Special Effects Taster Course (3-Days) – only for ages 15 to 18

Elstree Studios: 5 -7 August 2024

Longcross Studios: 12 to 14 August 2024

Showing prospective students around (including school holidays) for enrolment in 2024 & 2025. The 2-year BTEC Make up & Hair Course starts 23 September 2024 at Elstree Studios or 30 September 2024 at Longcross Studios.


NOTE: Spaces are limited for diploma courses starting in 2024.

For availability or to book a visit, call +44 (0) 1344 635 522 or email us at [email protected] 


3 - Day Special Effects Taster Course

Elstree 5-7 August 2024

Longcross 12-14 August 2024

Are you 15-18 years old and thinking about the idea of becoming a successful make-up artist as a career once you leave school? 

This 3-day taster course which is held during school holidays will give you a little insight as to what you would learn on a far greater scale if you were to continue your education with us after leaving school. Students can enrol from the age of 16+ on our 2-Year BTEC Make-up and Hair Course which commences every September/October.

Being established for 34 years, the 2-Year BTEC is the most successful course that we run at Elstree Studios and Longcross Studios. Our students enjoy their make-up and hair training so much that they often don’t want to leave, however, they are able to continue their education for a further year by studying on either the VTCT Level 2 Hairdressing and Barbering Course or the HND Level 5 Diploma. In addition, Brushstroke provides long-term aftercare and support.

3 Day Taster Course
special effects makeup - scars and wounds

Studio training in a studio environment

Brushstroke graduates have gone on to working on many well-known productions, West End shows, feature films and light entertainment such as Wicked, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice, X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Bridgerton, The Crown (Netflix), Game of Thrones (HBO) Dr Strange, Avengers (Marvel) to name a few. Brushstroke is also in collaboration with the BBC encouraging diversity within the TV and film industry. See our student achievements.

Makeup Lighting
Missing fingers SFX
horror film makeup
Horror film makeup artistry
Girl with Hands over Eyes and Dark Red Lipstick
Elstree Classroom (2)
Makeup Lighting
Makeup Lighting

Course Information

The syllabus will cover a variety of make-up special effects techniques such as cuts, grazes, black eyes, burns, blisters, scars, wounds and many more effects. Please note that the making and application of prosthetic pieces would only be covered on our full-time diploma course.

Students will have practical hands-on experience working with each other. All we ask of you is that you are keen, enthusiastic and don’t dress too smart as we might get a bit bloody.

If this taster course interests you, then why not join us where you will learn make up special effects over a period of three days, in a fun atmospheric classroom within the film studios, taught by professional make-up artists who are actively working within the media industry. 

Full payment and completion of enrolment forms are required to secure your place. Please note that we are not government funded and you should give due consideration as to how you would fund the course.

Equipment: All the equipment and materials you require will be provided for the duration of the course.

Drop off and Pick up: Both of our studios have good transport links and are close walking distance from the train station. There is a drop-off and pick up point within the studios. Please see our directions on the website.

Lunch: There is a canteen within the studios, but you can bring in a packed lunch and a drink in case you don’t want to alarm people with your SFX injuries if you decide to pop out.

Stepping Stone: If you really enjoy your 3-day taster course and decide this could be a future career for you, then we advise that you arrange an appointment with us so we can answer any questions that you might have about joining the 2 year BTEC Make-up and Hair Course which is nationally and internationally recognised. 

Please Note: Spaces on all of our courses are limited, so if you would like further information, please contact us by email [email protected] or call 01344 635522