Theatre Arts: Makeup Certificate Theatre Arts & Fashion Total Units: 36.0

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Theatre Arts: Makeup - effective Fall 2008
Theatre Arts: Makeup - effective Fall 1981


The Theatre Arts: Makeup Certificate of Achievement program prepares students for entry level and apprentice employment as a professional makeup artist, for the stage, film or television environments. The program focuses on a hands-on approach to the study of materials, terminology, health and safety issues, and technical skills required for dramatic productions.

Depending on natural talent and industry needs, students can enter the industry directly from this program. However, most certificate students wishing to pursue professional makeup careers must continue to build their resumes through substantial work experience. Students wishing to pursue a career as makeup technicians in the creation of prosthetic appliances and special effects for film and television must transfer to a trade school for additional training. Students interested in becoming wig and hair technicians will also need to obtain a cosmetology license. The Theatre Arts: Makeup Certificate of Achievement provides students with the basic skills and techniques necessary to successfully start any of these career paths. Certificate students who also wish to pursue an Associate of Arts degree and/or four-year degree are encouraged to meet with a counselor.

Students wishing to advance in the field must be prepared to market their skills and work as a free-lance artist. The job prospects in this field are great for those willing and available to travel. Most entry-level positions are offered at low pay. However, hard work and strong contacts are key to a lucrative and exciting career in all venues theatre, opera, television and film.

The Theatre Arts certificate training programs are unique in that they offer five areas of emphasis: Acting, Costuming, Makeup, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management. These one to two-year intensive vocational training programs examine, through lecture, demonstration, and application, the tools and techniques required to succeed in professional theatre and related entertainment industry positions. Introductory and advanced courses are designed to familiarize the student with the theory and practice of theatrical production while participating in a 5-show production oriented program.

At the heart of the certificate curriculum is a collaborative relationship between faculty, staff, guest artists, and students that helps students develop while producing professional quality theatre. Courses cover a broad spectrum of related disciplines to further enrich the learning experience and provide a strong foundation of knowledge. Students are also instructed in the basics of self-marketing as well as audition, interview, resume and portfolio preparation and presentation.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret appropriate styles, color, and texture choices for a scripted character;
  2. apply fundamental techniques of makeup and hair application when participating in the backstage functions of a performance;
  3. demonstrate basic skills in one or more of the following areas of specialization:
    • appropriate skin care analysis
    • creation of character makeup by application of highlight and lowlight painting techniques
    • three-dimensional prosthetic techniques
    • facial hair application
    • wig and hair styling;
  4. work collaboratively with other theater professionals and contribute basic artistic knowledge of Costume and Makeup Design;
  5. integrate knowledge of theatre history and literature when designing and/or applying stage makeup; and
  6. perform for the stage at a beginning level using fundamental techniques of voice, movement, and the actor's craft.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Theatre Arts: Makeup program are:

  • Complete 36.0 units from
    • Theatre Arts Core Requirements
    • Makeup Emphasis Requirements

Theatre Arts Core Requirements - complete 6.00 units
THAR 1World Theatre Through Time3.00
THAR 10AIntroduction to Techniques of Acting3.00
Makeup Emphasis Requirements - complete 30.00 units
THAR 21Introduction to Costuming3.00
THAR 22AIntroduction to Makeup2.00
THAR 22BIntermediate Makeup4.00
THAR 24Design Workshop3.00
THAR 25.1Production Lab: Costume Crew1.50
THAR 25.4Production Lab: Makeup Crew4.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 2.1History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
ART 12Figure Drawing3.00
ART 13Watercolor1.50-3.00
FASH 53Fashion Analysis3.00
FASH 56AFashion Design and Illustration3.00
THAR 26Theatrical Lighting3.00
THAR 27Properties Workshop2.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


1. All students enrolled in the certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with them regularly to monitor progress.

2. All courses in the THAR 25 series (THAR 25, 25.1, 25.2, 25.3, 25.4, and 25.5) are variable unit courses; each course may be taken up to four times. The type of position and number of productions a student will work on during a semester determines the number of units. These courses are also corequisites for THAR 20, 21, 22A, and 22B. Certificate students planning to take these courses are encouraged to contact the Theatre Arts department chair prior to registration.

3. THAR 22B must be repeated for a total of 4.0 units for the Makeup Emphasis Requirements.

4. THAR 25.4 must be repeated for a total of 4.5 units for the Makeup Emphasis Requirements.

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