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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props

  • ID:SC010070
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

  • Postsecondary diploma or degree


  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience

Students are expected to have computer literacy skills prior to admission (Microsoft Windows, image editing software, web page tools).

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 88 (21L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 570 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 88 (21L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.9

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6.5 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 60 – Overall Minimum Score (57L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English: First), 176 – Cambridge English Scale or FCE A

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 – Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency), 200 – Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 75%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.5 – Listening Band 4.5 – Reading Combined Band CLB 8 - Writing

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and/or demonstrated competence through related work experience.

  • In some cases, applicants may be required to submit a Letter of Intent, Letter of Employment and portfolio that illustrates the applicant's suitability for a career in the field of advanced special effects makeup, prosthetics and props.

Course Information

Prepare to begin a career in the highly specialized field of advanced special effects makeup.

Classes to prepare you for your career

You'll earn your graduate certificate through classes that involve:

  • Researching styles, trends and new developments within the industry.

  • Developing two-dimensional special effects concepts and work-ups of what they might look like complete.

  • Using specialized products and equipment to animate, sculpt, create, cast and mold your creations.

Professors who know the business

Because classes are small, you'll receive lots of personal support from your professors who are themselves highly experienced in the field. Most are still active in special effects makeup. Through your study you'll also be introduced to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union representing the profession.

Practical, hands-on experience

During the summer following the first two semesters, you'll participate in a field placement where you can use your newly acquired special effects makeup skills in a professional setting. This invaluable work experience and exposure to professionals in the field can be a springboard for employment.

Additional information

Our program is one of the few programs of its kind in North America and the only one in the Ontario college system. Coursework was developed specifically to meet the needs of employers such as museums, amusement parks, exhibitors and the entertainment industry.

Through intensive lab experiences that simulate industry settings, you'll gain solid knowledge in casting, molding, sculpting and developing prosthetics, props and animatronics.

Classes include both classroom theory and extensive hands-on lab work. Guest industry speakers regularly visit class, providing excellent networking opportunities.

The Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props program is located at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate product knowledge and skills into the development of special effects advanced makeup.

  • Apply a variety of calculations and formulae with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions, within the context of the craft.

  • Conform to established industry hierarchy, established protocols, unique professional etiquette and adherence to the role boundaries of the special effects makeup artist for success in the industry.

  • Modify special effects, makeup effects and image manipulation using computer technology.

  • Create special effects prosthetics and puppetry that incorporate a basic understanding of mechanics and engineering.

  • Conduct extensive research to inform the development of special effects advanced makeup in a variety of venues.

  • Manage a successful special effects advanced makeup project from concept to completion.

  • Maintain a safe, sanitary and professional environment required through adherence to industry-specific guidelines and requirements, and acquisition and application of appropriate related credentials.

  • Generate viable solutions to unexpected situations and challenges unique to the field of special effects advanced makeup through creative and critical thinking and effective problem solving.

  • Engage in effective self-promotion and marketing activities, using appropriate presentation and communication skills.

  • Accommodate the unique and dynamic nature of the work in the field of special effects advanced makeup by refining one’s personal and professional work process and self-management skills.

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Semester 1


  • COSM 56048, Molding and Casting for the Special Effects Artist, 3

  • COSM 55586, Makeup Application & Facial Prosthetics, 3

  • COSM 58081, Conceptual Processes , 3

  • COSM 50009, Advanced Special Effects Makeup: Product Knowledge and Safety Solutions, 3

  • COSM 55436   , Sculpting & Anatomy, 3

  • TOTAL:, 15

Semester 2


  • COSM 55288, Animatronics for the Special Effects Artist, 3

  • COSM 58634, Advanced Prosthetics, 3

  • COSM 51975, Industry Culture: Crisis, Conformity and Change in Advanced Special Effects and Makeup, 3

  • COSM 56859, Prop Production for the Special Effects Artist, 3

  • APPL 58823, Digital Applications for Advanced Special Effects Makeup, 3

  • COSM 57545      , Puppetry for the Special Effects Artist, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 3


  • COSM 59798, Project Production, 3

  • COSM 57198, Professional Design Solutions: Marketing, Promotion and Personal Development, 3

  • FLPL 55436, Field Placement and Seminar, 6

  • TOTAL:, 12

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you complete your one-year graduate certificate program, you’ll be ready to take a position in museums, theme parks, special events marketing companies, and film and television.

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Junior Prop or FX Technician

  • Special Effects Makeup Artist

  • SPFX Artist/Assistant

  • SPFX Technician Coordinator

  • Prosthetic Technician

  • Independent Entrepreneur – Freelance Artist or Technician

  • Exhibit Designer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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