Higher Education at the Grimsby Institute
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Prospectus 2017

BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Design and Prosthetics

Developthe fascinating skills of life casting, mould making and learn how to transformyour designs and ideas to a complete character. 

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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.
BA (Hons) Special Effects Make Up Design and Prosthetics 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

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Annual Salary
£16,000
Entry Salary
£22,000
Mid Range Salary
£40,000
High End Salary
Males & Females Employed
67%
33%
24%

Entry requirements

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.
  • Dissertation
  • Preliminary Practical Project
  • Professional Identity and Employability
  • Final Major Project

What Next

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.

Programme Benefits

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 theFaculty of Digital and Creative Industries at Grimsby, students are encouragedto work on projects with undergraduates from different areas to simulatereal-life experience in the creative industries


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.

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.


More information

UCAS Code:W4R2
Credit Level: 6
Credit value:360
Course start date: September
Course duration: 3 years full time
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