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2024-2025 Catalog 
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THE 222 - Stage Make-Up

Credits: 3
1 Lecture Hours 3 Studio Hours

In this course, students focus on the principles of corrective and character makeup through hands-on practice application in a laboratory. They gain experience applying makeup for stage productions during the semester. Students learn techniques for transforming appearance and hone skills like aging, wounds and stylization needed for theatre, film and entertainment.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Outline the principles of stage makeup.
  2. Explain the theories of stage makeup.
  3. Identify the elements of facial anatomy.
  4. Apply specialized makeup techniques to acheive special effects.
  5. Interpret makeup application in film and television.
  6. Apply makeup to modify and transform facial features as needed for corrective or character purposes.
  7. Apply makeup to establish age, character and disfigurement.
  8. Demonstrate the impact of color.
  9. Produce a variety of makeup designs.


 Listed Topics

  1. Elements of facial anatomy
  2. Light and shade
  3. Flat, curved, hard and soft edges
  4. Drawing with highlights and shadows
  5. Color in pigment
  6. Characteristics of color
  7. Color mixing and organizing
  8. Color tables
  9. Lighting and makeup
  10. Color in light
  11. Light on pigment
  12. Planning and application of makeup
  13. Character study
  14. Elements of design
  15. Types of makeup
  16. Stippling
  17. Modeling with makeup
  18. Three dimensional makeup
  19. Beards and mustaches
Reference Materials
Textbook, visual media, makeup, prosthetics
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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