What is the course about?
This course allows you to develop the skills and practices needed for designing and managing wigs and hairpieces. Designed for those who want to work with lace front wigs and the quality of postiche work used in film and theatre work.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
No previous experience is expected but good creative skills and levels of dexterity would be required, plus level 2 English or be working towards it.
What topics does the course cover?
This course will cover different types of knotting techniques, weaving on silks and wire, measuring the head, creating foundations, lace for film and theatre and the different classical postiche and switches. You will also look into the history of wig making and how to research for professional projects.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Through practical methods of demonstrations and one to one tuition. Hand-outs will be provided along with Smart board and IT accessed presentations. The Research project can take the form of an essay or a presentation.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
General products and equipment are supplied by the college. You will need to have or purchase a basic knotting and carding kit (approximately £60.00). Details for this will be given in the first lesson.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
You will understand the construction methods used to make wigs and hairpieces; and be able to construct and apply a small hairpiece. You will have knowledge of period hairstyles and wigs and managing wig requirements for a performer or a production.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You can attend other short hair and make-up courses or consider progressing onto the Level 2 Makeup Certificate, Level 3 Production Arts Makeup, Level 2 Ladies Hairdressing Diploma or Level 2 Barbering Certificate.