DL 830 – BA (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen (Character MakeUp Design)

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Duration: 4 yrs
CAO and Third Level

Course description

Theatre, film and television are highly visual practices. They all require the expert input of the designer to imagine and create their physical environments, to generate character and costume, and to organise the overall visual experience of the work.

A Make-Up/Prosthetics Designer works on feature films, television dramas, commercials, music videos, theatre, opera and dance performances. The job focuses on the performers and creating appropriate characters based on a given script using make-up, postiche, wigs or prosthetics. A Make-Up/Prosthetics Designer liaises with the director to discuss the interpretation of the script and any notable effects that may be required. They work in conjunction with the costume designer and hair/wig dresser to ensure that the visual statement is complete and convincing.


What will I do?

–– Learn how to focus on a performer’s body and create appropriate characters based on a given script using make-up, postiche, wigs and prosthetics.

–– Experience how to liaise with the director and the rest of the design team to discuss the interpretation of the script.

–– Get the necessary skills to work on feature films, television dramas, television commercials, music videos, and theatre, opera and dance performances.


What modules will I study?

Common Year 1

Digital Support Studies | Introductory Studies I – Design for Performance | Introductory Studies II – Design for Stage (Theatre) | Introductory Studies III – Design for Screen (Film) | Design for Stage or Screen I | Critical + Contextual Studies I | Common Faculty Module.

Year 2

Four common modules: Photography + Documentation | Exploration + Experimentation | Critical + Cultural Studies II | Faculty Elective.

Technical Skills Studies focus on materials, techniques and processes used to create characters suitable for theatre and film. This includes character, period, ageing, climatic effects, injury simulation, facial hair / postiche and wig dressing. It also includes the design, making and application of prosthetic pieces. Students apply these skills to text based design projects in modules MakeUp Design for Screen and a Personal Design Project.

Year 3

Work Placement/Practical Experience | Professional Studies | Critical + Contextual Studies | Collaboration Project (Across Course).

Core discipline skills are explored further in Advanced Discipline Practice using Make Up and Prosthetics to design a range of characters for a specific text.

Year 4

Directed minor project | Self-selected major project | Business + Entrepreneurship module (culminates in Graduate Showcase) | Dissertation and/or documented research project.


A portfolio submission is required for this course.

CAO application deadline: 1st February annually.

Read more on: http://www.iadt.ie/courses/make-up-design 

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