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Modern Effects Makeup Artistry


800 Clock Hours • Tuition: $14,900 • Student Kit & Lab Fees: $3,000 • Registration: $100 • Total: $18,000

The Modern Effects Makeup Makeup Artistry program is designed for students who are seeking a career in the multifaceted world of special effects makeup. This program is designed to be a comprehensive training experience that will prepare students to work as film and television special effects makeup artists.  Our course integrates classic and modern methodology that is utilized by current industry professionals in order to arm our students with the techniques and tools of the trade.

Course Content

Begin your journey into the world of special effects makeup and lay the foundation for your success. Students will learn about safe practice procedures, sanitation, color theory, basic anatomy, material and tool safety, and the vocabulary and terminology that will be used throughout the program.

Learn about the basics of special effects makeup and the classic techniques that have been utilized in the industry for decades. These skills will be the building blocks upon which the rest of your education will be built.  Students will learn techniques for applying and creating bald caps, old age makeup, quick wounds, dirt and grime, light beauty techniques, hair applications, and basic construction techniques.

Develop a working knowledge of how to sculpt, lifecast, and apply small foam prosthetics in this introduction to prosthetics. Create a half-face lifecast in stone while learning about materials, the molding process, and how to perfect your positive image. Topics covered will include introduction to sculpting, lifecasting, creating and removing the cast, positive mold creation, making a corrective positives, and applying small foam and silicone prosthetics.

Gain the knowledge needed to airbrush like a pro! Airbrushing has become an industry standard practice for all special effects makeup artists.  From body painting and quick paint jobs, to subtle prop and appliance decorating, airbrushing is an absolutely essential skill to possess for any effects artist.  Students will learn what airbrushes are and how they work, the types of airbrushes and compressors used in the industry, which paints to use, and basic and advanced airbrushing techniques.

Learn how to produce and apply Pros Aide transfers, a widely utilized technique in modern effects. Originally developed by Christien Tinsley for use in the movie The Passion of the Christ (2004), these durable, one-time use appliances can be used to create a multitude of hyper-realistic effects such as injuries and skin maladies.  Topics covered will include product knowledge and history, sculpting, texturizing, molding, applying, painting, and removing.

Learn about the entire process of creating a foam latex appliance, from sculpting a concept, to molding and demolding. Topics covered include an introduction to different types of clay and their benefits, sculpting techniques, molding a sculpture in stone, molding a corrective positive in epoxy, and how to run foam to get the perfect appliance.  Students will also learn how to create and apply multi-piece foam prosthetics.

Expand your knowledge of prosthetics and learn how to create silicone appliances. Learn about the different types of silicone, what encapsulation is, and the best way to color a silicone prosthetic for realism.  Areas explored include molding a sculpture in epoxy, running silicone for the perfect appliance, and an in-depth look into the benefits of different types of silicone.

Acquire the skills needed to create the perfect set of teeth for any character makeup. Dental appliances are crucial to any complete creature makeup and can help take your makeup to a new level.  Areas covered include lifecasting teeth, positive mold creation, sculpting dental appliances, molding dental sculpts, how to use dental acrylic, trimming and polishing, and painting.

Explore the world of zombies, gore, and practical injury effects. Whether it splatters, gushes, or oozes, it is critical for a makeup artist that blood effects look realistic and believable.  Gain the knowledge needed to perfect your blood skills and the techniques required to apply them.  Students will also enter the world of zombies, learning how to simulate these popular reanimated corpses.  Subjects include blood creation and coloration, blood dressing for wounds using Pros Aide transfers, blood bladders, slit-throat effect creation and application, gun shot effects, and zombie creations.

Makeup isn’t always about what an actor wears on their skin; sometimes artists have to create props to enhance the realism of a look. Learn how to apply your knowledge of sculpting and molding to the world of prop fabrication.  Topics covered include an introduction to prop creation, molding, overview of materials, how to create a realistic paint job, and hair punching and tying.

Before you can enter the career world, you have to learn how to navigate through it. Students will be taught about professionalism, set etiquette, resume building, how to market themselves, script breakdowns, movie budgeting, continuity books, and portfolio upkeep.

Schedule of Classes

Our next class being February 27, 2017, sign up now to be a part of the VAMP experience!

Class runs Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

Application and Registration Fee

Students can fill out an application and submit registration fee here.