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Course Syllabus

Course: THEA 1223

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Theater Arts
Title: Stage Makeup

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course is a practical examination into the techniques and artistry of makeup for the theatre. The primary focus is on one- and three-dimensional techniques in corrective, aging, character and period styles.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 1; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: none

Corequisites: none


Justification: As a result of this course, students will develop a general background in stage makeup techniques that they will need as they pursue a career in theatre. This course will also serve as introductory training for those wishing to go into makeup design as a profession.This course is offered by most theatre departments throughout the state as a lower-division credit. This course fills a lower-division core for theatre, and similar courses exist at most other four-year institutions in the state of Utah.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be tested on their mastery of individual makeup techniques from each content unit. Students will also be required to complete a midterm and final project based on a subject of their choice. This will necessitate careful study of the chosen subject's physiological features and the natural world in which they live. The student will write an analysis for both the midterm and final projects, as well as creating and applying a makeup design based on their analysis.  

Students will be required to write critiques of live performances produced by the theatre department. These responses will give special attention to the use of makeup in the production. Critiques wil be evaluated on the basis of a set standard of criteria established by the instructor and returned with suggestions for improvement based on said criteria. It is expected that students will employ these suggestions in subsequent critiques. 


Content:
This course will include lectures, demonstrations, studio work and play reading. Topics taught in this class will include:
Unit 1.
Discussion of the history of makeup and its practical uses on the stage.
Unit 2.
Understanding the physiology of the face and skull and its importance in creating effective makeup designs.
Unit 3.
Practical examination of corrective makeup techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the application of corrective techniques.
Unit 4.
Practical examination of middle-aged techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the application of middle-aged techniques.
Unit 5.
Practical examination of old-aged techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the application of old-aged techniques.
Unit 6.
Practical examination of latex old-aged techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the application of latex to create the aging effects.
Unit 7.
Practical examination of prosthetic techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the creation and use of prosthetics for makeup.
Unit 8.
Practical examination of beard and moustache techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in using and applying facial hair.
Unit 9.
Practical examination of fantasy techniques.
Students will gain experience through demonstration and actual practice in the creation and use of makeup to create a fantasy character.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be evaluated on:

Their level of mastery for each individual technique. 30-40%. 

A midterm project. 10-25% 

A final project. 10-15% 

Creating a makeup morgue. 15-20% 

Written critiques on each of the Snow College Theatre productions. 5-10% 

 

 

 

 

 



Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Corson, Richard. Stage Makeup. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall. Current edition.

Required materials include:
• Ben Nye Makeup Kit
• Work Clothes or Smock
• Blow Dryer with adjustable temperature control
• Other supplies may be required at the discretion of the instructor.


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 17
Optimum Class Size: 12