About the BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Design and Prosthetics programme
Get prepared for the TV and film industries as a Prosthetics and Special Effects Make-up artist.
The BA (Hons) Special Effects Make Up Design and Prosthetics programme (validated by the University of Hull) is a very versatile and modern degree that will equip you the skills and knowledge you need to create memorable characters for film, television and theatre productions.
Students’ focus is on special effects prosthetics and character design for this fast-moving industry. Learners are exposed to industry-standard techniques, linking both artistic and creative expression while incorporating key workshop manufacturing fundamentals. Each level of study will engage and challenge learners to expand upon their skillset, using a variety of materials within specific professional contexts.
By exploring a very wide range of materials and techniques, students will have the chance to practice every aspect of the Special Effects artist’s role within the industry. They will see their designs and ideas materialize and will create a functional and comprehensive portfolio which will allow them to promote themselves effectively in the industry.
Our students also get the opportunity to be taught and work side to side with award winning professionals with long experience and passion for their art, get inspired and participate to a holistic learning experience.
Our cohorts range from eighteen year-olds to mature students of all ages and include applicants who’ve just finished college as well as those who have been out of education for a while and want to get back into it. The new and transferable skills that we provide you with, require nothing more than your dedication and desire to learn the art of “behind the scenes”.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points (UCAS 2017 tariff), with minimum of grade ‘C’ in both GCSE Maths and English. This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media).
However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, and will carry out a bespoke assignment in order to assess their academic potential and relevant experience.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4)
In your first year, you will be introduced and exposed to a wide variety of vital skills, such as designing, sculpting, moulding, casting, application and painting. This is coupled with academic input which is contextualized around the specialism of arts and society in general.
- Casualty Simulation
- Mask Making Techniques
- Media, Arts and Society
- Life Casting and Moulding
- Character Transformation
- Anatomy and Lifelike Sculpture
Year 2 (Level 5)
In your second year, you will move on to application and development of the skills learnt in level 4, with more advanced practical applications of prosthetics, designs and sculpting processes. Again, some theory is embedded in delivery in order to deepen your understanding of the subject and prepare yourself for level 6’s requirements.
- Prosthetic Techniques 1 & 2
- Creative Practitioner
- Critical Approaches
- Creature Design and Sculpture
- Researching the Arts
Year 3 (Level 6)
The last year of your studies is the “springboard to industry”; the culmination of progressively increased self-direction, critique and responsibility. As well as dissertation, you will design and produce a final major project, calling on key principles that have been delivered since level 4 and expanding on them. You will focus on finding and presenting to the world your own professional identity and have a chance to practically prepare yourself for the industry.
- Preliminary Practical Project
- Professional Identity and Employability
- Final Major Project
Learning & Teaching Methods
This is a full time course. Students will need to attend university two-three days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at university in “open workshop” time to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.
Since the entire course is designed to address individual needs and each learner has a lot of one to one time with the tutors, the opportunities are endless. Students achieve an extremely high level of development because we leave no questions unanswered. Other than the default skills that the course is providing to the learners, we are always open to new ideas and innovating techniques. We don’t only expect research from the students, instead we continuously seek for the newest methods and materials to keep our teaching up to date.
All students are required to pay an annual Student Levy Fee of £250. This payment contributes towards bulk materials used in the workshop through out the academic year: Plaster, Silicone, fibreglass, clay etc. Students are required to purchase a specific kit containing materials and tools vital for prosthetic manufacture and application which will see you through your degree and on in to industry. The kit is priced at £400 and successful applicants will be instructed on how to order. Workshops, general materials and tools are provided by the course.
The Special Effects Make-up Design and Prosthetics degree, invites anyone who has a passion for creation, to discover fantastic opportunities for learning and employment. Studying with us will not just help you to gain a degree but to get a true learning experience along with other adult learners who share the same dream.
You will attain a large variety of self-management, team working and communicating skills which will direct your footsteps in the ever-changing creative industry. You will gain the ability to analyse, formulate independent conclusions and identify your own strengths, weaknesses and areas of development. Your enthusiasm will be framed with the ability to work under pressure, understand deadlines, discipline and accommodate change.
The programme has a very strong reputation within the industry and as such, benefits from links to a number of high-profile operators such as Millennium FX, Hybrid FX and Kristyan Mallet Make Up Effects. These and other industry partners have provided work experience opportunities and internships for Grimsby students.
The course is designed to ensure that all learners have equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of programmes, regardless of disability, age, race, religion or gender. The learning and teaching approach is designed to be inclusive and celebrates diversity within the student body.
Finally, as the programme fits within the Faculty of Digital and Creative Industries at Grimsby, students are encouraged to work on projects with undergraduates from different areas to simulate real-life experience in the creative industries
After finishing the course you will be equipped with skills to help you begin a career as: Special effects and Prosthetics Make-up Artist, Workshop practitioner, Character Designer, Maquete Maker. There are also direct or indirect links with other industries that are related to mould making, sculpting and casting.
Other programmes that may interest you
Full-time Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector)