Character & Special FX Makeup

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Character & Special FX Makeup

209 Clock Hours / 7-Weeks

Classes taught by top working Hollywood Special Effects artists!

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The Character & Special FX Makeup Certificate Program provides an education specific to those seeking a career utilizing the skills of special effects makeup artistry. This program focuses on 3- dimensional makeup skills and techniques. These skills prepare individuals to provide special effects makeup services for film, television, commercials, photo shoots, and theatrical performances. These specialized techniques also prepare students to be employed working in a special effects lab. Students learn character makeup and appliance fabrication and application techniques to create any transformation required for the creative development of the story written for film, television, or theatrical productions. Special effects makeup is also often used in commercials, music videos, and photo shoots.

A 7-week Daytime schedule is available. The Character & Special FX Makeup Certificate Program combines 10 courses, providing a comprehensive education and preparation for student graduates to explore career options in film, television, commercial, print, and stage. The program includes a professional special effects makeup photo shoot day with a guest model. A graduation ceremony will conclude the program.

Classes are a combination of lectures, demos, student application, and photo shoots. Students alternate practicing on each other in order to work with a variety of skin types and coloring, while gaining the experience of working with different subjects. Photos are shot throughout the program in a portrait studio and/or outdoors. A Certificate of Completion is issued upon successful graduation.

See each class description in Included Classes below.

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Tuition and Costs
  • Tuition
  • $4,076
  • Lab Materials
  • $500
  • Kit F
  • $700
  • Total Cost:
  • $5,276
  • More Dates TBA

Course Highlights

  • Certificate of Completion issued upon successful graduation.
  • Career Marketing course (available to Certificate Program students only).
  • Manual & Handouts issued throughout program.
  • Participation opportunities in real work collaborations.
  • Membership on the private AofM job board (for 18 months after graduation).
  • Discounts from hundreds of pro and major makeup/hair product brands (ongoing after graduation).
  • High resolution pictures from our portrait studio for portfolio building and documentation.
  • Professional fashion photo shoot day with guest model
  • No experience necessary to enroll in a program.

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Announcing our Fall FX Program instructor!

We are very excited to welcome back Colorado-based Face Off makeup and special effects artist, Kevon Ward.   Kevin was a two-time competitor on the hit SYFY reality tv series, Face Off. Kevon specializes in FX makeup and creature design, and has worked on several additional mediums including puppetry, set and prop design, illustration, graphic design, fine art, […]

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