Makeup Design for Film + Television
Gain hands-on experience in the world of production makeup.
You are committed to the art of makeup for film and television. You’re obsessed with the hands-on aspect of the craft. Your creative process begins with a script – and where other people might simply see monsters or beauty queens, your artist’s gaze and detail-oriented design will culminate in a meticulous execution that gets you hired over and over again. You will continue to refine your technique on set or in the lab, and work with other passionate professionals who value your singular vision and dedication to shaping audience experiences. You are a Makeup Artist.
BASICS, BEAUTY + BEYOND: Learn the fundamentals of beauty makeup, while building a solid understanding of products, colour theory, and facial anatomy.
GLAMOUR + OUT-OF-KIT FX: Recreate classic decade looks and adapt them for contemporary application. Explore hair-styling, out-of-kit effects, and alternative glamour.
CHARACTER TECHNIQUES: Learn to define character through hair-laying, wig application, bald caps, advanced airbrushing, and age makeup.
3D MAKEUP TECHNIQUES: Pour yourself into life-casts, sculpting, and mold-making, to create three-dimensional prosthetics.
ADVANCED CHARACTER CREATION: Fabricate full-head masks. Create, apply and paint foam latex appliances, and master ventilated hair pieces and human-hair, lace-front wigs.
FINAL PROJECTS + PORTFOLIOS: Focus on your final portfolio project, and prepare for your career as a Makeup Artist by covering the fundamentals of résumé building and union standards.
Our Makeup instructors come right from the industry, and offer an unparalleled education based on decades of real-world experience, designed to give students the skills, contacts and confidence to kick start their careers.
As a Makeup Design student, you'll spend your year at our three makeup campuses (including a fully equipped FX lab for fabrication). You'll have access to the campuses, Resource Centre, and computer labs after school and on weekends for additional practice time or outside projects.
As a VFS Makeup Design for Film + Television graduate, you’ll be highly qualified to perform in a variety of roles on professional film sets, fabrication studios, and live event environments.
As a professional Production Makeup Artist, you’ll work on films as they are in production. You’ll do script breakdowns, source materials needed for the show, and apply makeup to the actors in the makeup trailer and on set. You’ll need to have a broad range of skill sets.
When you work in the more specialized field of FX Lab or Shop Artists, you’ll work on large scale projects (prosthetics creation, prop creation, etc.) that cannot be handled on set. This includes face casting, sculpting and mold making.
Working as a Freelance Makeup Artist will offer you the most variety in your career. Yo can work on set, at photo shoots, live performances, and weddings. You have to be able to do everything and be ready to go where the work is.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the film and television Makeup industry. Take a moment to browse some of their accomplishments and achievements. The Alumni Success Stories feature tales of triumph and fame, and will open in another window to take you to the VFS Blog page. Grad Career Highlights offers a glimpse at some of our amazing alumni credits and contributions to the industry.
Included in your tuition is a comprehensive makeup kit, worth thousands of dollars, containing products that are specific to the film and television industries—this means they are generally more concentrated, and with considerably more pigment. As a result, they are longer wearing, better for the wearer's skin, and conform to the technically exacting criteria set by advanced lens-based technologies.
In addition to your makeup kit, you will also have access to everything you need during your year to create an extensive variety of makeups and makeup effects, such as curling tongs and ovens, gelatine, hair lace and needles, human hair, mold-making cements and silicones, platinum-cure prosthetic-grade silicones, polyester resins, airbrushes and compressors, wig and beard forms, sculpting maquettes, assorted paints, dental acrylics, quality four-part foam latex kits, slip-casting latex rubber and urethanes.
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Courses start every four months.
You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
Send us a letter, along with your portfolio, that shows your dedication to Makeup Design. We’re looking people with talent and a single-minded passion. Tell us about your background, your potential, and what’s driving you to become a Makeup Artist. You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.
We’re here to help you submit an application that best reflects your abilities, and gives you the best chance of being accepted. We've helped thousands of people complete a successful year at VFS by answering questions like these: