162.5 Hours / 5 weeks FT, 8 weeks PT

Advanced Prosthetics Course Description

ADVANCED PROSTHETICS COURSEThe Advanced Prosthetics Course is designed for those who have a basic knowledge in prosthetic application and mold making. This course will challenge even the seasoned special makeup effects artist and push their talent to the next level. This 162.5 hour course incorporates daily projects and skill-building sessions, to encourage learning by practice through hands on repetition.

Students will learn advanced techniques that will prepare them for working as a professional in the Special Makeup Effects field and step into any makeup effects and prosthetic lab in the world with the confidence and skills to be behind or in front of the camera. Students will be given thorough instruction in the lab taking them through full head life-casting, design, sculpture, advanced molding techniques, formulation of foam latex, and application of a dual layered, multi piece, full head and neck prosthetic. In addition, students will learn how to create gel-filled platinum silicone appliances. As part of the course, students will be using all of their knowledge learned to create a fully developed prosthetic character which will be captured digitally in our photo studio for the student to use in his or her portfolio.

Upon successful completion, the student will be prepared to work as a lead special makeup effects artist. Fields requiring makeup artists with this type of training include, but are not limited to: makeup effects and prosthetic lab, prop maker, film & television production, theatre, freelance, Halloween haunted attractions, motion picture, video, amusement parks.


Course Outline

  • Theory – 15.5 hrs
    Orientation, policies and procedures, release forms, safety information, SFX kit inventory, tools and their uses, anatomy, SFX terms, SFX history, character design
  • Life Casting – 20 hrs
    How to create full head life casts and positives
  • Sculpting – 40 hrs
    Various sculpting techniques with attention to detailed texturing and flashing
  • Molding – 30 hrs
    Advanced molding techniques for multi piece prosthetics, floating for multi piece mold making, and differences in mold making for different materials used
  • Foam Latex – 20 hrs
    Students will learn to mix and measure foam for larger molds, as well as finishing processes to prepare foam latex appliances for application
  • Silicone – 17 hrs
    Learn about different types of silicones and their uses, will create gel filled platinum silicone appliances
  • Application – 20 hrs
    Learn proper application techniques for full head applications as well as silicone applications

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