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This brand new and exciting HNC is designed by industry pros to introduce you to a career in the hair, makeup, prosthetics and costume department for the Film Industry.

Splitting your time between the Buckinghamshire College Group Amersham Campus and Creative Media Skills state of the art studio base in the heart of British Film, Pinewood Studios, you will meet and learn from some of the most recognised and actively working professionals across many areas, including: Makeup and Hair designers, mould makers, sculptors, costume designers, breakdown artists, costume cutters and more!

  • What will I learn?

    You will learn from industry professionals a mix of practical skills that are requested by employers nowadays as well as developing a range of theory elements to support practice and industry etiquette. You will learn experiment with the latest products, tools and materials to create unique results for the screen.

  • Example modules

    • The Costume Dept - design, drawing, fabric and sewing
    • Makeup for Film/Screen
    • Prosthetics sculpting, moulding and casting
    • Prosthetic application techniques
    • FXs techniques
    • Introduction to Film business and roles
    • Entrepreneurial skills
    • Period and Modern Hair and Makeup
    • Bald caps, facial hair and ageing
    • Sculpting for costume
    • Costume breakdown
    • Silhouettes
    • Costume cutting techniques
    • Sewing techniques
    • Character selection and research
    • Breaking down script up and crewing up
    • Portfolio making skills
  • How will I be assessed?

    There are eight units to achieve which will be divided across a number of assignments of both theory and practical work. Across the programme you will have continuous assessment from all those that provide the teaching and learning experience including dedicated tutorials. Each unit is individually graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall weighting given at the end.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants need to be 18 or over. It is desirable for students to have attained GCSEs English and maths and achieved a Level 3 in a related discipline. Applications from candidates with good levels of literacy and numeracy will be considered for mature candidates and a flare for the subject area.

    A professional interview and a workshop will be required.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Students who complete the course may wish to continue their progression journey onto the BA qualification or enter the world of work.

    There are many different options available to you within this group of departments and this industry led Diploma will open you up tofurther studyor tobegin a careeras atraineeorapprenticefor the following roles: Prosthetics Supervisor / Prosthetics Technician / Senior Prosthetics Artist / Prosthetic Artist /Junior Prosthetic Artist /Make-Up Designer /Make- Up Supervisor /Make-up Artist / Prosthetic Supervisor / Make-up Assistant / Crowd Supervisor / Hair Designer / Chief Hairdresser / Hair Supervisor / Hairdresser /Wig Maker/Costume Designer /Costume Supervisor /Wardrobe Supervisor /Assistant Costume Designer /Illustrator /Costume Department Assistant /Buyer /Cutter /Seamstress /Leather Worker / Mould Maker /Metal Constructor / Costume Breakdown Artist /Costume Art Finisher / Key Costume / On Set Costume Supervisor / Personal Dresser/ Costume Assistant

  • Cost of Study

    £6,000. Student finance is available, please contact our Admissions team for more information

  • Additional Information

    This course is in conjunction with our partners CMS at Pinewood, the course is 2/3 taught at Pinewood in a professional environment and 1/3 at Amersham using the expertise of our experienced teaching team.

    There will be a requirement to buy some kit. Professional dress at all times.

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Qualification Level Level 4
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FMHMUL4DP-1
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