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Special Effects Make-Up – An Introduction

This immersive, hands-on course gives you an insight into the fascinating world of prosthetics and special make-up effects through an informative series of demonstrations and practical sessions.

Course overview

Spring term: Tuesday 12 January – Tuesday 16 March 2021

10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Rosemary Grose


Course details

Your tutor, Rosie Grose, will introduce you to a range of basic materials used in the make-up effects industry. Through sculpting and mould-making procedures, you will learn to design, create and apply both casualty and fantasy effects make-up. You will be given the opportunity to understand and practice additional techniques such as hair punching and gelatine burns. The importance of professional practice with respect to set up and break down, as well as safe working procedures, will be established. Upon completion of this course, you will have acquired an appreciation of the fundamental skills needed in the creation of make-up special effects.

  • Hair Punching
  • Sculpting a Flat Piece
  • Flat Piece Moulds
  • Sculpting a Prosthetic Nose
  • Two Part Closed Moulds
  • Casting, Applying and Colouring Prosthetic Appliances
  • Gelatine Burns
  • Final Make-Up Application of Student’s Choice

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Photograph of Rosemary Grose

Rosemary Grose

Rosie Grose graduated from a BA (Hons) Make-Up for Media and Performance specialising in Prosthetic Special Effects.

To introduce everyone to, and provide a simple understanding of, the basic materials and processes involved in the creation of particular make-up effects.

  • Upon the completion of this unique course you will have a primary understanding of practical effects and be able to take away moulds to run your own prosthetic pieces in the future
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

There are no academic entry requirements, however a keen interest in cinema and an appreciation for special effects will serve well in this course.

Equipment and prosthetic consumables will be available however you will need to bring:

  • Tissues
  • Make-Up wipes
  • Latex wedge sponges
  • Cotton buds
  • Cheap paintbrushes
  • Make-Up brushes
  • Sculpting tools (wooden and metal)
  • A Creative Open Mind and a Can-Do Attitude

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.