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Special FX Make-Up

This introductory course will give you an insight into the skills needed to play a key creative role in performance, fashion, film and television.

Course details

This 8-week course offers an exciting and diverse introduction to a wide range of Make-Up skills and special effects. For those young artists that as interested in Prosthetic, Casualty and creative Make-Up.

This course is a broad introduction based on the many different methods, applications and specialist techniques surrounding Make-Up for Media and Performance. Delivered in our state-of-the-art Make-Up studios by AUB tutor Julia Carter, who has over ten years of experience whilst teaching on the AUB (BA Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance course.

Young Make-Up artists will receive a well-rounded experience of the creative side to Make-Up and special effects. Students will have the opportunity to work in a professional environment and have the real experience of working on each other. Students will also develop good communication skills as they learn about the importance of health and safety, and gain the confidence to apply Make-Up on another person.

We at AUB understand how important young creative artists are in having so much potential and with so much ability and enthusiasm, students will have support and guidance from their dedicated tutor to fully explore their creative talent and future potential.

We also take great care and respect to ensure all our young learners are included and supported throughout the duration of the course.

  • An introduction to:
  • Black eyes and slit lips
  • Bruises and blisters
  • Severed finger and burns
  • An introduction to creative Make-Up
  • Monster creation
  • Designing and applying creative Make-Up, using wigs and a variety of special effects
  • Applying a prosthetic nose

  • Special FX Make-up students will be constantly measured and assessed incorporating essential key skills in:
  • Using and applying materials appropriately
  • Develop creative design skills
  • Apply Make-Up whilst understanding the importance of health and safety
  • Experience and learn time management whilst applying Make-Up
  • Experience being a model
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance

Term Dates Time

Autumn term

23, 30 October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4, 11 December 2021


Spring term

22, 29 January | 5, 12, 19, 26 February | 5, 12 March 2022


Meet your tutor

Julia Carter has been part of the BA (Hons) Make-up for media and Performance course team for over ten years, she brings a wealth of experience in prosthetics and creative make-up. During this time Julia has also taught Saturday Art School and Evening & Saturday courses in her spare time. Julia has a BA (Hons) in Model Making for Design and Industry, and Architectural Ceramics. She has worked as an independent Artist and Sculptor for many years.

Entry requirements and fees

Ideally students should be aged between 12-15 years and be prepared to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm!

This course costs £199 and all course materials are provided by AUB.

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Contact the team

If you have any questions, get in touch with the Saturday Art School team on 01202 363222 or at