Creature Concept Design Program is designed with these three classes. You will learn how to create a creature from scratch both digitally and with clay.

Creature Concept Design Program

Digital FX Makeup$950
Creature Maquette Sculpture$875


Lab Fee


*CMS Materials (suggested)








3 Weeks120 Clock HoursMon – Fri, 9am – 5pm



Students enrolled in the Creature Concept Design Program will complete courses in Digital FX Makeup, Creature Maquette and Zbrush Digital Design.

Creature Concept Design Program is designed with these three classes. You will learn how to create a creature from scratch both digitally and with clay.

Digital FX Makeup

This class teaches students how to utilize digital media to create makeup and character designs. In this unique class, students utilize computers, design software and digital pen tablets to develop their character and creature design skills. This class teaches essential skills for any student looking to work in the film and television industry, especially in the field of character development and creation.

Creature Maquette

This class teaches students how to create and sculpt clay maquette to be used in character design for the toy, videogame, film and television industries. During this advanced course, each student creates and sculpts their own character, learning directly from Hollywood’s creature creation masters.

Zbrush Digital Design

In this 40-hour class, students learn to use state-of-the-art 3D modeling software to create realistic digital models that can be used as concept art or in finished projects. These advanced skills are useful in many design-related fields, from motion pictures, to videogames, to toy and product design.


While materials are required for class, students are welcome to purchase makeup kits directly from Cinema Makeup School or may choose to put together a makeup kit on their own. Below are the makeup kits and supplies needed for this program.

Beauty Makeup  |  Airbrush Kit  |  Hairstyling Kit


Cinema Makeup School has over 10,000 sq. ft. of space including classrooms, labs, computer lab, library and resource center. With a kitchen as well, it’s the perfect space for you to settle in and learn the skills you’ll need for the rest of your career. As a graduate of CMS, you’re always welcome back to use our work space for your personal projects – a Hollywood studio equipped with many of the tools you’ll need to succeed.



The CMS campus is located in the epicenter of the entertainment world. With close ties to the industry, our graduates have a world of opportunity at their fingertips. Our honors programs are designed to get grads connected to the top Makeup Department Heads in the industry.

Industry Mentorship Program  |  Protege Lab Internship  |  CMS Apprenticeship


The path you take is up to you – are you ready to take the first step? We’re happy to help you with the entire admissions process. To see more details, visit our Admissions Page. But if are you ready to begin…


*-Advanced Beauty Theory, Advanced Lab Techniques, and Sketch & Paint Techniques are only offered as day classes. Students attempting an evening track program will need to join a day section for those classes.
Advanced Lab classes may be held off-site. Students will be responsible to provide their own transportation.

* * -Total durations are estimates of class days and do not reflect academic breaks or additional days for honors programs. Evening and Daytime programs are the same total number of instructional hours.

☨-“Total” includes tuition, lab fees, and materials which break down as follows: $23675 tuition, $4,075 lab fee, + $2,700 materials fee. Students may also be subject to a $100 registration fee (all non-VA applicants), a $100 I-20 processing fee (all international applicants for an M1 student visa), and potential additional costs for common expendable items like tissues as needed in class, as well as certain optional equipment purchases made through the CMS store.