The Programme of Studies in Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen prepares students for a wide-ranging field of professional activity in the theatre, film and television sector. The programme’s graduates are able to design wigs, make-up and special make-up effects in dialogue with directors, stage and costume designers, dramaturges and lighting designers, which, as well as meeting the demands and challenges of the overall context, also have their own distinctive artistic quality. They are also able to react flexibly to changes and to develop independently potential solutions that go beyond the existing repertoire of wigs, make-up and special make-up effects.
To date, the job placement rate for each year group has been outstanding: e.g. to the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Theater am Gärtnerplatz, Kammerspiele Munich, Theater Bonn, Staatsoper Hannover and Frankfurt Opera. The quality of the Programme of Studies in Wigs, Make-up and Special Make-up Effects for Stage and Screen is highly rated by international head make-up designers, who have taken on our graduates at London’s Covent Garden, at the Opéra Bastille and at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
The course concept focuses on enabling students to acquire practical-artistic and theoretical-analytical skills. Through interaction between practice and theory, the aim is to enable students to artistically develop and independently create their own make-up design.
- Visual forms of design in theatre and film (historical and contemporary)
- Special make-up effects for stage and screen
- Anatomy/ modelling/ mask-making
- Cultural studies (aesthetics/drama, opera and film analysis/art history)
- Development of a stage/screen character (stylistics and costumes /draft designs)
- Professionalisation (social competences/contract law for theatre and film)
- Projects in cooperation with the Bayreuth Festival, the University of Television and Film Munich, the Bavarian State Theatres, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Glyptothek Munich
- Cooperation with students from other disciplines
|Stephanie Bruhn||Costume designer for the stage and screen||Conceptual design work|
|Michael Brand||Lawyer||Contract law for the theatre|
|Anja Callam||Freelance stage and costume designer||Conceptual design work|
|Stefanie Däbritz||Make-up artist for film and television, artistic collaborator||Principles of historical and contemporary design|
|Verena Effenberg||Head of Studies||Mentoring Master's programme|
|Dr. Astrid Fendt||Conservator, art historian, Gyptothek Munich (sculpture museum)||projects|
|Brigitte Frank||Head make-up designer, Kammerspiele Munich||Process orientation for make-up designers (screen)|
|Alexander Gehs||Head make-up artist of the Bayreuth Festival||Conceptual wig design|
|Monika Gora||Head of set and props at the Bayreuth Festival||Conceptual design work|
|Daphne van der Grinten||Costume design||Compulsory elective subject (design workshop)|
|Shaunna Harrison Smith||Special make-up effects, London||Special amke-up effects on stage and screen|
|Falko Herold||Freelance stage designer||Context and reflection of Master's degree projects, mentoring|
|Iris Höcherl||Make-up designer, Theatre Academy August Everding, Residenztheater Munich||Conceptual wig design|
|Angelika Höckner||designer, curator, Vienna||Aesthetics of design concepts, mentoring|
|Professor Daniel Hornuff||Professor of Philosophy, Karlsruhe University of Art and Design||Aesthetics, make-up design within the overall artistic concept|
|Rainer Karlitschek||Dramaturge at the Bayerische Staatsoper||Staging Analysis|
|Ralph de Lange||Freelance Artist, Mixed Academy, Amsterdam||Compulsory elective subject (design workshop)|
|Birger Laube||Deputy Head of Studies, freelance make-up artist for film and television||Special make-up effects on the stage and screen|
|Jochen Pahs||Freelance make-up artist||Historical and contemporary design principles|
|Stefanie Polster||Make-up artist, artistic collaborator||Conceptual wig design|
|Esteban Mendoza||Special make-up effects, London||Special make-up effects for the stage and screen|
|Gerald Moser||Freelance curator, designer, Vienna||Mentoring, visualisation of design concepts|
|Andreas Mouth||Head make-up artist at the Residenztheater Munich||Developing a theatre/film character|
|Peter Pfitzner||Sculptor, Head of the workshops at the Bayerische Staatsoper||The art of mask-making|
|Susann Reinhold||Head make-up designer at the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich||Historical and contemporary design principles|
|Professor Josef Rödl||Director, head of the Filmic Space study programme at the University of Television and Film Munich||Film analysis|
|Marion Sabo||Forensic artist||Compulsive elective subject (anatomy)|
|Andrea Schönhofer||Freelance dramaturge||Staging analysis, the theatre production progress|
|Professor Kathinka Schreiber||Philosopher||Aesthetics|
|Dr. Petra Simon||Art historian||Art history|
|Sebastian Sorg||Director, documentary film festival||Film analysis|
|Thomas Trost||Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung (ZAV) Munich: (International Placement Services of the Federal Employment Agency)||Film contract law|
|Alois Vogt||Master hairdresser and specialist subject teacher at vocational scholls||Basic hair techniques|
|Mathias Weber||Management expert||Compulsory elective subject (developing a website)|
- It is essential to be interested in and attend theatre performances
- Entrance qualification for a university or university of applied sciences, or alternatively Mittlere Reife (i.e. German equivalent to GCSEs in the UK or a high school diploma in the US) in combination with a training qualification of relevance to the vocation (hairdresser, restorer, sculptor, theatre sculptor, artist or theatre painter)
- Internship at a theatre desirable
- It is essential to have a great interest in art and culture.
