Become a Highly-Competent FX Makeup Artist

Become a Professional FX Makeup Artist 

Special FX Makeup Diploma Program

At Artists Within, we know the importance of having a diverse portfolio and large range of skills to offer when applying for jobs in the hair and makeup industry. Our vast experience with advanced makeup, hair design, and fashion styling has enabled us to develop a special FX makeup program that will increase your employment opportunities. With attention being given to every detail of our special FX makeup program, our goal to make you a talented, industry-ready special FX artist.

Since 2003, Artists Within has been an accredited in-person academy. We are the only academy that offers fully accredited hair, makeup, and fashion styling diploma programs, as well as the only makeup artist academy to offer government sponsored student loan assistance and ITEC certification.

Take Your Skills to the Next Level with an FX Makeup Diploma

Why Choose Artists Within's Special FX Makeup Program?

If you are looking to add to your resume, then our special FX artist program might be exactly what you need to diversify your portfolio. Available only as a full time course (12 weeks), our special FX makeup diploma program is aimed at makeup artists who want to learn to be more creative, take their work to the next level, and be able to think outside the box. You will have the opportunity to learn everything from the most basic techniques to the more advanced techniques like realistic aging. Upon completion of this course you will not only be awarded your FX makeup diploma but will have what it takes to be an employable, well-rounded and competent special FX makeup artist.

+ Special FX Topics

  • Cuts, bruises, gashes, scrapes & scars
  • Corpsing
  • Illnesses and major wounds
  • Makeup breakdown
  • Character development/script breakdowns
  • Temporary tattoos & tattoo covering
  • Realistic aging
  • Hair-laying
  • Beard Making
  • Theatrical work
  • Bald caps
  • Basic prosthetic applications
  • Portfolio Development
  • One professional photo shoot

+ Special FX Kit

Skin Care

  • AW03 Superwear Makeup Remover
  • AW03 Moisturizer
  • AW03 Primer
  • AW03 Dual Action Makeup Remover


  • AW03 Stainless steel palette and Spatula
  • Cape
  • Hair Sheers
  • Kleenex
  • AW03 Sponges
  • AW03 Puff
  • 99% Alcohol
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • AW03 Mascara Wands
  • Red Round Stipple Sponge
  • Orange Stipple Sponge
  • Black small pore and large pore stipple sponge
  • Plastic Tail comb
  • Tint brush

Glues, Barriers, Adhesive Removers

  • Matte Spirit Gum
  • Spirit Gum remover
  • Telesis Super Solv #7
  • Pro-aide
  • 3rd degrees
  • Green Marble Sealer Spray
  • Attagel
  • Tuplast

Latex/Foam products

  • Old age stipple
  • Latex
  • Bulbous nose
  • Lacerations
  • Horns
  • Plastic Bald cap x2


  • 3-D Gel
  • Nose and Scar Wax
  • Flesh Effects Gel Clear
  • Tooth Enamel black

Paints/Créme colors

  • Skin Illustrator Palette Flesh/Complextion
  • Skin Illustrator Palette FX
  • Bruise Wheel
  • Blue-Grey and Black Créme
  • AW03 Classic Red Liner
  • AW03 HD translucent powder
  • Thick Blood
  • Dark Blood


  • Dome Mask
  • Slant Foundation
  • Fluff
  • Small Precision

+ Special FX Pricing

All Pricing is in Canadian Dollars

  • Tuition - $3995.00
  • Special FX Kit - $1195.00 + GST
  • Total - $5249.75
  • Deposit - $500.00 (This is subtracted from your tuition and due at time of registration to hold your spot. The remaining balance is due on the first day of class)

+ Prerequisites

All students registering for our special FX makeup diploma program must have a already obtained a Makeup Diploma an Airbrush Certificate, as well as Advanced Makeup Diploma. (Please inquire for alternate entry requirements if you do not meet the specified prerequisites.)

+ Special FX Full Time Dates

12 week program Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9:30am till 4:30pm


  • October 23 - January 10, 2020


  • March 4 - May 22, 2020
  • October 21, 2020 - January 8, 2021
Increase Your Hiring Potential with Our Special FX Makeup Diploma Program

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Artists Within Makeup Academy
#306, 822 11th Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB T2R 0E5
Phone: 403.208.0034
Insta: @artistwithinmakeupacadmey