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Special Effects Make-up – an Introduction

In this immersive hands-on 10-week course you’ll explore the fascinating world of prosthetics and special make-up effects.

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What you need to know

When does it run?

Thursday 18 January – 21 March 2024

How long is the course?

10 weeks (10 Thursday evenings)

What time will your classes be?


Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring make-up aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who has a passion for cinema and special effects.

It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience and wish to develop your skills further.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

Professional make-up equipment and prosthetic consumables.

Any additional materials and resources not listed in the 'what to bring' or 'additional costs' section below.

Are there additional costs?

Please be aware you'll need to bring some make-up resources with you. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section below for full details.

What should you bring to class?

  • Tissues
  • Make-up wipes
  • Latex wedge sponges
  • Cotton buds
  • Cheap paintbrushes
  • Make-up brushes
  • Sculpting tools (wooden and metal)
  • Reference Images of what you would like to create

Why should you choose this course?

  • Improve your artistic abilities
  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own make-up looks and special effects
  • Explore and experiment with different make-up techniques
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamental skills and processes required in the creation of particular make-up effects
  • Develop an understanding of the materials and processes involved in creating prosthetic make-up effects
  • Gain practical experience and practise applying make-up and prosthetics to models
  • Develop your technical skills and unique creative voice
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 14 like-minded creatives

About this course

On this 10-week course you'll be able to experiment with different make-up techniques and materials and learn how to apply special effects. You’ll cover both casualty and fantasy special effects make-up and hone your skills to produce some spectacular looks.

This 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. Your tutor, Julia Carter, will introduce you to a range of materials used in the make-up effects industry.

Through sculpting and mould-making procedures, you'll learn to design, create and apply both casualty and fantasy effects make-up. You'll be given the opportunity to understand and practice additional techniques such as hair punching and gelatine burns.

You’ll also cover what it’s like to work in the industry and in doing so will explore the importance of professional practice with respect to set up and break down, as well as safe working procedures.

At the end of the course you’ll accumulate your newly developed skills and put them to the test by designing and producing a final look of your choice.

  • 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

  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of make-up application techniques
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Be knowledgeable in a range of different processes to create and apply prosthetic pieces
  • Possess the skills and confidence to design your own full special effects make-up looks and carry them out on a model
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity and develop your skills further; explore our range of Make-up and Prosthetics SFX short courses
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

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Julia Carter

Julia has had a varied career in the Arts, and has taught sculpture and life drawing as a visiting lecturer in further education and at...

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