Become a Special Effects Makeup Artist

Ever wanted to become a special effects makeup artist? Cinema Makeup School has taken their 30 years of in-person class experience and with the help of CMS Digital Studios will now be offering online courses. Learn from the industry professionals that have been working in Hollywood for decades from the comfort of your home.
Walk away with knowledge that can get you your next Cinema makeup job
Learn from Emmy® winners and nominees
Get future credit towards school tuition
Receive a CMS Digital Academy certification
Be placed on the national and international job roster
Hands on experience at home that prepares you for future work
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Some Alumni Credits

Below are some movies/TV series our Alumni have worked on:
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Stranger Things
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • The Mandalorian
  • Thor
  • World War Z
  • Teen Wolf
  • Spiderman: Far from Home
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2


The best instructors have designed the most motivating learning paths for you


We offer individual courses so you can learn what you want, when you want. Learning takes place on your schedule with pre-recorded course video teachings.


Learn from industry experts with decades of experience that have been nominated or won Academy awards. 


Whether you want a taste of the special effects industry or are a season expert, these classes will help further your experience and understanding. Ages 13+.
Online Course Overview

Learn with Structured Class Pre-Recordings & Instruction

Courses on SFX, Beauty, Prosthetics, Character Design, Movie Makeup & More!

Learn Techniques from Emmy® Award Winners and Nominees.

I chose the Special Effects Boot Camp to decide what I want to do in my life as a career. I think now I made a decision. 
Elizaveta Lutsiuk - Past Boot Camp Student



Frequently asked questions

Can Anyone Take These Courses?

Yes, anyone ages 13+ can sign up for any of our courses. Further, we have designed our courses for a global audience as we know many can't attend our school in person in Los Angeles, CA. Our Special Effects Bootcamps are tailored more for newcomers while our Professional Crash Courses are tailored more for industry professionals. However, all courses can be taken at any skill level.

Are There Any Hidden Fees?

We do not have any hidden fees - the price you see is the price you pay. However, please note that materials for each class are optional but recommended and range around $1250-$1500 per course.  If we can't ship you the items due to country restrictions we can refund you.

How Do I Receive Makeup Materials?

Materials for each course are optional but recommended at an extra cost of $500. For students outside the USA, we might have to charge a shipping fee depending on which country you live in. We will email you a link after purchase where you can buy materials. Alternatively, you can feel free to buy your own materials or just watch the classes. After purchase, we have a dedicated team to make sure to help you find all relevant materials to maximize your learning. Further, you can always email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Are these Live Zoom Classes?

These are pre-recorded Zoom classes so you can watch them at any time and go at your own pace. You can watch these videos from any device to make it easier to do the work alongside the instructors as they are teaching.

Do You Have In-Person Classes?

We have in-person classes at our school in Los Angeles, California. For more information on in-person classes please visit
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"My favorite Ah Hah moment was when I realized how to blend the prosthetic edges, it was so simple!"

- Adriana Lebron , Past Boot Camp Student
"Being a self taught artist can be challenging so receiving guidance and learning new/proper techniques will allow me to work faster and more efficiently on set. Coming from a beauty background, it has also expanded my skill set, which will open up more opportunities in the film and tv industry."

-Anonymous, Past Boot Camp Student
"I see Bootcamp helping me in a makeup/fx career in so many big ways!  First off, by teaching me the 'right way' and the 'wrong way' to do things - which for some things, like applying and removing prosthetics, is very important! Second off, by giving me a comfortable environment to learn and practice the craft thoroughly before I go and use the techniques & knowledge on the job."

-Anonymous, Past Boot Camp Student

Take your career and expertise to the
next level!

Become a Special Effects Makeup Artist

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