- A portfolio containing at least 20 of your own designs or pieces of work is required (e.g. drawings or photographs of design work you have already completed etc.)
- The application deadline is 14 March 2016
- Student guidance/portfolio guidance is available on 12 February, 4 and 11 March, 22 and 29 April, 13 May, 10 and 24 June and 8 July 2016. Please make an appointment by calling +49 (0) 89/2185-2934
Candidates who fulfil the admission requirements will be invited to take an aptitude test. It is envisaged that this test will take place in March/April 2017. Applicants will be informed of the exact date in writing.
The aptitude test comprises the following:
- Practical examination
The practical examination consists of a number of tasks to be completed under examination conditions in drawing, modelling, make-up and hairdressing.
- Oral examination
Applicants who are successful in the practical examination may proceed to take part in the oral examination. This examination tests their specialist knowledge and general knowledge of culture.
The decision on admission is made by the examination board on the basis of the performance in the aptitude test following a final consultation. Applicants will be informed of the decision in writing.
Applicants who were assessed as having insufficient knowledge in the fields of hair design and hair processing may be conditionally accepted to the programme of studies. In such cases, it is strongly advised that candidates acquire handcraft skills in these areas before taking up their studies and/or in the break between the first and second semesters.
If a candidate does not pass the aptitude test, it may only be repeated once in principle, at the earliest a year after the first attempt.
Information on the Master of Arts Programme of Studies will be available here soon.
The following documents are to be submitted for the preselection process that decides on which candidates will be invited to the aptitude test:
1. Application form including a passport photograph glued to the form and the following documents:
- Curriculum vitae
- (Uncertified) copy of your birth certificate
- (Uncertified) copy of your certificate indicating general fulfilment of the higher education entrance requirements or specialist fulfilment of subject-related entrance requirements for a university or a university of applied sciences (qualifications obtained outside the territory to which the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies shall only be recognised as evidence of general fulfilment of the higher education entrance requirements in the Free State of Bavaria if they have been recognised by the Bavarian Certificate Recognition Office:
Zeugniserkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern,
Pündterplatz 5, D-80803 München [Munich])
- (Uncertified) copy of your certificate indicating that you have completed vocational training as a hairdresser, wood-carver, theatre painter, theatre sculptor or for another artistic or craft occupation that requires training
- Short statement explaining your reasons for your choice of study programme and vocation (maximum one page of A4 typewritten text)
- If relevant, evidence of practical work in theatre, film and television
2. A portfolio containing your own designs and work enabling an evaluation of your relevant artistic talent to be made (e.g. drawings, photographs, documentation of design work already completed). The applicant shall submit with the portfolio a statement that it is his/her own independent work.
3. For applicants who are not native speakers of German, a command of the German language is an entrance requirement. The Examination Office of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich requires successful applicants to submit evidence of having attended a recognised language institute at the beginning of their programme of studies.
The deadline for the submission of applications (date of postmark or submission of documents) is 14 March 2016.
Information on the Master’s degree programme will be available here soon.
A fee of €30 will be charged for taking part in the aptitude test.
Please transfer the amount to the account below before the application deadline and enclose evidence of the transfer with your application (copy of a statement of account or a cash payment receipt):
IBAN: DE75 700500000001190315
Under "Verwendungszweck" (purpose), please quote the following reference number: 7032 011 05-8 156501-9
No tuition fees have been charged since the winter semester of 2013/2014.
However, a basic fee of €114.50 is charged each semester. This amount comprises the student union contribution (€52) and the solidarity contribution for the public transport semester ticket (€62.50).
Further information on the Munich public transport semester ticket is available here.
Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding
81675 München (Munich)
Application documents that are incomplete or received late cannot be considered!
Any application documents etc. you send will only be returned upon your explicit request and only if you enclose a stamped addressed envelope with sufficient postage!