Special Makeup FX Courses


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This class teaches students the design and creation of realistic prosthetic & dental appliances for anyone wanting to do special makeup effects. 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.

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

Special FX Prosthetics Makeup

210 clock hours

This course equips students with makeup & lab techniques to create special effects for film, television, and theater. Students learn about silicone, gelatin, and foam latex materials. They design, create, and apply prosthetic and dental appliances. The process includes conceptualization, life casting, sculpting, molding and application techniques.

Blood delivery methods are also included. Students learn and practice the art of application, utilizing proper placement, coloration and blending to create realistic characters. The final project for the special effects makeup artist school is captured in a photo shoot.

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

Creature Design

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.