Basic Course FAQs

I’m interested in a career in special makeup effects but I’ve never done any kind of prosthetic makeup. Can I still enroll in Dick’s Basic 3-D Makeup Course?
  • Absolutely. Dick designed the Basic Course specifically for beginners like yourself.
Will I have to travel in order to attend classes?
  • No travel expenses required! You’ll learn from the Master’s instructional materials and our Academy Award-winning faculty in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.
I live outside the U.S. Do you accept international students?
  • Yes, we have students as far away as Japan and New Zealand.
How are you able to provide your graduates with an individual, personal consultation with an Academy Award-winning makeup artist for the tuition of $375? Many expensive special effects makeup schools don’t even have Academy Award-winning teachers, and those that do charge a lot more than you do for individual instruction by them. What’s the catch?
  • No catch; the answer is very simple and quite beautiful. Dick personally mentored many of today’s top makeup artists and so now these friends, out of love and gratitude for their teacher, want to pay him back by helping him to train the next generation of master artists.
Are materials included in the tuition price of the Basic Course?
  • No, materials must be purchased separately by our students. We provide a complete list of everything you’ll need.
How much do materials cost?
  • About $350 if you live in the U.S.; more if you need international shipping.
How much time will I need to complete the Basic Course?
  • It varies from person to person, but generally about three weeks of full-time study (40 hours per week) or six weeks part-time.
When will I receive my faculty consultation?
  • When you complete the Basic Course by producing one finished prosthetic makeup, you’ll take pictures of it and email them to the address provided in your course materials. We will then contact you to schedule your consultation.
How long will I have to send in my pictures? Is there any deadline or cut-off point?
  • There’s no rush, no time pressure to complete this beginner’s course; you have up to two years from your date of enrollment to submit your finished project for a critique and analysis. So work on it when it is convenient and enjoyable for you so that you’ll produce your best effort.