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Special Make-up Effects 301: Lab Techniques

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This course is designed to provide instruction in the lab and formulation techniques that are required to create contemporary film and television make-up effects. Students will learn prosthetic application, with a focus on the details of prosthetic appliance development. The course takes students through all the phases of project conceptualization and prosthetic application, including design, sculpture, molding, formulation of foam latex and gelatin, as well as seaming, painting, and applying prosthetic pieces.

For class projects, students may create original prosthetics or may develop characters inspired by current film and television effects. As part of the course, students will be required to design and create a fully developed prosthetic character, which will be captured in a photo shoot.




Prosthetic Character Design Unit

  •  Properly explain content of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
  •  Design using overlaying and sketching for character development
  •  Understand the relationship of anatomy, sculpting and special effects.
  •  Understand undercuts.
  •  Identify and explain the uses of materials.
  •  Understand how to correct appliances.
  •  Understand foam latex prosthetic appliances.
  •  Understand gelatin prosthetic appliances.
  •  Understand Pros-Aide transfer prosthetic appliances.
  •  Understand silicone gel-filled prosthetic appliances.
  • Analyze a prosthetic character design, and determine advantages of an appliance material based upon certain conditions or criteria.
  •  Objectively evaluate a photographed prosthetic make-up using standardized criteria.
  •  Understand job opportunities.


Lifecasting Impressions and Positives Unit

  • Properly use of a platinum silicone life cast material.
  • Properly life cast a face.
  • Properly repair and correction of life cast.
  • Proper use of alginate life cast material.
  • Properly demonstrate life casting of the full head.
  • Create a White Hydrocal positive.
  • Properly correct undercuts on a White Hydrocal head and shoulder positive.
  • Create a fiberglass reinforced epoxy positive of a head and shoulder positive.


Prosthetic Construction Unit

  • Create an Ultracal-30 positive.
  • Knowledge of opening and cleaning positives for sculpting.
  • Understand sculpting techniques.
  • Sculpt small appliance
  • Sculpt with tools to blend edges and create texture.
  • Create a cutting edge and flashing
  • Sculpt large appliances and multiple piece characters
  • Sculpt a cowl
  • Create a retaining wall.
  • Create an Ultracal-30 negative mold
  • Separate an Ultracal-30 negative mold and clean-up.
  • Identify and explain the uses of project materials.

Cylinder Mold Unit

  • Create a urethane cylinder positive
  • Create a silicone negative mold.
  • Create a urethane cylinder negatives.


Negative Mold Making Unit

  • Create two piece negative molds.
  • Create fiberglass reinforced epoxy negatives.
  • Multiple Piece Overlapping


Prosthetic Appliances Unit

  • Analyze a sculpture and determine optimal sculpture thickness to cut and separate sculpture.
  • Separate a sculpture into multiple elements.
  • Use impression materials to produce multiple sculpture positives.
  • Employ sculpture and mold techniques to produce overlapping appliances that will recreate an intended prosthetic design.


Casting Prosthetic Appliances Unit

  • Prepare of negative molds for appliance materials.
  • Foam seaming, patching, and repair.
  • Make foam latex appliances.
  • Create gelatin appliances.
  • Make Pros-Aide transfer prosthetic appliances.
  • Create silicone gel-filled appliances.
  • Explain intrinsic and extrinsic color procedures.
  • Explain the use of vinyl encapsulation.
  • Make silicone gel-filled appliances.
  • Demonstrate silicone seaming, patching and repair.


Application and Analysis Unit

  • Apply foam latex and match colors.
  • Remove foam latex appliances.
  • Correct prosthetic appliances.
  • Pre-paint prosthetic appliances.
  • Paint a complete character.
  • Apply silicon GFA and match colors.
  • Remove silicone gel-filled appliances.




Please note this course is an advanced level course with prerquisites. Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete an individual course. Individual courses taken on a stand-alone basis are not accredited by ACCSC. In addition, students taking stand-alone courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid and some other services that are offered to students and graduates of larger programs. Please contact us for more information.