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TV, Theatrical & SFX

Character | Drag | Cuts | Death

Course Information

SFX Course GlamCandy
Fiona Wilson, Edinburgh - Image published in GlamCandy Magazine
What will I learn on this course?

// Drag queen
// Theatrical ageing
// Character design
// Film and TV ageing
// Bruising
// Burns (1st, 2nd & 3rd degree)
// Cuts, gashes & grazes
// Broken bones
// Birth marks, lumps & scars
// Death discolouration
// Introduction to Prosthetics

Will I be given homework?

Yes, every week you will be given homework tasks to complete before your next lesson.

How long does the course last for?

5 weeks – 1 day per week (weekends)

5 days – Monday to Friday

2 Evenings per week for 5 weeks (weekdays)

What are the course times?

10am – 5pm
Occasionally lesson can run over, if you need to leave early for any reason please make your tutor aware at the beginning of the session.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are carried out on the final day of your course. You are graded on your ability to understand a brief through to applying makeup. Students are then graded on each facial area and then given an overall mark.

On the unfortunate event of a student failing we will provide feedback on areas which the student will need to practice on and then will be invited back to resit the assessment.

Will I get a certificate?

On achieving a pass grade you will receive a GlamCandy completion certificate accredited from insurance company ABT. All our students receive 10% discount when purchasing public liability insurance for makeup artists.

Students must complete the whole course to gain a certificate. If a day is missed due to absence the student must complete this day at a later date to receive certificate.

Is there a photoshoot?

On the final day of your course you will be invited to take part in a professional photoshoot. These photos should be used towards your portfolio and help you promote yourself as makeup artist and gain work in TV and theatre industry. It is important for all makeup artists to have evidence and professional pictures of their work.

Do I need to buy a makeup kit for my course?

No, you will have access to our school kit.

Will I receive a kit from GlamCandy?

Yes, you will receive various tools for your kit such as a professional makeup brush set and metal spatula & palette etc

Who are the best Special FX brands to buy products from?
What is a pro card?

Pro Card’s are exclusively for make-up artists who have attended beauty / makeup school and meet a required criteria. When a valid membership is presented in store or online students can obtain a product discount up to 20% off products. Each cosmetics house has a different application criteria and you must apply to each individually.

Professional makeup artists can receive up to 40% off cosmetics as some brands. Generally they must prove they are professional by submitting evidence in the form of a tear sheet from a magazine which includes their personal credits.

Can I purchase a kit from GlamCandy?

Yes, we have a variety of different kit options available to purchase before or during.  We only sell premium products in our kits such as Illamasqua, GlamCandy & Caudalie.

What products are in the school for me to use?

All students will have use of our school products throughout the duration of your course. We mainly use Illamasqua however we use a variety of products from brands such as MacIllamasquaMakeup ForeverNarsBobbi Brown and Kryolan.

The products which are used vary in each of or school locations.

GlamCandy Special FX Makeup
Morgan Duthart, Glasgow - Image published in GlamCandy Magazine
SFX Makeup Course GlamCandy Edinburgh
Heather Knight, Edinburgh
Do I need previous experience?

No. A keen interest in makeup is desirable.

Do I need to bring in a model to class?

No, you will work on your fellow students in pairs, please come to class prepared to have your makeup removed and redone.

What is the dress code?

All black with comfortable footwear.

Where is my nearest School?

Schools North

The Galleria, Langstane Place
Aberdeen, AB11 6FB
9 Bruce Street,
Dunfermline, KY12 7AR
32 Kenneth Street
Inverness, IV3 5DP
16 William Street
Edinburgh, EH14 5RD
208 West George Street
Glasgow, G2 2PQ

Schools South

11 Blenheim Street
Mayfair, London, W1S 1LL
0131 225 6478
18 Ship Street, Brighton
East Sussex, BN1 1AD
Are there finance options available?


What finance options are available?

You can either choose to pay your course in full or choose one of our flexible payment plans.

We offer weekly / monthly plans which are paid by Direct Debit. The amount you pay can be from as little as £100 per month depending on the course start date. All course fees must be paid prior to your course starting.

A typical payment plan example is as follows;

Course cost £1,200
£200 Deposit payment = £1,000 remaining

12 x monthly payments = £83Financial Conduct Authority
10 x monthly payments = £100
5 x monthly payments = £200
3 x monthly payments = £333
2 x monthly payments = £500

GlamCandy are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What is the cost of this course?

The full course costs £1200.

This includes all training, booklets and basic artistry tools.

Skills Development Scotland Funding Information

You must be resident in Scotland
You have been made redundant or currently at risk of redundancy from the Oil and Gas Sector or its’ supply chain

You have worked in the Oil and Gas sector or the supply chain as an employee or contractor

You must be able to show that the training will help you get a new job

You must be actively seeking employment

You have not committed to, or undergone, the course of training you’re looking for funding for

Is a scholarship available on this course?

GlamCandy offers scholarships to support a student’s education. Today, our scholarships open doors for students from families with additional needs, by providing financial aid for those who need it most. Scholarships are not available on  our Bridal Makeup Course. Scholarships are only available on our Introduction to Makeup Artistry Course.

SFX Makeup Course Edinburgh
Pro FX, GlamCandy Student Team
GlamCandy Makeup Academy SFX Course
Tanisha Leeson, Edinburgh - Image published in GlamCandy Magazine
Will I get employment after the course?

Many of our students are placed on work placement on completion of their course. Students may also be invited to work shadow our artists in our shops, we tend to invite our students to work with us on periods such as Comic Con or Halloween. We are asked regularly for students to work on short films, shows or theatrical productions.

What type of jobs can I get on completion?

On completion of this course you can gain employment working in TV, film, theatre or other production work as a Special Effects Makeup artist.

Student Testimonial

After working as a care assistant for nearly 8 years I decided it was time to change my career, I wasn’t sure what to do until my friends started encouraging me to do makeup. I searched the internet for weeks checking out different courses in my area, college wasn’t an option as I have two young children and childcare is very pricey. I came across the GlamCandy website and instantly fell in love with them. I ended up booking 5 courses and landed myself a wonderful job.

When I first began working with makeup I had zero confidence and now I’m getting more confident by the day. I’m so grateful to GlamCandy for giving me this amazing opportunity to work with them.

Calleigh, GlamCandy Student

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