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.  Students will be required to bring a live model for thress of the assignments and for the practical exam.

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.

Makeup Basics (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
Available in evening classes - 7 Week Lecture Schedule:   

-  Introduction
-  Working with waxes
-  Wax
-  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

** A detailed weekly addendum with due dates will be posted on Blackboard**

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical applications in class.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to supply the following:

Basic Make-up Kit - COS710, COS715 and COS720
Big Towel
Combs - Wide Tooth and Fine Tooth
Containers for latex - Disposable
Flat Iron or Kettle
Hair Dryer  
Palette Knife
Red Head (Supplied for in class use)
Red Stipple Sponge
Scissors - For Hair
Sponges (Pillow Foam)

Adhesive Remover
Castor Oil
Duo Adhesive
Flexible Sealer
Fresh Scabs
Grease or Water based Makeup:  Blood / Burn Tones
Grease or Water based Make-up: Bruise Tones
Hair Gel - Alcohol Free
KY Jelly - Tube
Liquid Blood
Liquid Latex
Petroleum Jelly
Spirit Gum
Translucent Powder - Transparent
Wool Crepe Hair - 1yd: 4 shades

** Students are required to have all their tools and products for the first class**

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:

# Project Description Value
1 Noses 5%
2 Change Male to Female Make-up 5%
3 Body Painting 15%
4 Beards & Mustaches 5%
5 Character Analysis Project 40%
6 Examination - Written 10%
7 Examination - Practical 20%

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 the 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. 

**Please retain this document for future educational / employment use.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield