Special Effects Makeup Artist Program

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  • Contact Hours: 700
  • Duration: 20 Weeks
  • Meets: Monday-Friday 9-5 PM
  • Total Cost: $21,050
    • Registration Fee: $100
    • Tuition: $17,500
    • Kit & Materials: $3,450
  • Award: Diploma

The Special Effects Makeup Artist program is limited to 10 students per session. Early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites- suitable for beginners to intermediate students.

Includes Special Effects Makeup Kit & Materials needed for class

The mission of the AMUA Special Effects Makeup Artist Program is to educate the next
generation of special effects makeup professionals to excel in the creative artists industry. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, students will build practical and conceptual knowledge of the techniques and procedures required to compose, create, apply, and finish industry standard prosthetic-based human character designs for the print, stage, and motion picture industries.

Beginning with an introductory visual history, lectures will continue to explore industry standard applications, while labs will instruct on specific techniques and materials that students will individually apply. Each assignment builds upon the previous in order to establish an interconnected understanding of material and technical standards. All students are required to design and execute on an end-of-term capstone project, supervised by instructors. The capstone offers multiple opportunities for advanced make-up design instruction.

  • Bald cap construction and application
  • Life casting: 3/4 and full head
  • Sculpting techniques
  • Mold making
  • 3D Transfers
  • Encapsulated silicone
  • Teeth and dentures
  • Airbrush techniques
  • Foam latex appliances
  • Multi-piece appliance make ups
  • Character prosthetic make ups
  • Film script breakdown


  • January 9 – May 26 – Closed
  • August 1 – December 19 – 6 Seats Remaining


  • January 8 – May 25 – 9 Seats Remaining
  • August 1 – December 21

Last updated 7/10/17

Ben Rittenhouse

Ben Rittenhouse is an Emmy Award winning makeup artist (The Pacific, 2010). Ben specializes in special effects makeup, prop making, prosthetics and has cultivated a successful and tenured career in the entertainment industry. Some of his recent projects include: Star Trek, Hunger Games, Avatar, Anchorman, Hangover 3, CSI, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, Kill Bill: Vol 1&2, Hulk, RIPD, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mist, Hostel, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hills Have Eyes, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Sin City.