage. 


What's Included

Subsidised HousingRead MoreClose

You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the living allowance.

As space is extremely limited, Banff Centre housing is available for practicum participants only. 

Living AllowanceRead MoreClose

You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (per week)*
What You Can Expect to Pay
Weekly living allowance

Application fee: $65

*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance.

You will also receive a weekly living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).

How to Apply

Start dates for this program may be flexible. Please note your availability in your personal statement. 


Up to three samples of relevant recent artistic work not exceeding 25 pages in total. Please provide a description of the work or method used to create the work.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Personal Statement

A summary of your goals, how you plan to achieve them, and how this experience will assist you.


Contact details for two referees.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to technical merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the technician’s career will benefit from the program. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


International applicants: Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than 6 months.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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