Full Curriculum

Course Title: Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation
Duration: 7 weeks
Hours: 9.30 am – 5pm weekdays
Access to facilities until 7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

This curriculum broadly outlines how the course will be approached and its objective is to provide maximum content within the time frame. It is not definitive and may be subject to change, as flexibility is always maintained to ensure the best outcome for each group, and accommodate the personal aims of the individuals within it.

WEEK 1

DAY 1

  • Introduction
  • Tour of facilities and workshop
  • Rules, regulations health and safety
  • What do owe hope to achieve in the next 7 weeks?
  • One day project: creating and applying a simple prosthetic appliance

DAY 2

  • Sculpture class
  • Basic anatomy

DAY 3

  • Sculpture techniques, detailing and texturing

DAY 4

  • Life-casting demonstration
  • Conducting a life cast

DAY 5

  • Continuation of life-casting
  • Clean up and mounting life-casts

WEEK 2

DAY 1

  • Discussion of final projects
  • Moulding life-casts in silicone
  • Setting the casts in a base and preparing to pour a silicone master
  • Demonstration of a brush-on silicone technique and a silicone pour into a jacket mould

DAY 2

  • Moulding life-casts and producing positives in fibreglass, plaster & fast cast resin

DAY 3

  • Sculpting basic appliances – where to put edges and why, appropriate thicknesses

DAY 4

  • Sculpting basic appliances
  • Detailing and texturing, wrinkles

DAY 5

  • Moulding basic appliances - grounding up, cutting edges, release agents

WEEK 3

DAY 1

  • Casting appliances in foam latex and gelatine
  • Running foam – mixing and casting gelatine, pouring and injecting

DAY 2

  • Demonstration of prosthetic application
  • Studio work: Students apply made appliances

DAY 3

  • Making small appliances - quick procedures using fast casting techniques

DAY 4

  • Silicone gel appliances - demonstration in manufacture and application

DAY 5

  • Discussion of final projects for the following four weeks

WEEKS 4, 5 & 6

The format of these three weeks will be largely determined by the content and progress of the final projects. Some days will be split with demonstrations of specialist techniques and procedures or lectures by visiting practitioners in the morning, followed by work on final projects in the afternoon.

The following list shows examples of subjects that may be included in morning sessions, according to students’ requirements. These topics are examples only so may not be relevant to your group, and additions can be made if necessary:

  • Prosthetic design with computers
  • Flocking
  • Painting techniques
  • Basic animatronics
  • Blood FX
  • Bladder FX
  • Seaming and patching
  • Hair punching
  • Denture FX
  • Contact lenses
  • Fur replacement
  • Gore fabrication
  • Airbrushing

WEEK 7

DAY 1

  • Finishing final projects

DAY 2

  • Finishing final projects

DAY 3

  • Finishing final projects

DAY 4

  • Finishing, applying, video taping and photographing final projects

DAY 5

  • Final show of work and class critique
  • Photographing finished projects
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