wound makeup application on prosthetics courses


Get to grips with the art of character make-up, special effects and prosthetic application with our introductory industry course. Designed to teach the high industry standards required by today’s media industry, this course will go through the vital skills you need to create a range of different special effect looks, including wounds and aging techniques.

The course will teach you how to create realistic wounds, bruising, burns, skin diseases and scars using the most current industry materials including pro-bondo and sculpt gel, as well as important industry health and safety guidelines. You will get hands-on experience applying silicone and gelatine wounds, and creating 3D on skin effects using silicon and prosthetics. Throughout this 2 week course you will be able to view all your work on a monitor under studio lighting conditions, and you will be assessed on all skills, from application techniques to creativity.

At the end of this short course you will have learnt the basic professional techniques to successfully work on TV, film and theatre special effects projects. You will also have gained experience working with various industry prosthetic materials and using a variety of different character make-up techniques.

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ 

Course Payment: A 20% deposit is required to secure a place on any make-up course with the full balance due 6 weeks prior to the course start date. We have several options to help fund your make-up course including interest free payment plans, bursaries and loans.

Please note that we regrettably have limited places for this course, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment.


  • Character, SFX and Prosthetic Application

    This course will take place over 2 weeks.

    • Introduction to character work; ageing techniques and casualty effects
    • Health and safety for prosthetics and special effects (SFX)
    • Creation of wounds and scars using a variety of industry materials
    • Hands-on practice with pro-bondo, silicone guns and sculpt gel
    • Creation of bruising, burns and skin diseases
    • Application of silicone and gelatine wounds
    • Formation of eye swelling and black eye bruising make-up and prosthetics
    • Further techniques for creation of skin disease effects


    Please note we may occasionally change advertised tutors or vary the content of the course to suit the demands of the industry.

Course Tutors

Our fantastic course tutors have a huge passion for their job, and they have amassed years of experience working with the latest products and techniques used in today’s industry. Our tutors regularly work in the TV, film and fashion industry, and you will be learning from them in the friendly, informal atmosphere of our practical, hands-on training workshops. As we’re based at Pinewood Studios, our studios are right in the heart of the UK’s film industry, so there really is no better place to immerse yourself in the craft.

All our class demonstrations are projected onto an HD screen, allowing every student to have a close-up view of the action. Students are encouraged to practice all the new techniques they learn with our tutors, who will then view & assess their finished work on an HD screen under studio lighting conditions. Our tutors will then provide constructive feedback on each completed task to help students learn and improve their skills.

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All the tools, make-up and materials needed to complete this course will be provided during each lesson. Professional make-up kits can be purchased from us if you would prefer to have your own kit, but this is not a requirement.

Starting your professional career as a qualified make-up and hair artist

At The Iver Make-up Academy, you don’t just benefit from the best tutors in the industry; our placement agency helps students find real industry work experience and placements once they have finished their chosen course. Your placements will be relevant to the skills you have learned. This is a free service that is available to all graduates of our courses.

Visit our aftercare page for more information on the ways we can help students find vital hands-on industry experience.

2 weeks tuition

Learn how to create and apply wounds, burns, scars, ageing and many other make-up effects in our introduction to character make-up and special effects makeup course.

Start: Feb 04 2019

Start: May 27 2019

Start: Sep 30 2019

Tuition & Dates


Feb 04 2019 - Feb 15 2019  

Monday - Friday

May 27 2019 - Jun 07 2019  

Monday - Friday

Sep 30 2019 - Oct 11 2019  

Monday - Friday



inc. VAT

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