Make-up for Film, Television and Theatre

Course Overview

This very practical course will develop your understanding of the different products, materials and application processes used within the performance, film, theatre and television industry.

Whether you are considering pursuing Make-up for Media and Performance in greater depth in the future, or are simply interested in experimenting with a wide variety of looks and styles, appropriate for all types of media make-up, the course is ideal to explore the role of the professional make-up artist.

Course participants will work on each other, experiencing working with different face and eye shapes, skin types and textures, developing practical application techniques. Topics covered over the ten weeks will include historical make-up styles (1950s and 1960s), ageing using shading and highlighting, and theatrical make-up with glitter.

Additionally, you will be introduced to special effects make-up: basic prosthetics and accurate casualty effects using wax and gelatin to create realistic cuts and burns.

Taught in our state of the art Make-up Studios by Gabrielle Main, who is a professional member of the ‘Make-up for Media and Performance’ team at AUB, this course will give you the opportunity to work in a realistic, comfortable and professional working environment.


  • Working in a professional make-up environment
  • The importance of good health and safety practice, and techniques to safeguard yourself and your model
  • Period make-up of the 1950s and 1960s, including application of false eyelashes
  • Products to create casualty effects, including wax, putty, greasepaints, and fake blood
  • Wound effects including cuts and bruises
  • Burn effects using direct application of gelatine
  • Ageing make-up using 2D shading and highlighting
  • Theatrical make-up designs using colour and glitter
  • Recreation of iconic make-up designs from the world of performance


Spring term: Monday 15th January – 19th March 2018


Gabrielle Main

Course Aims

The course aims to

  • Provide learning to develop your understanding of a wide variety of practical topics to inform and educate regarding professional make-up techniques and skills
  • Provide information on the health and safety aspects of make-up artistry and working in a professional studio environment
  • Enable you to develop technical skills in make-up application suitable for stage and screen
  • Enable you to increase your confidence in make-up application through tutor support, experimentation and creativity

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • All students will have a good understanding of the role of the make-up artist in film, TV and theatre
  • All students will be able to create a diverse range of make-up looks and styles, suitable for a variety of performance mediums
  • Informal feedback will be given by the tutor, and self-assessment is encouraged
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

Entry Requirements

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners, or those with some previous experience who wish to improve their understanding.

What You Need To Bring

Your own set of professional make-up brushes (a variety of at least 12-15), tissues, cotton buds, and baby wipes or face wipes. For personal use, you are also required to bring a mascara and black liquid eyeliner, and one pair of false eyelashes for Week 3.

Professional make-up brush cleaner will be available to purchase if you so wish, for a small price.

Please contact the Short Course Office for further details on equipment, if required.

Students are welcome to bring a camera to record their work during the course.

Course Materials

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

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