The Art of Wig and Hair Design Program

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  • Contact Hours: 700
  • Duration: 20 Weeks
  • Meets: Monday-Friday 9-5 PM or 9-12:30 PM**
  • Total Cost of Program: $22,402
    • Registration Fee: $100
    • Tuition: $17,500
    • Kit & Materials: $3,740
    • Admin Fees: $1,062
  • Award: Diploma

The Art of Hair and Makeup Design Program is limited to 12 students per session. Early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites- suitable for beginners to intermediate students.

Includes Hair Kit & Materials needed for class projects.


**Part-time study is available with Director and Instructor’s approval. See Semi-independent Study tab for more info.

The Art of Wigs and Hair Design  at AMUA is a 5 month intensive program designed to prepare students to effectively design, create, and style wigs, facial hair, and faux fur. These skills can be adapted to careers in Entertainment, Theater, Film, TV, Medical, or Private Business.

From the very first day, students will learn through hands on experiences which is essential to the AMUA philosophy. Whether students are brand new in the field, or already working in the industry, these hands on learning experiences will allow for real time interaction with the professor, and help hone the student’s craft.

Students will be learning skills rooted in traditional techniques. This allows for consistent accuracy of product, and knowledge of how to correct inaccuracies. The use of cutting edge materials will prepare the students to enter their profession confident that they can meet any challenges.

Learning begins with understanding the tools, and laces of the trade. Within  week one, a student will have created their first facial hair piece, along with understanding the basics of period hairstyling. Students will rapidly progress into their first full wig construction, and over the course of the program will learn in depth how to style wigs from a great number of periods.

Valuable skills, from turning a standard commercial wig into a film or theater ready wig, all the way through to making a wig that is wearable in a real life scenario, will be addressed in the art of  wigs and hair program with the intent to give students a complete working knowledge of creation, cutting, and styling for most every possible scenario. All students completing this program will leave with an impressive portfolio.

  • Basic Ventilating
  • Building and styling facial hair
  • Altering commercial wigs for the entertainment industry
  • Quick, standard and deep fronts with parts
  • Measuring to ensure the perfect fit
  • Full  super lace wig
  • Standard wig foundations
  • Period Hairstyling (at least 10 different periods)
  • Monster Hair
  • Hair punching
  • Texturing Hair
  • Medical / contemporary wigs
  • Budgeting
  • Designing wig styles according to character


August 1- December 19, 2017 – 6 Seats Remaining


  • January 8 – May 25 – 10 Seats Remaining
  • August 1 – December 21 – 10 Seats Remaining

Last updated 4/18/2017

Michael C. Meyer

Beyond the enjoyment of passing information on to others, there is an enormous amount of excitement that comes from seeing a student succeed; In my experience the best learning is done by giving them challenges, along with freedom to develop, and permission to make mistakes. I try to create such an atmosphere by allowing the students to use their critical thinking skills, develop innovative techniques and ideas through hands on training in the classroom, as well as working on productions, performances, and community service activities.

Part-time Study Option

Designed for working adults with some experience in hair or makeup, this program has the flexibility of allowing for a part-time option in which students will complete 350 hours in-class and 350 hours of independent lab time.

In-class hours are Monday-Friday from 9-12:30pm and will consist of lectures, demonstrations, supervised instruction time and critique.

Students will complete independent lab hours whenever it’s convenient for them- whether after work, or on the weekends.


  • Contact Hours: 350
  • Independent Lab Hours: 350
  • Duration: 20 Weeks
  • Meets: Monday-Friday 9-12:30 PM
  • Total Cost of Program: $22,402
    • Registration Fee: $100
    • Tuition: $17,500
    • Kit & Materials: $3,740
    • Admin Fees: $1,062
  • Award: Diploma
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