Wig and Makeup Design (BFA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of their training in wig and makeup design, students will be able to

  • Analyze the script/characters and develop an advanced, coherent visual concept that takes into account style, period and creative research for theatrical use
  • Research any period of fashion history with attention to historical context, silhouette, period accessories, makeup and hairstyle
  • Analyze period silhouette and manipulate wig shapes for character and concept
  • Create a coherent, conceptual world of the play through wig, makeup and hair design with attention to the specific style needs of opera, ballet, musical, theatre for young audiences and other performance styles
  • Illustrate wig and makeup designs through drawing and color application with attention to wig and makeup detail for opera, ballet, musical, theatre for young audiences, and music video
  • Choose wig and hair accessories based on understanding of facial structure, hair texture and color
  • Work with the director, other designers and the actors in a collaborative process throughout production
  • Conduct a fitting with each actor in the designed wig and/or specialty makeup
  • Lead a team of wig and makeup specialists through the production process, with attention to the number of various wigs and makeup applications used, possible wig modifications, ventilation, crafts, budget and time management

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

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Degree Requirements

  • 101 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours
  • 15 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1130 Figure Drawing for Theatre Majors (4 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D (3 hours)
  • GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (4 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)

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