CUAMUP414 - Style wigs and hairpieces for productions

Unit code: CUAMUP414 | Study level: TAFE
City Campus


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to style wigs and hairpieces for productions in the film, television, photographic and live entertainment industries. It involves confirming wigs and hairpieces are prepared for application, and applying and styling wigs and hairpieces according to production requirements.The unit applies to those who use different temporary colouring, setting and dressing methods to produce the required appearance of wigs and hairpieces for performers. They may work independently or as a member of a make-up and hair design team and are also responsible for the maintenance of wigs and hairpieces.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:
*style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions according to at least two different production requirements.

In the course of the above, the candidate must:
*prepare performers’ wigs and hairpieces for styling
*fit wigs and hairpieces on performers
*maintain the condition of wigs and hairpieces
*style and apply finishes to wigs and hairpieces
*create a documentary record of hair designs
*complete work within production timelines
*comply with health and hygiene requirements when providing hair services
*work collaboratively with others in creating hair designs
*provide clear explanations to performers during wig and hairpiece fitting sessions.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*common production requirements for styling wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions including:

  • wig stitching, knotting and fibre types
  • wig and hair styles
  • timelines
  • performer requirements
    *roles and responsibilities of personnel who need to be consulted in relation to designing and styling wigs and hairpieces
    *typical problems of styling wigs and hairpieces and common solutions
    *health, hygiene and safety requirements for the provision of wig and hairpiece styling services
    *industry standard procedures for washing wigs
    *common procedures in preparing hair for under a wig
    *relationship between face type and elements and principles of hair design
    *characteristics of human and synthetic hair types used in wigs and hairpieces
    *tools and techniques for applying design finishes to wigs and hairpieces
    *maintenance and storage requirements for wigs and hairpieces.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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