What will I learn?

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

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 production process.
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.

Which department am I in?

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Study options

Full Time (Complete at least 120 total credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,500.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 June 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


St Louis Home Campus

470 East Lockwood Avenue,



63119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must complete the 36 credit hours for the major as specified below with a grade of C- or better.

For international students

Students must completed high school or from a home school program.

English language proficiency requirement:

TOEFL: iBT: 80

TOEFL: pBT: 550

IELTS: Academic: 6.0

Duolingo: 120

Pearson: 53

Cambridge Academic English: 169

Password: 6.0

GTEC: 1201

iTEP: 3.7

SAT's English-based Reading and Writing Score: 450

ACT composite score: 23

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Webster University

90 per cent of international students have established career connections with regional employment providers in St. Louis, and other areas in the USA.

  • Highest ranked university in the St. Louis region
  • Average class size of ten
  • Globally-focused community, representing 138 countries
  • International scholarships available

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