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Wardrobe Technician Practicum

Performing Arts - Theatre
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Program Information


Practicum participants will experience one-on-one mentorship from our professional team who will guide them through the production process. Practicums will gain exposure to all creative Theatre departments with the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insight into these departments through workshops and forums. Stitching, dressing, and wardrobe management placements are available.

Participants will observe and participate in the creative production process from interpretive design concept through creative development to realization. The program will include analysis of all areas of the production schedule with emphasis on the importance of the participant’s role as an effective member of the collaborative process. 

What does the program offer?

The Wardrobe Technician Practicum provides intense immersion into all aspects of wardrobe, with departmental crossovers and collaborative creativity. Past workshops have included tailoring, millinery, boots and shoes, dyeing, jewelry, corsetry, draping, flat pattern drafting, sewing machine maintenance, wigs and makeup, prosthetics, masks, thermoplastics, life drawing, lighting, welding, and knots. 

Responsibilities are determined by a participant’s initiative and the nature of the demands of the production being worked on. After initial training and practice, participants will have access to all costume shop machines and equipment.

Who should apply?

Successful applicants should have a sound understanding of sewing construction and techniques. Post-secondary costume studies or related work experience would be beneficial. 

Applicants must be self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic. Applicants should possess a willingness to learn through curiosity and be receptive to working cooperatively with all areas of wardrobe during productions. Knowledge of historical costume would be advantageous. 


What's Included

Subsidized 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 $61 per day.

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)*
Program Fee with Financial Assistance
Daily Living Allowance

Application fee: $65

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

You will also receive a daily 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.


Contact details for two referees.

Personal Statement

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


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 six 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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