Professional Crash Course: Prosthetics

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  • By: CMS Digital Studios & Cinema Makeup School
  • Required Skill Level: Any
  • Study time: 5 Days
  • Class Type: 20 Pre-Recorded Videos
  • Materials Provided: Yes ($506 value)
Course overview
Learn How To Apply Realistic Prosthetics Just Like The Monster & Gore Effects Professionals in Hollywood! 

Our Professional Crash Course: Prosthetics is all about prosthetics makeup valuable for working professionals but can still be taken by newcomers to the industry. Led by 42-year industry expert Michael Spatola. Spatola has worked on hundreds of movies & productions, but most notably Terminator 2, Predator 2, Iron Man 3 & more. He has also been Emmy nominated twice for the Outstanding Makeup Award.

And also, with support instructors Crista Llewellyn who is a SFX & Beauty Artist and Costume Designer​ with credits that include: Searching, In Full Bloom, Oscar's Hotel, Fight of the Living Dead, House of Demons, and Miss 2059. ​Specializes in: Prosthetics Application, Airbrushing, Injury FX, and Fabrication.
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CMS Digital Studios, Inc. in association with Cinema Makeup School is dedicated to educating the next generation of makeup artists for the film, television, fashion, and entertainment industries. 

We aim to provide students with all of the skills needed to succeed as makeup artists and to give them a solid foundation for any job they seek. 

In addition to makeup techniques, CMS Digital students are taught professionalism, ethics, business, and history.
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About Professional Crash Course: Prosthetics

Learn how to apply realistic prosthetics just like the monster & gore effects professionals in Hollywood!

Learn pros-aide transfers, gelatin, silicon, latex & foam prosthetics.

I love the work we were able to create in these courses I attended and it was nice to get new ideas and techniques. And also, proper prosthetic application was a great thing to learn.
- Madelyn

What's included?

20 Pre- Recorded Video Lessons

Our training is designed to provide the skills in a practical approach. Our students' success is our best asset in showing the quality of our training.

5 Days of Teaching

Strategies shared and knowledge earned allows our students to immediately set up their business and start offering their services around the globe.

Real World Examples

Whether you want to boost your career within the company you are working or grow at your own business by applying the latest strategies we teach, this is the way.

Course Lessons

In Business Since 1993

With over 28+ in the industry, Cinema Makeup School is distinguished as being one of the most prominent learning academy's.

Flexible Learning

Although this class is scheduled in 5 days, feel free to learn at your own pace with always accessible content, 

Learn From Any Device

Enjoy flexibility and variety of your specific learning habits. Can be viewed from any device and at your own pace.

2-Time Emmy Nominated Instructor

This class is taught by one of our most prominent professors in the makeup industry, Michael Spatola. 

Frequently asked questions

How Do I Receive Materials?

Materials for this course are included ($506 value). For students outside the USA wanting to buy materials, please contact us before purchasing the course so we can make sure we can ship them to you. For USA residents, we will ship you materials in around 7 days from purchase. 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 outcomes, regardless of if you bought materials from us or want to find your own.

How Long Do I Have Access to This Course?

You will have 12 months of access to this course after purchase. If you need more time, you can always ask for an extension and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How is This Course Different From Your Other Courses?

Professional Crash Course: Prosthetics is the more advanced version of Special Effects Bootcamps 1 and 2. Tailored more for working professionals, you will learn how to apply realistic prosthetics just like the monster & gore effects professionals in Hollywood. This includes pros-aide transfers, gelatin, silicon, latex & foam prosthetics, tattoo transfers, sculpting a prosthetic nose, how to make molds and more.

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
Meet the instructor

Michael Spatola

Michael Spatola is a make-up artist with over 35 years professional experience. Although he's flown under the radar for most of his career, he's actually been nominated by his peers twice for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Make-up EMMY Awards, and twice for Best Make-up Cable ACE Awards.

Mike's worked on all types of budgets and films from "Return of the Living Dead" to "Stargate" to "Terminator 2" to "Iron Man 3" and is probably best known for being the Make-up Effects Supervisor for a few seasons of HBO's "Tales From The Crypt." Before his "Hollywood" career, Mike cranked out monster make-ups, day in and day out at The Brigantine Castle- a 5 story haunted castle amusement in Brigantine, New Jersey. After 6 years of the haunted house business, it was time to move to Hollywood.

You'll find that Mike's a skilled instructor. He's a teacher with the ability to explain techniques and methods so they are extremely easy to understand. Currently, you can find Mike at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. There he serves as the Chief Academic Officer and lead instructor.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Crista Llewellyn

Crista Llewellyn is a special effects makeup artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. She got her start in special effects in high school when she learned how to create cotton and latex wounds for the play ‘Bury the Dead.’ She fell in love and the rest is history. After high school, she went to San Francisco State University where she got her BA in Technical Theatre and Design with a focus on Costume Design in 2012.

In 2014 she graduated from The Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco with a certificate in master makeup artistry. Shorty after, she returned to Los Angeles to work as a freelance artist. Crista currently focuses on set work, working freelance for independent films and new media, as well as teaching at Cinema Makeup School.

While her work ranges from beauty to SFX to costumes, her strengths lie in prosthetic application, airbrushing, injury FX, and fabrication. Some of her most notable works include Searching, In Full Bloom, Oscar’s Hotel, Fight of the Living Dead, House of Demons, and Miss 2059.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Official CMS Certification Included Upon Completion

  • Add Experience to Your Resume

    Knowing how to promote your skills is important to progress in your career! Our certification is:
    • Provided to you upon completion of the program
    • Used to distinguish certain skillsets you've learned
    • A great start to building up even more credibility for your pursuit of excellence
  • Showcase Your Newly Learned Skills

    With an official CMS Digital Certification for Professional Crash Course: Prosthetics, you can showcase your skills you learned for future opportunities.
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