COS730 - Theatre Makeup

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Subject Title
Theatre Makeup

Subject Description
This subject is designed to allow the student to conduct character studies and to skillfully create and convey characters through the use of makeup. Topics include latex aging, facial hair and bald caps.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of working as a makeup artist on "Little Theatre" productions.

2. Add a third dimension to theatrical makeup applications.

3. Change the appearance of bone structure with the use of putty and waxes.

4. Simulate aging using rubber latex and body painting.

5. Apply beards and mustaches, feminize the male facial structure and apply stage gore.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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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.

Glamour Makeup (COS710), Fashion Makeup (COS715) and Character Makeup (COS720)

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite course (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite course) 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 program requirements. Packages are available from the Continuing Education Office.

Topic Outline
    Working with waxes
    Aging with latex
    Aging with latex and tissue
    Latex and cotton
    Male to female
    Body painting
    Crepe hair
    Latex bald  cap-making
    Latex bald cap - application
    Bruises and cuts

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, practical applications 

Prescribed Texts
Stage Makeup; Richard Corson 

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Scissors   Hair Gel - Alcohol Free
Hair Dryer   Liquid Blood
Sponges   Fresh Scabs
Soap   Wax
Containers for latex - disposable  Petroleum Jelly
Tube of KY Jelly   Palette Knife
Comb - wide tooth & fine tooth   Liquid Latex
Spirit Gum  Duo Adhesive
Adhesive Remover
1 Yd. Wool Crepe Hair
Transp. Trans. Powder   Sealor

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 subject 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:
  Noses  5%
Change Male to Female Makeup  5%
Body Painting  15%
Beards & Mustaches  5%
Character Analysis Project  40%
Examination - Written  10%
Examination - Practical   20%

Please Note:
Late projects will not be accepted for marking.  All homework is to be completed before class time.


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