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THEA 1660

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Makeup For The Stage   
Prerequisite(s)   None Specified   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course is a practical exposure for students to Makeup Design and Application for the Stage. In this course, students will learn techniques in 2 dimensional makeup, skin care for performers, hair and wig concerns as well as touching upon 3 dimensional makeup.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course students will:
  1. Learn techniques for applying makeup.
  2. Learn to analyze and enhance character and design a cohesive look in makeup.
  3. Learn proper skin care when subjected to the rigors of frequent application of stage makeup.
  4. Experience techniques in hair manipulation and appliances (wigs, false moustaches et. al.).
  5. Experience techniques in creating 3 dimensional makeup including fabrication of latex appliances and changing facial features with putty.
General Education Outcomes   
  1. Familiarize students with products, tools and techniques used in Stage Makeup including bone structure, application, blending, cream versus dry, shadow and highlight.
  2. Familiarize students with Makeup as a design element for Character.
  3. Instill in students the need to take care of their skin when subjecting it to repeated application of stage makeup.
  4. Familiarize students with the differences in applying makeup to oneself and to another person.
  5. Open students to knowledge of hair manipulation, proper use of wigs and other hair appliances as well as 3 dimensional makeup techniques.
Course Content   
  1. Practical application of products, tools, and techniques for 2 dimensional stage makeup styles including Basic Corrective, Old Age, Stout, Lean, Scar and Wounds, Animal, Fantastic and others.
  2. Practical experience with skin care for the performer using makeup on a regular basis including products and procedures for keeping their skin healthy.
  3. Practical experience with Character Analysis and Design for Makeup.
  4. Practical exposure to hair and wig techniques and products including full wigs, bald pate, false moustaches/beards, eyebrows et. al.
  5. Practical exposure to 3 dimensional makeup techniques including creation of latex appliances, putty, soap, collodion for scars and other materials.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

The majority of the final grade for this class is based on project work. Makeup is best learned through application so students will be expected to complete several full projects over the semester, each being evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Completion: The project is completed during the allotted time.
  2. Precision: Obvious care has been takes in executing the project as detailed, no sloppy work.
  3. Creativity: Where appropriate, points will be awarded for a student stretching their abilities in creative ways such as in Fantastic makeup projects.
  4. Proper use of materials: Students must use the materials specified to maintain the health of their skin. Experimentation with unknown products is strongly discouraged. The remainder of the final grade will be determined by students participation in projects, their willingness to try new techniques and ask pertinent questions about them.


Much character is enhanced through proper use of makeup. Whether it is as broad as a full transformation such as the performers from Cats or as simple as subtle aging of an actor, all performers and many technicians will benefit from knowledge of Stage Makeup. Along with this, actors need to know the ramifications of using makeup regularly in concerns for the health of their skin. Having that knowledge and these skills are essential for the working professional. Furthermore, most 4 year programs often require a class in Stage Makeup at the Freshman of Sophomore level so by having such a class in the students program gains them a better chance at transfer.

Project work in this course will provide further material for students’ portfolios in technical areas. Examples of makeup execution make for great portfolio displays. Successful completion of these projects will enhance a student’s chances to gain employment in the field and/or transfer to a four-year institution for further training.

Along with that work, Students successfully completing this course will learn a skill set that will serve them throughout their professional careers. In the short term, they will be able to confidently add those skills to their resumés, making them more attractive to the profession and four-year academic programs.


Photographic documentation of student work will be kept in digital format for future reference and shared with the students for their portfolios. This documentation may be used as reference for future classes and promotion for the program. These findings can also be used in yearly review to determine the course’s effectiveness and support possible plans for improvement.

Last Revised: Jun. 09, 2011
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