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Why Our Academy?

Shaune - Passionate about his craft, Shaune is a keen advocate of passing on his many years of experience to a new generation of artists who want to perfect their skills in the art of Creature and Special Make up effects. The Academy is the pinnacle of Shaune’s many accomplishments and his dedication, devotion and infectious passion for the craft are the driving force in enduring its continued success.

Shaune has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters in the world, from the Harry Potter series,Captain America, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Sleepy Hollow, Stardust, The Mummy, The Fifth Element, The DaVinci Code and World War Z, The Avengers: Age of UltronThis makes him one the best teachers you want to be around.

Shaune will oversee every aspect of the academy and will be teaching and training the students in the same way he would on his own prosthetic films. He and his team will teach you not only skills of make up, hair and prosthetic makeup but also how to manage the budget, do the script breakdown and how to become a good self employed make up artist.

Unlike many make-up schools the Academy will give its students the tools, materials and most importantly the most up to date technical knowledge to give them an edge; a head start into entering the film industry as skilled professionals.

Tutors - Alongside his extensive knowledge Shaune has many contacts within the industry, specialists in various industry fields who will also be involved in the Academy’s training programme.

These will consist of artists such as: Silicone Specialists, Prosthetic artists, Mouldmakers, Art Finishers, Hair Punchers, Wig makers, Sculptors, Concept designers...simply the best people to be taught by.

All our tutors have amazing film, TV, theatre and fashion backgrounds. They will be teaching you the most up to date techniques in make up, hair and prosthetic makeup and also explaining and sharing all their own experiences working as a make up artist. That is very important to understand and learn from the most skilled people in the industry.

Small classes - As a new school we want to concentrate on every one of the students in our academy. We believe that only in small classes we can give 100% attention and time to our students. That’s why our classes will have maximum of 10 students per class.

Why Manchester?

With the recent opening of Media City in Salford Quays we couldn’t think of a better place to open the Academy.

Manchester is home to the second largest creative and digital cluster in Europe. More and more companies are making the move to Media City because of their transport links and the state of the art digital facilities.

Why should students choose us?

We have created courses suitable for everyone. You can learn prosthetic makeup, makeup fx in different levels - from basics to advanced professional. Our courses are adapt to our students needs and abilities.

The main reason you should choose our academy is the wealth of Shaune’s experience and the many things he’s accomplished over the years he’s been working as a prosthetic makeup artist.


04 February 2017

Old School Bladder FX. 

I’ve been wanting to do an 80’s style Bladder Effect for a while now.

01 October 2016

Back in the summer of 2015 we got a call from local Manchester director Mat Johns, a super talented filmmaker about working on a zombie short film called A Father’s Day.

Prosthetic & Makeup FX - 6 week
START: 05-11-2018 - 14-12-2018

Tailored One to One course
START: 15-10-2018 - 04-11-2018

Prosthetic & Make-up FX - 6 week
START: 04-02-2019 - 15-03-2019

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