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Special Effects

Character & Special FX Makeup – 207 clock hours / 7-Weeks

For Course descriptions and more info on our SFX program hop on over to our FX site.

The Character & Special FX Makeup Certificate Program provides an education specific to those seeking a career in special effects makeup artistry. 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 special effects makeup photo shoot day with a professional photographer and model.

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.

Highlights of Program:

  • Certificate of Completion issued upon successful graduation
  • Manual & Handouts issued throughout program
  • 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 gradation)
  • High resolution pictures from our portrait studio for portfolio building and documentation

Included Courses:

  • Theatre Makeup
  • Hair Laying, Dressing & Construction
  • Out of the Kit FX II
  • Working Special FX
  • Character Aging Makeup
  • Bald Cap Fabrication & Application
  • Lifecasting
  • Prosthetic Design, Fabrication & Application
  • Career Marketing II
  • Special FX Photo Shoot

Above courses available individually. Course descriptions here. Contact us for more info (tuition, prerequisite requirements, etc).

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For detailed program schedule and more info on our SFX program hop on over to to our FX site.


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New 7 Week Certificate Program for 2017!
Be among the first in the Northwest to join us for this special program!
Begins Feb 20