Make-up and Wig Design

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CCM offers a rare and unique MFA in Make-Up and Wig Construction and Design.

Graduate students will commit to 2-3 years, during which time they will expand their art skills in areas including painting, drawing and sculpture. Other classes that are important to a make-up graduate student are history, art history, theatre history and costuming to just name a few. A graduate student in make-up and wigs focuses heavily on design, wig making and styling and make-up and its application. In some instances, a graduate student may be given the opportunity to teach an intro level make-up class.

Students will design make-up and wigs for studio productions, and in some cases a main stage production will be assigned.

CCM graduate make-up majors have found employment in many different areas, including film, television, theatre, opera and photography. Places that have employed our former students include, but are not limited to, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the St. Louis Reparatory Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, the Denver Theatre Center, the Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, National touring shows, popular television programs and independent and commercial film companies.


The make-up and wig program at CCM is a very selective program only for the highly motivated individual. We expect a great deal from our students, the pay off being a unique experience like no other. Few programs or institutions can offer the opportunities, experiences and exposures we are able to give our students.

Faculty

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Kelly A. Yurko

Associate Professor of Make-Up

513-556-2271


Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration Division Head and Staff

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Rebecca Bromels

Interim Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA); Chair and Associate Professor of Arts Administration

513-556-5803

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Jen Lampson

TAPAA Production Manager

513-556-9439

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Deborah Neiheisel-DeZarn

TAPAA Program Manager

513-556-5803

CCM's graduate admissions process begins on September 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Theatre Design and Production - MFA

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm in order to be considered for admissions. The applications for all MFA degree programs will remain open until July 1.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)

Interview

Interview Requirements
  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.
  • MFA Interviews should be scheduled directly through the appropriate faculty. Visit the Theatre Design and Production website for the faculty directory.

News and Events

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Counseling services now available to CCM students through...

January 18, 2023

CCM students can now access counseling services within the CCM Village thanks to the addition of a CAPS embedded clinician. A member of UC’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, Dalziel Reliford-Stone (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision (LPCC-S) who will serve as an embedded clinician for CCM and DAAP. In this new position, Dalziel hopes to work with students and staff to support a culture that embraces authenticity, self-acceptance and wholeness.

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CCM Opera’s spring 2022 production of "Galileo Galilei"...

December 16, 2022

CCM Opera’s production of Philp Glass’s Galileo Galilei recently nabbed five nominations in BroadwayWorld Cincinnati’s annual awards for excellence in the region’s performing arts. The production, which ran from March 31 to April 3, 2022, has been recognized in the categories of Best Ensemble, Best Direction of a Musical (Greg Eldridge, Associate Professor of Opera Directing), Best Lighting Design of a Play or Musical (Ian Macintosh, BFA Lighting Design ‘22, and Thomas Hase, MFA Lighting Design) and Best Choreography (Hazel Alexander, BFA Dance ‘24). The awards are determined by audience vote, and the online poll is open through December 31.

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CCM shares spring 2023 schedule of major performances and events

November 22, 2022

Audiences are invited to return to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) concert halls and theaters to experience world-class performances and presentations by the next generation of performing and media artists! The college’s spring 2023 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through the CCM Box Office.

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