The Theatre School > Conservatory > Undergraduate Conservatory > Wig and Makeup Design & Technology
The Theatre School’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Wig and Makeup Design & Technology gives students the opportunity to explore and expand their artistic and visual expression while providing practical experience. Modeled after a professional Wig and Makeup Artist’s process, the program provides training in wig construction and styling, makeup design and application, styling of actors’ hair, and creation of makeup prosthetics. The program allows students to collaborate with actors, directors, designers, technicians, and our professional makeup shop staff. The skills learned in the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program will prepare students for careers in theatre, film, and other entertainment industries.
Students learn from a distinguished award-winning faculty of professional designers and artists, both in the classroom and through individual guidance and advising during production work. Students receive formal and informal feedback from faculty through portfolio presentations and exhibits of their work each year.
The fourth year is a transition year, further developing students' abilities and preparing students to enter the profession. Students will take coursework in advanced makeup (with a focus on prosthetics) as well as a portraiture class. Students also explore other areas of theatrical design and technology through electives. Production work continues as students design and hold leadership roles on two productions in our production season and can be placed in a professional internship of their choosing. Additionally, students will develop a professional portfolio and receive resume training while in the final year of the program.
At the end of each year, The Theatre School hosts a Graduate Showcase event to showcase the work of our graduating design and technology students. Under the guidance of the faculty, graduating students prepare a showcase exhibit of their portfolio – which is presented in Chicago for artistic directors, alumni, and other members of the theatre, film, and television industries.
In addition to the major's requirements, students complete 52 quarterly credit hours (13 courses) in the university’s Liberal Studies Program. Courses are taken in theatre history, writing, quantitative reasoning and technological literacy, philosophical inquiry, religious dimensions, scientific inquiry, understanding the past, multiculturalism in the United States, and electives. These liberal studies courses are scheduled during the first three years of the program.