Course for wig makers




Every lesson involves a practical demonstration by the instructors, who will then assist students as they learn via hands-on exercises under the direct care of consummate experts.



Students are asked not only to reproduce what the teacher has shown, but also to perform tricks and effects on the theme, freeing creativity.



The skills acquired are applied in all areas of the show - opera theater, ballet, prose, cinema, television - as in photography, fashion and events sector.



The course staff is constantly present alongside the students to follow them in the classroom activity and to guide them in the world of work.



At the students' disposal there are materials and products of the highest professional level.



The panel of the final exam will be made up of all the teachers and an external commissioner.

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RECAP 2024-25

Curricular units
- Special effects techniques (Roberto Mestroni, Donatella Mondani, Cristina Davite)
- Make-up techniques (Camilla Passavini, Cristina Davite)
- History of costumes (Luca Morando)
- Introduction to musical theatre (Andrea Massimo Grassi, Filippo Toppi)
- History of special effects (Leonardo Cruciano)
- Artistical anatomy (Silvia Cerioli)
- Draw for sculpture (Silvia Cerioli)
- Sculpture (roberto Mestroni)
- Type of materials (Elisabetta Casale, Sofia Erba)
- Interpersonal relations (Rita Cannata)
- Self-entrepreneurship (Rita Cannata)
- Team building (Jacopo Guarneri)
- Career orientation (Jacopo Guarneri)
- Contract law (Gianfranco Daniele)
- Workplace safety (Sergio Tasca)
- Introduction to portfolio photography (Laura Ferrari)
- Guided practical exercises (Cristina Davite)
- Technical English (Polly James)
- Personal branding (Special make-up professionals)
- Self-guided practical exercises

This list may be subject to change.
Teaching staff
- Rita Cannata, HR specialist
- Elisabetta Casale, cosmetologist
- Silvia Cerioli, mock-up artist
- Leonardo Cruciano, special make-up artist
- Gianfranco Daniele, business consultant
- Cristina Davite, special make-up artist
- Sofia Erba, entrepreneur in materials
- Andrea Massimo Grassi, musician and teacher at Accademia Teatro alla Scala
- Laura Ferrari, stage photographer and digital processing expert
- Jacopo Guarneri, coordinator at Accademia Teatro alla Scala
- Polly James, native English teacher
- Roberto Mestroni, special make-up artist
- Donatella Mondani, special make-up artist
- Luca Morando, costume designer
- Camilla Passavini, make-up artist
- Sergio Tasca, safety trainer
- Filippo Toppi, coordinator at Accademia Teatro alla Scala

This list may be subject to change.
Length and attendance
The course will last from November 20, 2024 to October 31, 2025.
The attendance is mandatory, five days a week from between Monday and Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
Some theoretical lessons could be proposed online.
Requisites for admission
- Age between 18 and 35;
- secondary-school diploma or three-year professional qualification.
Exemptions and loan
Scholarships, tuition exemptions, student loans, and other forms of financial aid bring training of the highest artistic quality complemented by direct practical experience in the chosen field within the reach of all.

Scholarships. One or more scholarships covering all or a part of tuition are available to students who pass the selection process and request one. Students whose ISEE (Equivalent Financial Status Indicator) is 20,000 euros or less are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Application instructions will be provided at the end of the selections in a specific announcement.
Merit loans and student loans. Thanks to the collaboration of certain banks, Academy students in good standing may also benefit from other forms of financial aid to cover tuition or lodging costs.
For further information, please contact the teaching office:
Selection process
Applicants must pass a selection process to be admitted to the course:
- a written tests assessing basic knowledge of special makeup effects;
- personal interview focusing on the applicant’s motivations, aptitudes, and expectations.

The selection process will take place in two sessions at the Academy facilities at Via Santa Marta 18, Milan.
Those who enroll in and pass the first session will be eligible for a tuition discount. Those who do not pass the first session will have the option of enrolling in the second session but will lose the right to a tuition discount.

You must apply within:
April 26, 2024 for the first round of selections
September 18, 2024 for the second round.

Register and/or login to the Academy enrollment platform at
Your email and the password you choose will become your login credentials [username and password] that can be used again for subsequent visits. You will also be asked to read the privacy notice.

After registering, enter the information requested for the specific applicant following the step-by-step. You will asked to download, sign, and attach the Terms & Conditions “Condizioni di contratto per la partecipazione". This step is necessary to proceed with the application process.

  • 1 passport-sized photo;
  • your full cv, completed and signed as described into the announcement;
  • your passport;
  • certification of studies (or self-declaration; in this case, please read carefully the announcement).

You will be asked to pay the application fee of 100 € directly online via credit/debit card or credit transfer. The payment must be made online directly through the enrollment platform (do not close the page before paying).
A summary of entered data is generated at the end of the above steps: download it, sign it and attach it where required.
Once uploaded, the application will be completed and it will be sent to the Students' Office. The following communications and steps are described into the announcement.


Special thanks to:
Fondazione Nando ed Elsa Peretti in memory of dr Schmucker and Fondazione Cecilia Gilardi

The course is funded through the Regional Operational Program and co-financed by the European Social Fund 2014-2020 of Regione Lombardia.
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