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Special Effects (FX) Makeup Level 1

Discover the interesting and intricate world of special effects make-up with this starter course. Special effects make-up can be seen on many TV programmes and films, on stage productions and even at themed conventions. You can use the techniques learnt within this course to either slightly or completely change someone’s appearance, from subtle ageing to changing someone into a horrifying zombie.

What Will I Learn?

The course kicks off by covering a number of basic special effects make-up techniques, such as how to create old and fresh scars to a slit throat. You’ll then move on to learning what it takes to transform someone into a blood-covered zombie! The course then comes to a close with tutorials on how to create the illusion of ageing using prosthetics or just make-up.

Who Is The Course For?

Anyone with a passion for special effects make-up can embark on this journey as there are no entry requirements, however the skills and techniques shown throughout could be valuable to even a practised make-up artist. The flexibility of the course means it’s accessible no matter what your commitments are. You can access the fascinating and instructive videos on any internet enabled device at any time you like - there’s no timetable to stick to so you can work your way through the course at your own pace.

  • Key Learning Points

    • Learn how to apply and how to remove a bald cap.
    • Discover the techniques used in creating fantasy editorial make-up.
    • See how to remove the bald cap and make-up applied.
    • Look at the steps involved to create feminine skull make-up.
    • Learn how to create masculine skull make-up.
    • See how to deal with tattoo cover-ups using make-up and airbrushing.
    • Look at creating animal make-up, starting with the eyes then working on the lips, neck and shoulders.
    • Work through an introduction to casualty make-up.
    • Look at the application of prosthetics used when creating casualty make-up.
    • Learn about the different layers of painting used when generating casualty makeup.
    • Discover the correct methods of removal.
  • Advantages of this Course

    • Discover a great new skill with this ideal starter course.
    • Develop skills that could lead to an exciting new career in special effects make-up.
    • Use the techniques for your own enjoyment – at special events, themed parties or conventions.
    • Enjoy the personal one on one feel of the instructional videos.
    • The fantastic video content shows all the different processes up close for easier learning.
    • Follow-on part two course is available for further development of your skills.
    • Enjoy the freedom to study the course from any internet-enabled device at a time that suits you.
    • Relax knowing that, on sign up, you have a full year of access to the course.
    • Should you need help there is always technical support available.
  • Units of Study

    • Special FX 1
    • Zombie FX
    • Aging FX
  • Compatibility

    Course Code
    Online Course
    Course Access
    1 Year
    Exams Included

    System requirement

    1 gigahertz (GHz)
    1 GB
    Operating Systems
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows 10
    Mac OS
    Internet Explorer 8 or above
    Google Chrome
    Safari 6 or above
    Mozilla Firefox


    • Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android
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