Course for wig makers

he Course for set designers represents one of the original core training courses of the La Scala Academy.
Instituted by Tito Varisco in the 1970s, the program provides in-depth training in the techniques necessary for the creation of stage sets, costumes, and props for a ballet or opera production.
Technical and artistic coordination of the course is entrusted to the Teatro alla Scala Stage Engineer Franco Malgrande. .


Teatro alla Scala

During the course the students actively participate in the Teatro alla Scala opera and ballet production process. They will be able to closely observe the teams working in the various departments (set makers, painters, sculptors, costume-makers, props) and all the steps in scenic design from the drawing table to the stage


The students not only follow the set-ups in the scenography workshops of the Teatro alla Scala, but are instructed to devise and implement specific autonomous projects.

On the job

A fundamental phase in the training process is the internship—300 hours for each year of the two-year program for a total of 600 hours—at the major performing arts venues in Italy and abroad. First and foremost among them is Teatro alla Scala, but other venues include the Teatro Real of Madrid, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Teatro Antico of Syracuse, and the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome, not to mention workshops such as Giò Forma of Milan and Art for Art Theaterservice of Vienna.


Painting, sculpture, thermoforming, tool development, costumes, techniques of coloring and decorating: scenographers are versatile professionals who are adept at every aspect of stage set development with mastery in the various traditional techniques and materials and the ability to use the new IT technologies, including 3D modeling and virtual reality.

Recap 2019-21

Teaching Staff
- Ruggero Bellini
- Maria Chiara Donato
- Lorenzo Lento
- Beatrice Laurora
- Fabio Sartorelli
- Sergio Tasca
- Piergiuseppe Sciotti
- Valeria Miglio
Two years.
First year: from October 16, 2019 to 17 July 2020
Second year: from September 15, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

For educational needs, the scheduled date for the closing of the course and for the final exam could be postponed to November 2021.
Mandatory, from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 18, for a maximum of eight hours a day. For educational needs, some practical exercises can occasionally take place in the evening and on holidays. Any absences must be justified and can not in any case, exceed 25% of the scheduled hours, under penalty of exclusion from the course, unless a motivated waiver by the Academic Board and the Academy Direction.
Prerequisites for admission
• Born between January 1, 1999 and September 9, 2001
• Three-year university or fine arts academy degree
• Aptitude in set design and costume design
• Knowledge of set design, costume design, painting, and prop-making
• Knowledge of sculptural technique
• Desire to work in the performing arts.
Preferential requisites
- Good knowledge of the sculptural techniques;
- Good knowledge of the AutoCad computer program;
- Interest and availability shown towards the world of the show.
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The course is open to 9 participants. To access the course it is necessary to pass a selection test * divided into three phases:
- Preselection, through paper delivery or hand delivery in the headquarters of the Teatro alla Scala Academy of two tables (one with scenographic theme, the other with a costume theme on a title to be linked with operatic repertoire, or ballet or prose theater);
- Practical test, which is accessed only after they have been evaluated admissible tables submitted and consisting of a drawing from a choice between scenography, costume, sculpture, equipment;
- An individual interview, which is admitted only after passing the practical test, aimed at verifying the professional experience, as well as the motivations, attitudes and expectations towards the course.
Registration Fee of € 85, to be paid with a bank transfer or with credit card, and attendance fee to be paid only with a Bank SDD (SEPA Direct Debit) in installments. You can find the fee of the course by downloding the brochure.
Scolarships and loans
One or more partial coverage scholarships are available total participation fee, for students deemed suitable to the selection who will apply. Requests can be presented only by students whose ISEE is equal to or less than 17,000.00 euros. You can also access a loan at favorable conditions called "loan of honor" for the payment of the tuition ed provided by a bank. How to apply for a scholarship and an honor loan will be specified in a special call.
Application deadline
17 July 2019
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