The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship


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Applications for this program are now being accepted.

Deadline (extended): Friday, December 9, 2022 11:59pm ET. Please note the time zone.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Application form: Applicants must complete and submit the application form and required documents via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. Applications must be developed and submitted by the applicant. 
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must upload a resume/CV of no more than two pages via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL.
  • Portfolio: Portfolio materials must be submitted electronically via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. Hard copies will not be accepted. Please see more information regarding portfolio materials below.
  • Two recommendations: Applicants will be required to have two recommendations submitted to TCG on their behalf. The recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s work and must be available to submit their letters to TCG directly via the TCG ONLINE PORTAL FOR RECOMMENDERS. The applicant is responsible for sharing the instructions provided below with their recommenders. Please also provide your recommenders with your full name as written on the application form.
  • Support from an academic advisor: Applicants will also be required to identify an academic advisor at their college, university or training program who is in support of their proposed scholarship activities and can support the applicant in balancing their scholarship activities and required curriculum at their college, university or training program. The academic advisor will not need to submit a recommendation. They will only need to confirm their support to TCG directly via the TCG ONLINE PORTAL FOR ACADEMIC ADVISORS. The applicant is responsible for sharing the instructions provided below with their academic advisor. Please also provide your academic advisor with your full name as written on the application form.
  • (Optional) Website: The applicant should include a link to their website, if applicable.
You can submit your responses to the narrative questions in one of the following formats. You can change the format for each narrative question:
  • An audio or video recording; or
  • A text submission.
Failure to assemble and submit application materials properly by the extended deadline of Friday, December 9, 2022 11:59pm ET may result in the application being considered ineligible for review. Please note the time zone of the deadline. Application materials must be submitted via the TCG online portals only.


PORTFOLIO MATERIALS

  • It is strongly suggested that portfolio materials express the creative process from inspiration through finished product. If research and source material is included, they should be shown alongside the completed design to illustrate how the process informs the result. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to include work that will fully represent their artistic practices, including 2- and 3-dimensional work in any medium (i.e. drawing, painting, figure drawing, illustration, embroidery, sculpture, pottery, photography, etc.).
  • Portfolio materials must include examples of the applicant’s hand-drawing and/or painting work for costume design.
  • Applicants must provide materials from at least TWO, but not more than FOUR projects that best represent their work. 
  • Projects #3 and #4 (not required) may include examples of the applicant’s artistic work outside of costume design.
  • One of the submitted projects must include materials from the production described in Question 3 of the application narrative.
  • Applicants may submit materials from a project that has not yet been produced, however at least one project must have been fully realized.
  • Applicants should arrange their materials in the order in which they should be viewed by the panel. 
  • Each costume design example should be clearly labeled with the textile description, character, production and producer (which may be a theatre, organization or educational institution). 
  • All examples submitted in the portfolio should include a description, including all materials used to produce the work being shown.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECOMMENDERS

  • Thank you for providing a recommendation for the WILLA KIM COSTUME DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP applicant. Applicants are asked to have two recommendations submitted on their behalf by their recommenders directly to TCG. Recommenders must submit the recommendations via the TCG ONLINE PORTAL FOR RECOMMENDERS by the extended deadline of Friday, December 9, 2022 11:59pm ET. Please note the time zone.
  • The overall intent of the scholarship is to encourage the recipients’ studio and graphic skills necessary for better communication of their costume design ideas and choices. In addition to your overall assessment of the candidate, you should describe at least one example in which you have experienced the candidate’s artistry, creativity and skills. You should also address the candidate’s potential for future excellence as a professional costume designer in the US.
  • Please note that your assessment will carry considerable influence, so you are encouraged to be thoughtful and thorough.
  • You can submit your recommendation in one of the following formats:
    • An audio or video recording of no more than 5 minutes;
    • A PDF letter of no more than 2 pages. Additional pages will not be forwarded to the panel; or
    • A text submission of no more than 1,000 words.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACADEMIC ADVISORS

  • Thank you for your support for the WILLA KIM COSTUME DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP applicant. Applicants are asked to identify an academic advisor at their college, university or training program who is in support of their proposed scholarship activities and can support the applicant in balancing their scholarship activities and required curriculum at their college, university or training program. Academic advisors will not need to submit a recommendation. They will only need to confirm their support to TCG directly via the TCG ONLINE PORTAL FOR ACADEMIC ADVISORS by the extended deadline of Friday, December 9, 2022 11:59pm ET. Please note the time zone.
  • Academic advisors will be asked to submit a brief final report once scholarship activities are complete, addressing how the scholarship has impacted the recipient.