Special Makeup FX Courses

Special Effects Makeup: Artistry & Imagination

Have you watched "Face Off" or "Game Face" and you know Special FX could be your passion? Special Effects Makeup is where we see the most imaginative creative work at Cosmix. Walk into our Special Effects Makeup classroom and you will be in awe at the creature design going on. From super heros to aliens- It's amazing!

Special Effects Makeup Schools

There a only a few special effects makeup schools in the country. It is such a specialized industry, if you want to work you have to be very knowledgeable and skilled. We teach students the design and creation of realistic prosthetic & dental appliances. It is recommended that students who want to work in the film industry enroll in the Master Makeup Artistry Program, so that they are well-rounded. Students who are under a time or budgetary restraint would benefit from at least taking the 5 week Character Makeup course in addition to Special FX Makeup.

Special FX Guest Artist & Season 3 "Face Off" finalist and Season 1 "Game Face" finalist, Derek Garcia demonstrates painting techniques in Cosmix's Special FX Lab

Special FX Makeup: Prosthetics

Special FX Makeup equips students with makeup & lab techniques to create special effects for film, television, and theater. On Day 1, students apply a prosthetic. This introduces students to foam latex prosthetics and emphasizes the importance of proper textures, edges, and the look of a finished application. This helps them as they begin designing and sculpting.

Students learn about silicone, gelatin, in addition to foam latex materials. They design, create, and apply different types of prosthetic and dental appliances. The entire process includes conceptualization, life casting, sculpting, molding and application techniques.

Blood delivery methods are also included. Their final project for Special FX Makeup is captured in a photo shoot.

Creature Design

Pre-requisite Special FX Prosthetics

90 clock hours- pre-requisite FX-2

Students learn how to design, construct and mold an advanced three dimensional sculpted character. This course is ideal for artists interested in working in a special makeup effects lab building projects for film, television and theatrical productions, haunted houses, toy or video game productions and theme parks. Our FX Makeup students produce a completed creature from conceptual design to final application. Their final project is captured in a photo shoot.

Student Jessica de Freitas works on her sculpture & these 3 creatures are the first creature designs by Cosmix students' Stefanie Kurtz, Ryann Amis, and Breanna York (from left to right)