It's Your Future... OWN IT.


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Perhaps there is no program in the world more defined by the people inside it, or by the spirit, energy, and imagination that they embody. Take your imagination where it’s never gone before! Join the thousands of students from all over the world who have embarked on the journey that is… Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program.

You always knew you were different. And you’re finally listening to the little voice inside of you – the voice of creative reason. Now let us help you hone your skills as we teach you how to bring your drawings to life and nightmares to reality. This is your life. This is your dream. OWN IT.



  • Sculpting
  • Creature Design
  • Painting Techniques
  • Appliance Prosthetics
  • Hair & Beard Application
  • Airbrush Illustration
  • Budgets
  • Character Make-Up


  • Cosmetic Make-Up
  • Eyes & Teeth
  • Animatronics
  • Life Casting
  • Mold Making
  • Anatomy
  • Props
  • ZBrush
The Godfather of Gore. The Sultan of Splatter. Tom Savini is a legend in the world of special make-up effects. His work revolutionized the horror genre. His filmography of special make-up effects is impressive.

Tom Savini’s Make-Up Credits Include:

  • Friday the 13th
  • Friday the 13th IV
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Creepshow
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
  • Monkey Shines
  • The Burning
  • Killing Zoe
  • Invasion USA
  • Martin
  • Red Scorpion
  • Trauma
  • Two Evil Eyes
  • Maniac

IMDB Profile

“If you’re thinking about coming to Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program just STOP. Stop THINKING about it and just DO it. Aren’t we talking about making your dreams come true? Our students’ attitude is ‘This is school?’… because they are having so much fun every day doing what they love… and… they get a degree!”Tom Savini 

  • Burman Industries
  • KNB Effects Group
  • Maverick Dental Laboratory
  • McFarlane Toys
  • MTV / BET
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Spector Studios
  • Touch Bionics Living Skin (Prosthetics Lab)
  • Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Jerry Gergely

Jerry Gergely // Director of Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program

William Ritter

William Ritter // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

Shawn Ronzio

Shawn Ronzio // Instructor

A.S.T. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Jesse Lechok

Jesse Lechok // Instructor

A.S.T. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Dejah Gilgour

Dejah Gilgour // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

Christopher Gilgour

Christopher Gilgour // Instructor

A.S.B. Douglas Education Center

 DEC recognizes the importance of students developing professional portfolios. The Portfolio and Career Development Center was created to give students in the art and entertainment disciplines a professional area for portfolio foundation. The Center is open to all students and they are encouraged to utilize it frequently so that their portfolios contain their absolute best work.

Services at The Center include professional photographs of student work, information on how to light pieces for photography purposes, how to use social media, and assistance with layout and design to be able to create a comprehensive and compelling portfolio.


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  • DEC Graduate Finishes in Second Place on SyFy’s ‘Face Off’ - From DEC graduate to reality star, Tyler Green unleashed his passion and creativity in special make-up effects, finishing second in the SyFy channel’s breakout reality competition series, Face Off. Face Off showcases some of the best special make-up effects talent in the country. Competitors prove they’ve got the skills to create exciting and fantastical characters. A 2006 graduate of Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program and the Esthetics Program at Douglas Education Center, in Monessen, PA, […]
  • Community on Campus: State Senator Tim Solobay - DEC welcomed State Senator Tim Solobay to campus. The senator met and interviewed with students from Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program, including Alexandra Ley, Matthew Stahura, and Ricky Brennan. Tom Savini also stopped in! Special thanks to students Matthew, Ricky and Alexandra who were amazing spokespeople for the program! The Senator interviewed the students and Tom Savini for a segment on the Pennsylvania Report, which is a monthly television […]
  • Guest Blogger: Alumnus Jarrod Blanchard – “The Cemetery” Production Diary - DAY 1 The first meeting was terrifying for me. Being in a large group, despite knowing everyone in the room, made me quite uneasy. At first I felt unsure of my abilities, which always seems to be the case when a person’s skills are put to the test professionally instead of theoretically, but I knew I could rise to the challenge when necessary, almost like a monk who only uses […]

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