Summer Camp

Costume Construction & Makeup Application: Creating Your Cosplay Character

cosplay So you want to be a cosplayer? Cosplay with us! Western Illinois University's summer cosplay camp is designed to guide students interested in the world of cosplay through the various aspects of the entire cosplay process.

Led by expert in the art of cosplay, we are excited to invite you to a week of COSPLAY dabbling! The photos that liven up this page are pieces of this expert's work. Learn what cosplay culture is and what career opportunities are out there. Experience cosplay design, costume construction, characterization, prop building, makeup application,wig design and more!.

Program Content
Location(s)  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday, June 2 from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, June 3 beginning at 8:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates  June 2-7, 2019
Included in the program
  • Characterization: Learn basic physical aspects of an existing or original character.
  • Character Design/Costume Design: Bring your character that they would like to see come to life!
  • Posing: Understand cosplay from a photographers perspective, seeing what are the best ways to make their costumes stand out with a simple photo.
  • Prop Building: Gain knowledge in the materials used to build cosplay costumes.
  • Makeup: Work with various styles of makeup to help their character come alive!
  • Career Options: Think about cosplay as a career option in the theater, movies, or even a large costume production business!
Participation Criteria Program is open to students in grades eighth through eleventh who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 20 students, so please register early.



Enrollment is limited to 20 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $275 commuter and $450 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program. 


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Estimated Cost* Commuter Cost: $275
Residential Cost: $450
Register before March 15, 2019 & receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarships

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

WIU Foundation Scholarships
Available for campers wanting to attend a camp intended for high schoolers. Twenty-five qualified applicants will receive a $200 scholarship. To apply, please complete a SAO Application and submit via email to Sally Adams at sa-adams2@wiu.edu or mail to Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, 1 University Circle, Horrabin Hall 8, Macomb, IL 61455.

Sponsor A Camper Scholarships
Made possible by private donations from individuals wanting to make summer camp possible for youth. Each qualified applicant will receive a $100 scholarship. To apply, please complete a SAO Application and submit via email to Sally Adams at sa-adams2@wiu.edu or mail to Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, 1 University Circle, Horrabin Hall 8, Macomb, IL 61455.

Deadline May 24, 2019

Program Photos

Coming soon!


Instructor Bios


  • Daniel R. Schmidt
  • Faculty Assistant
  • Western Illinois University

Ian Shelly

  • Jeannie Galioto
  • Head of Costume Design
  • Western Illinois University


  • Rebel Mickelson
  • Costume Shop Assistant
  • Western Illinois University

McKenzie Cullen

Medical Forms

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Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911