Casualty and Character SFX Make-up

Course type

Short Course


5 days

Our Casualty and Character make-up course introduces you to the range of techniques available to the make-up artist for changing a character’s appearance, whether for health, age, or even gender.

Definitely not for the squeamish!

Where you will learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (

In our spacious classrooms, you will have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio work experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.


Course content

In this intensive two week course, you will learn to research various casualty effects — using reference material — so that you can create bruises, scars, open wounds, stitched wounds, grazes, cuts, burns of all types (first to third degree), and different blood effects.

In addition, you will learn how to:

create dirt, sweat, and tears
maintain an effect for continuity over time
represent illness, spots, diseases, and track marks
show a character growing older for HD TV
use make-up effects to change a character’s gender
Across Film, TV, and Theatre, the make-up artist has a range of techniques to hand and in this course you will learn how to apply appropriate facial hair and stubble, for instance, in addition to special make-up techniques.

On the final day of the course each student will be assigned an individual and unique scenario in which their character will have been through various traumas. Students will research and prep for their project day and complete the look with the aim of the final make-up to be ‘camera ready’.

Who it's for

This is an open course designed for people who have not yet done SFX make-up for Casualty and Character looks. The course is ideal for people who want to go into the film & TV industry or have make-up skills in other areas and wish to add to their CV. 

HETV working group endorsed

This course has been endorsed by the high-end TV working groups, supporting the continued professional development of the high-end TV industry and crew.

Bursaries available

There are ScreenSkills bursaries available to cover some or all of the costs of this course - including travel, accommodation, subsistence, care or disability access support to attend this course. To find out more about the support you may be eligible for, click the button below:

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Contact information

Contact name

Leda Shawyer


+44 (0) 20 8579 9511

Training provider

Casualty and Character SFX Make-up

Delamar Academy

Delamar Academy London Creating the best make-up careers since 1986

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