This set of four weeklong advanced lab modules offering practical, hands on instruction in techniques related specifically to work in a modern special effects lab such as full-head silicone lifecasting, clay pouring, epoxy moldmaking and more. All of these techniques are explored under the supervision and guidance of seasoned lab professionals on site at a rotating selection of Hollywood’s top makeup effects labs. Students who take all four modules will produce a finished, photorealistic silicone severed head at the end of the four weeks.

Advanced Lab Techniques Tuition


Lab Fee


*CMS Materials (suggested)






Advanced Lab Techniques Duration



 4 Week140 HoursMon – Fri



Students enrolled in the Complete Track Program will complete courses in Beauty MakeupAirbrush MakeupPhotographic HairstylingCharacter MakeupProsthetic Makeup, and Special Makeup Effects.

PREREQUISITE: Students attempting to take ALT classes must have either completed both Prosthetic Makeup and Special Makeup Effects at CMS or submit to a portfolio review of past work.


Module I

Full-head silicone lifecasting; rigid polyfoam-backed clay pour of the lifecast; sculpting and detailing; discussion and demonstration of bladder effects


Module II

Making a 2-piece fiberglass/syntactic mold of your fake head; discussion of fiberglass vs. syntactic vs. 1630 molds; laying up and making a core for your mold; direct mold Pros-Aide and silicone transfers


Module III

Casting your skin in silicone; discussion of vacuformed teeth, eyes nails; backing your silicone skin with soft polyfoam; seaming and patching the silicone skin; silicone painting


Module IV

Open lab at CMS: finishing your head; additional painting; hand punching hair; this week offers semi-directed lab time for students to complete their fake heads