Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen (BA./MA.)

The course of studies Maskenbild offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program, as well as a Master of Arts degree program at the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, which is located in the historic Prinzregententheatre, in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. The Academy offers eight degree programs, one of them being Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen (BA./ MA.).

The B.A. can be achieved in six semesters, the M.A. in an additional two semesters.

The program is characterized by specializing in Make-up and Hair Design, Wig manufacturing, and Special Make-up Effects for stage and screen.

Course Leader Prof. Verena Effenberg
Course Location Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding im Prinzregententheater, Munich
Study Mode Full time
Course Length 3 years Bachelor, 1 year Master
Tuition fee per semester € 110,00
Start Date 2016
Application Deadline Nov.,2nd, 2015
Student Advisory Service May, 22nd and 29th 2015
June, 12th 2015
Notifiable (+49-89-2185-2934)
  • Make-up for theatre, television, fashion and film
  • Historic and contemporary hair / wig dressing
  • Wig design and wig manufacture
  • Special Make up effects
  • Drawing and sculpting
  • Make up related graphic design
  • Theatre, opera and film history
  • Theatre and film analyses
  • Aesthetics
  • Hands on projects in theatre, film, fashion and media


Maleficent Video Impression


Alisza Pfeifer

Royal Opera House Covent Garden London

Katharina Siebers

Engagement Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

Lena Bader

Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich

Olga Mykula

Engagement Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich

Entry Requirements

An International Baccalaureate or equivalent national school leaving or university entrance qualifications

Portfolio advice

Drawings as well as photographs of sculptures and Make up examples

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Information for guest examiners

The intensive study programme “Make-up – Theatre and Film” is a specialised branch of study with the aim of training future make-up artists who display particular creative potential. The skills which students on this study programme acquire divide into theoretical and practical qualifications, as well as artistic abilities in the allied area of character development. After a few years’ work experience in a make-up department, students will be equipped to take up their first position of responsibility or to establish themselves as independent creative make-up artists.
At the heart of the Master Study Programme is the encouragement of specialists, concentrating on particular techniques in their professional field and the development of a creative artistic personality. Its aim is to enable students to acquire a broadly-based artistic independence. Only through this will they be able to work in new fields alongside drama, opera and film – in the area of free art, in cross-over between performance, theatre and exhibitions, but also in working with agencies and on commercial projects.