A Introduction to Prosthetics

Also available as a single module

MODULE OVERVIEW

Skill in making prosthetic appliances is a great asset to any makeup artist. Veronica has experience in both film and TV (having created, for example, a nose for Judi Dench’s Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love and a swollen eye piece for an episode of Casualty).

Our prosthetic makeup course provides a good understanding of sculpting, simple two-part mould making and flat bed moulds. Students will plan a total prosthetic makeup look which will include costume, accessories, wigs or bald caps, and this will be photographed by MAKUP’s own professional photographer for inclusion in their portfolio.

NB: Accessories required as mentioned in the overview for this module to complete your creation must be purchased at your own expense.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Use of silicone casting material to produce multiple sectional casts for face and neck
  • Preparation techniques, plus how to refine plaster casts and mother moulds
  • An introduction to sculpting techniques to create form, texture and detail
  • The principles of mould-making to achieve flat bed and two-part moulds
  • Casting and running out cap-skin encapsulated silicone pieces
  • Techniques for applying and colouring appliances
  • Safety procedures surrounding the use of materials and the preparation of moulds
  • Ensuring the safety and comfort of the artist when casting, applying and removing prosthetic materials

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN

  • A total image to add to your professional portfolio
  • Good working knowledge of sculpting and making moulds which you can adapt to achieve a variety of effects in your future career

16 Week Intensive Set Ready Course

11th September 2017– 19th January 2018 – £7,995 (dates include three weeks of school holidays).

2 Week Short Course

20th November  – 1st December 2017 – £1,350

" Prosthetics surprisingly is another core skill, which I have called on many times in my career. To be able to make a face cast in order to just sculpt a nose,swollen eye, or indeed any injuries or effect will give you the confidence to tackle many effects which would otherwise be done by a specialist in that field. On “Assassins Creed” many of the makeup team were making their own moulds for wounds and scars etc. "

Veronica McAleer - Course Director

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Need to know

Enrolling at MAKUP is easy – just fill in the form online or call us if you have any queries. You must be 18 or over to study at MAKUP. However, there is no age limit!

If you are accepted, you will then be asked to pay a deposit of 10% of the relevant course fee. This will secure your place. This deposit is non–refundable. Six weeks prior to commencement you will be asked to pay the balance in full.

Please note as a special exemption,to accommodate January 2016 PCDL applicants,the balance less the deposit can be paid no later than one week before the course commences. Potential students applying on this basis will also receive their deposit back in full if they cannot secure a PCDL.

All other applicants must comply with our regular terms and conditions. We accept payment by credit or debit card. Please ring our office on 01212 965 230.

Late bookings must be paid for in full.

None — we start with the basics.

All you need is passion, a conscientious and positive attitude, and the ability to take constructive criticism.

Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion for your relevant course.

The classes will be limited to ten students, maximising your contact time with Veronica and the other tutors.

Veronica will use her bank of industry contacts to help you as much as possible with work experience once you have completed your course.

Unpaid work as a makeup trainee may well be the bulk of your opportunities at the start, which will help you to build on your existing skills; as well as providing you with invaluable contacts.

We host regular open days, where you can look around the studio, chat to current students and try out some mini workshops. Visit the Dates And Events page for details of our next open day.

All products are provided as part of the course price. All the products are currently used in the industry, and can be found in Veronica’s own makeup kit.

All modules run from 10.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

We do not provide accommodation. However, with three universities, Birmingham is very student–friendly city, and you won’t struggle to find affordable accommodation.

For the majority of the course, students practice on each other. During the Portfolio sections of the course, you will need to bring in your own models.

No. The makeup industry is a practical environment, and the training we provide gives hands on experience and learning in the practical assets of the job. With Veronica’s years of experience and industry contacts, you won’t be missing out.

During this course you will learn the use of silicone casting material to produce multiple sectional casts for face and neck, preparation techniques, plus how to refine plaster casts and mother moulds, and sculpting techniques to create form, texture and detail. This special effects prosthetics course covers casting and running out cap-skin encapsulated silicone pieces, and techniques for applying and colouring appliances. We will train you on safety procedures surrounding the use of materials and the preparation of moulds, and ensuring the safety and comfort of the artist when casting, applying and removing prosthetic materials.

By completing this special effects prosthetics makeup course, you will gain a professional image to add to your portfolio and a good working knowledge of sculpting and making moulds which you can adapt to achieve a variety of effects in your future career.

Prosthetics makeup effects are in fact another core skill for a film and TV makeup artist, which Veronica has called on many times in her career. To be able to make a face cast in order to just sculpt a nose, swollen eye, or indeed any injuries or effect will give you the confidence to tackle many effects which would otherwise be done by a specialist in that field. When Veronica was working on “Assassins Creed” she found that many of the makeup team made their own moulds for wounds and scars.

Furthermore, our Art of Illusion – Believable Blood/SFX Makeup module covers many invaluable skills and techniques to create character looks such as ageing, breaking down, disguise and bald caps. It also includes making and applying wounds with believable blood effects – an increasingly popular skill for every budding makeup artist, with pro bondo scars and wounds now commonly used throughout the industry. Note that real-life casualty research is an important element of this module in order to create realistic wounds and scars.

While SFX and character makeup is often considered the fun part of makeup, the ability to change a person’s face for the purpose of character or age, is a core skill of a media make up artist. This module will enable you to work with industry standard materials and techniques to produce accurate effects such as injuries, right through to adding texture and dirt as required for the film “Pirates of the Caribbean”, where breaking down with illustrator palettes was a daily routine.

Finally – don’t take our word for it! MAKUP graduate Jessica Southall won first place in both Makeup and Hair in the Fantasy – Star Wars – Category in the 2016 National Makeup Artists Competition. By adapting prosthetics that she made during training, Jessica created an amazing character (designing and making her own costume to create a complete look). The judges thought that the standard of her work and attention to detail was outstanding.

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