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Summer 2024: Special Effects Makeup for Film & TV

Venue: Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury

Deadline to apply: 05/08/2024

Dates: This workshop will run for three days from Wednesday 7th August until Friday 9th August 2024. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.

Workshop Information

Course outline

Prosthetic makeup is the art of applying pieces of rubber to the face and body to help transform the actor fully into a character. Whether it be for simple wounds and injuries, replicating a historical figure, or creating an entirely new alien species, prosthetics are used widely in the film and television industry.

In this course you will learn the foundations in how to apply silicone prosthetics. You will learn what prosthetics are, the different ways they are used within makeup and within the film industry, and the key skills required to paint and apply simple silicone prosthetics safely and effectively for a film context.


Disclaimer: In this workshop we will be working with some blood and gore prosthetic looks and there will be real medical images used as reference. This workshop may not be suitable for the particularly squeamish.


Meet the Tutor

This course will be run by Creative Dimension Trust tutor Kiera Mayhew.

Kiera has worked in the film and television industry as a prosthetic makeup artist for 5 years and has worked under productions companies such as Marvel, Disney, Netflix, BBC and Miramax. Some of her most recent projects include: ‘The Beekeeper’ (2024), ‘Antman and The Wasp: Quantomania’ (2023) and ‘The Witcher 3’ (2023). She also runs an Etsy shop where she makes and sells her own prosthetics.



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish at approximately 4pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

To take part in the course you must have a creative outlook and be interested in sewing or craftwork and have some experience in working with your hands. The career path for this type of work will include interior design, soft furnishings, upholstery, fashion , historical furnishings and restoration. In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 16 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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