COS720 - Character Makeup

Outline info
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Subject Title
Character Makeup

Subject Description
Makeup application for the theatre requires a knowledge of the proper use of colours and the particular effects that lighting has on colour. Students learn to design makeup for various distance ranges in production work. Students must purchase some supplies.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Special Effects Makeup Artistry Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss specialized products used in theatrical makeup.

2. Read a script, analyze the characters and design the required makeup.

3. Assess the impact of theatrical lighting on makeup.

4. Design and apply character makeup.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

COS710 - Glamour Makeup and COS 715 - Fashion Makeup

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you will be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and /or financial penalty.

Students should consult the Program Information Package each semester to ensure they have current information regarding requirements. Packages are available from the Faculty of Continuing Education office. 

Topic Outline
- Stage lighting
- Character analysis
- Theatre straight
- Middle age
- Spirit gum and removers
- Character / personality
- Glue-on makeup
- Theatre aging makeup
- Geisha makeup
- Clown makeup
- Famous person makeup
- Animal makeup
- Makeup based on a painting

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, hands-on practice. 

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Basic Makeup kit from COS710 and COS715
Spirit Gum
Drawing Pastels (Soft not Oil, in Skin Tones and Primary Colours)
Krylon Spray
Stipple Sponge
24 Bright Greasepaint or Waterbased Palette
Spirit Gum Remover or 99% alcohol

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50% to 54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in the Seneca College Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a course in order to earn a passing grade. Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic policy, available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Personality  10%
Glue-on makeup 20%
Famous Person makeup 15%
Animal makeup 15%
Painting makeup 10%
Final Exam - Written 10%
Final Exam - Practical 20%
Total 100%

Please Note:
Late projects will NOT be accepted for marking.
All homework is to be completed before class time.
Due to the nature of this course, attendance in all classes is mandatory in order to achieve the learning
outcomes.  Any absences must be supported by a doctor's note or a  legal document, within one week.
Any student who fails to attend more than 2 three hour classes or 1 six hour class will not pass this subject.
No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30%
of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

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Approved by: Lisa Somers