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Bianca Rogers ’13

Class of 2013, Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

“The two main focuses within my IDS major were Costume Design and Film. But in order to get the most out of both of these areas, I took courses that weren’t necessarily these exact topics but deepened my understanding of the larger ones. Courses like Costume History and Costume Construction provided me with vital lessons on how clothing was made. During my study abroad experience in Italy, I took a photography class that helped improve my visual skills that could be carried over into film. The ability to, in a sense, hone my craft by choosing a diverse, yet integral, list of courses makes the IDS program so unique and rewarding.” 

Bianca Rogers is a recent graduate from MMC. The focus of her studies was Costume Design and Film
Why did you choose the IDS program?

Before transferring to Marymount, at my previous college, I had changed my major three times. I loved writing, art, history, film and design but couldn’t find the right fit that allowed me to creatively explore all of these. I wanted to combine those passions and lucky for me, the Interdisciplinary Studies program was that perfect fit.

What are your particular areas of study?

The two main focuses within my IDS major were Costume Design and Film. But in order to get the most out of both of these areas, I took courses that weren’t necessarily these exact topics but deepened my understanding of the larger ones. Courses like Costume History and Costume Construction provided me with vital lessons on how clothing was made. During my study abroad experience in Italy, I took a photography class that helped improve my visual skills that could be carried over into film. The ability to, in a sense, hone my craft by choosing a diverse, yet integral, list of courses makes the IDS program so unique and rewarding. 

What were your favorite courses?

Video Workshop and Costume Design were the two courses that prepared me for my ultimately favorite experience within the program which was my Capstone, where I essentially combined these two courses. Because of these classes, for my capstone, I was able to bring my costume sketch to life in a film. My capstone was about the different types of clothing that came through Ellis Island at the turn of the century. I had to research all the different types of traditional clothing, design a costume, completely construct the costume and then use it in a short film that I had the opportunity to film at Ellis Island. My capstone required me to be the historian, designer, seamstress, location scouter, director, coordinator, and editor. I am humbled that I can walk away from my undergraduate career with such a diverse resume of experience. I can easily say achieving that was all because of the IDS program.

Do you have a dream job(s)?

Ultimately I would like to continue to pursue film, both fictional and documentary. I really enjoyed discovering so much history when I worked on my capstone so I think that I will continue to in a way, retell stories like Ellis Island. I definitely have the wanderlust spirit so my absolute dream job would be to film stories all over the world. Here’s hoping! 

How do you think this major will help you in the future?

There are many sides and layers to a story or a topic of study and the IDS program not only allowed me but encouraged me to explore all of those. It taught me to be a jack of all trades, using the creative side of my brain while improving the technical and organized side. I learned that both were necessary when bringing a project to life. I believe the benefits of growing as a student in this type of learning are limitless and are going to continue to reveal themselves to me as I begin the next chapter of my life. I’m off to Europe in the fall and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Check out Bianca’s fabulous senior film below:

Class Year and Major

Class of 2013, Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies