Course for wig makers




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.



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.



Each student will receive protective clothing and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Teatro alla Scala workshops. All other course materials will be provided by the Academy.



During the two-year course, specific projects are envisioned for opera and ballet productions but also for cinema and plays, with the objective of providing a broad overview of the different fields in which a set designer may work. Some of the projects involve only the concept phase, while others include production.

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RECAP 2021-23

Curricular units and teaching staff
- Workshop techniques (practical workshop exercises): scenic design, painting, sculpture, props. (Venanzio Alberti, Maria Grazia Caglio, Stefania Cavallin, Flavio Erbetta, Emanuela Finardi, Roberto Panza)
- Costume-making techniques (practical workshop exercises): fabric painting, fabric decoration, fabric dyeing and ageing, embroidery, jewelry creation (Clara Sarti)
- Lighting design (Angelo Linzalata)
- Scenic design (Ruggero Bellini, Elio Brescia)
- Stage costumes (Maria Chiara Donato)
- AutoCAD (Lorenzo Lento)
- Photoshop (Beatrice Laurora)
- IT in set design (Gianluca Dentici)
- Videomapping (Mattia Diomedi)
- Introduction to musical theatre (Andrea Massimo Grassi)
- Music appreciation (Fabio Sartorelli)
- Workplace safety (Sergio Tasca)
- English (Polly James)
- Contract law (Piergiuseppe Sciotti)
- Self-entrepreneurship (Gianfranco Daniele)
- Teambuilding and training (Valeria Miglio)
- Career counseling (Sarah Dominique Orlandi and La Scala Academy staff).

This list may be subject to change.
Two years.
First year: october 14, 2021 to July 22, 2022.
Second year: september 2022 to July 31, 2023.
Curricular needs may require postponing the end of the course and the final exam to November 2023.
Admission requisites
- Born between January 1, 1993 and September 3, 2003;
- 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;
- manifest desire to work in the performing arts.
Admission process
Applicants must pass a three-phase selection process to be admitted to the course. The applicant must pass each phase to be admitted to the following one:
- preselection consisting in the evaluation of two drawings created by the applicant (one illustrating a stage set, the other a costume chosen by the applicant from the opera or ballet repertoire). The drawings may be delivered to the Academy by mail, courier, or by hand;
- practical exam involving a drawing done at Academy facilities of a stage set, a costume, a sculpture, or a prop, to be chosen by the applicant;
- personal interview focusing on the applicant’s practical/work experience, motivations, aptitudes, and expectations.
Scholarships and loan
Needs-based scholarships are available to cover all or part of tuition. Students whose ISEE (Equivalent Financial Status Indicator) is 20,000 euros or less are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Easy-rate student loans are also available. Instructions for applying for scholarships or student loans will be provided in a specific announcement.

Deadline to apply: July 14, 2021

How to apply

Click on the “Apply” button. You will be asked first to pay the application fee (85 €) completd with account details, then you will find into your “Restricted area” on this website, under “Application draft”, the application form.

You have to attach, in digital format:
  • a passport-sized photo;
  • your cv;
  • signed “Terms and Conditions”, available and downloadable into the application form.
  • Please, read carefully the announcement and prepare in advance what you need to complete your application.

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