Course for wig makers




The students experiment the sartorial techniques analyzed on a theoretical basis in the laboratory, acquiring even broader and more complex skills.



No other institution in Italy offers comparable courses. You will have the exclusive opportunity to study on the stage and behind the scenes of Teatro alla Scala: a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime experience!



A course that teaches a craft of the highest craftsmanship, with total attention to every detail.



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.



The individual internships are hosted by world-class costume shops and fashion houses, from Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, or the Paris Opera to Valentino or Dolce & Gabbana.



The skills acquired are applicable not only across the performing arts—from opera and ballet to plays, cinema, and television—but also in fashion and the events sector.

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RECAP 2023-24

Curricular units and teaching staff
- Costume-making techniques (Pasqualina Inserra and professional costume makers)
- Male costume-making techniques (Filippo Guggia)
- Hat-making techniques (Gemma Vernò)
- Textiles (Luca Morando)
- Workplace safety (Sergio Antonio Tasca)
- Introduction to performance organization (Rita Citterio, Patrizia D’Anzuoni)
- Stage tailoring techniques (Professional stage tailors)
- Costume development techniques (Cristiana Malberti, Eleonora Rossi)
- History of theatre costumes (Maria Chiara Donato)
-History of ballet (Professional historians)
- Introduction to musical theatre (Andrea Massimo Grassi)
- Music appreciation (Fabio Sartorelli)
- English (Polly James)
- Contract law (Professionals in the field)
- Self-entrepreneurship (Gianfranco Daniele)
- Career orientation (Sarah Dominique Orlandi and La Scala Academy staff)
- Organizational conduct (Rita Cannata)
- Teambuilding in training courses (Valeria Miglio)
- Practical execises and home studing

This list may be subject to change.
Length and attendance
The course will last from October 12, 2023 to December 31, 2024.
The attendance is mandatory, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.
Admission requisites
- between 18 and 29 years old;
- secondary-school diploma or three-year professional qualification.
Scholarships 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 three-phase selection process to be admitted to the course:
- a written test, one motivational, the other assessing aptitude;
- a practical exam to assess basic knowledge of theatre costume-making;
- personal interview focusing on the applicant’s motivations, aptitudes, and expectations.

The selection process will take place in two sessions: May 17-31, 2023 and September 11-18, 2023. Both sessions will be held 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.

Download here the selection program.
The Academy will offer a preparatpry workshop on July 10 to 15, 2023. For additional information and the enrollment procedure, visit the webpage.
International students and italians residing abroad
Academic qualifications issued by a non-Italian institute must be submitted together with a certificate of legal recognition in Italy per Italian law.
- if the academic qualifications were earned in a European Union Member State, the certificate must be accompanied by a sworn translation (traduzione asseverata);
- if the academic qualifications were earned in a country outside of the European Union, the certificate must be accompanied by a certificate of equivalence of qualification issued by the Italian embassy in that country (dichiarazione di valore in loco).

In both cases, you must include an Italian translation of your CV.

Furthermore, per Italian law and the regulations of the Italian Public Security Agency, applicants residing outside of the European Union who have passed the selection process must submit, on or before the day that lessons begin, a temporary residence permit for purposes of study (permesso di soggiorno per motivo di studio) or an official receipt of application for the same.

You must apply within:
April 28, 2023 for the first round of selections
September 4, 2023 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, signed as described into the announcement;
  • your passport;
  • certification of studies (or self-declaration; please read carefully the announcement).

You will be asked to pay the application fee of 85 € 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.
When 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 Banca Popolare di Milano, Fondazione Nando ed Elsa Peretti in memoria della dr.ssa Schmucker

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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