Casualty and Character

Casualty and Character Make-up


Our Casualty and Character make-up course introduces you to the range of techniques available to the make-up artist for changing a character’s appearance, whether for health, age, or even gender.

Definitely not for the squeamish!

What you will learn


In this intensive two week course, you will learn to research various casualty effects — using reference material — so that you can create bruises, scars, open wounds, stitched wounds, grazes, cuts, burns of all types (first to third degree), and different blood effects.

In addition, you will learn how to:

  • create dirt, sweat, and tears
  • maintain an effect for continuity over time
  • represent illness, spots, diseases, and track marks
  • show a character growing older for HD TV
  • use make-up effects to change a character’s gender

Across Film, TV, and Theatre, the make-up artist has a range of techniques to hand and in this course you will learn how to apply appropriate facial hair and stubble, for instance, in addition to special make-up techniques.

On the final day of the course each student will be assigned an individual and unique scenario in which their character will have been through various traumas. Students will research and prep for their project day and complete the look with the aim of the final make-up to be ‘camera ready’. 

Where you will learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on our Get in touch page or on the Ealing Studios site itself.)

In our spacious classrooms, you will have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio work experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Your next steps

There are only two requirements for entry to this course:

  • You must be at least 18 years old;
  • If English is not your first language, you must have a good standard of spoken English (equivalent to IELTS 6).

Check out the dates of the next course in the sidebar.

Then, please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email to discuss the course or to arrange an informal interview.

After a successful telephone interview, a deposit of 25% of the total course fee and a completed enrolment form will secure your place on the course. The remainder of the course fee is due before you start the course.

Find out more about fees, payment schedules, and possible funding opportunities in the Enrolment and Fees section of our FAQ.

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