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Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props

Tuition fee CA$25,059 per program

The fee is for the 2022–2023 academic year and includes tuition (CA$18,360), health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees displayed are estimates only for three semesters and are subject to change.

Registration fee CA$400 one-time

The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$100) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).

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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

This 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.

Career opportunities

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
Apply Now! January 2025
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Jan 2, 2025
Apply Now! January 2025
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Jan 2, 2025