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BA (Hons) Special effects make-up design for TV, Film and Theatre

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

This specialised honours degree aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, confidence and skills to actively pursue a career in film, television or theatre as a special effects make-up designer.
The programme develops character simulation, casualty depiction using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, 2D and 3D visualisation, prosthetic techniques and creature design and applications for animatronics. Academic skills are also developed and students will look at the histories of media, the arts and special effects as well as the professional and industry aspects of the subject. It is ideal for those who have a background or strong interest in art and design, media subjects or hair & beauty wishing to pursue a theatrical, film or TV career. There will be opportunities to work with current special make-up effects practitioners and the course encourages students to be involved in live projects.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 180 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications

Irrespective of entry route, all applicants will be required to attend for interview.
Students with no traditional entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants may be asked to complete a written assignment as part of the assessment process.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Media, Arts and Society
Character Simulation Techniques
Casualty Simulation Techniques
2D Visualisation
Contexts of Media Make-up Design
3D Visualisation
Anatomy and Physiology for Make-up Artists

Level 5
Creative Practitioner
Critical Approaches to Design in Media 1
Prosthetic Techniques
Professional Practice for Special Effects Make-up
Critical Approaches to Design in Media 2
Creature Design and Animatronics Applications

Level 6
Planning and Research Portfolio
Special Effects Preliminary Written Study
Special Effects Preliminary Practical Study
Special Effects Final Written Study
Special Effects Final Major Practical Project

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: essay/reports, presentations, practical and written assessments, developmental portfolios, portfolios of practical work (i.e. 3D practical project), reflective workbooks/logbooks/journals, case studies and a final project. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and creative skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the field of Special Effects make up design. A freelance practitioner will work a variety of jobs; from performing everyday tasks in a workshop type environment to 'on set' large scale film/TV production as part of a creative team. This unique degree is designed to not only equip the learner with the excellent practical skills required to function successfully, but also produce artists that can design, inspire and enthuse the larger audience and communicate appropriately within its functioning world. Critical practical skills will be utilised alongside fundamentals such as professional practice and Health and Safety in the workshop. This degree will also facilitate possible careers into teaching, arts management or other creative and design related roles


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 5/11/2013