Prosthetics for Film and Television

MA

Accredited by University College Birmingham.

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Course Award

MA

Duration

18 months FT

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

September

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£1.3m invested in practical facilities

Wide range of job opportunities in prosthetics, make-up and the wider film and TV industry

From top feature films to big budget TV and streaming series, high-end productions need skilful prosthetics professionals who know how to wow audiences, with almost 60,000 people working in the film industry. In direct response to calls from screen employers for better skills training, our Prosthetics for Film and Television postgraduate course will teach you the advanced techniques to create unique characters for the screen in this exciting and highly competitive sector.

Our course at University College Birmingham is led by prosthetics experts who have worked on famous productions including Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who. Learning from the pros, you will master your technical skills in our cutting-edge prosthetics suite, including an editorial studio to photograph and screen test work for your portfolio. You will also learn how to deal with complex issues behind the scenes, including how to change and refine designs as a production progresses.

To give you the advantage in what is predominantly a freelance-driven industry, our prosthetics master’s course features a voluntary placement to give you valuable real-world experience. In addition, you will learn how to answer the most diverse commercial briefs and build on your entrepreneurial skills, ensuring you are ready to go out and make your mark.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Hone your practical skills working in our purpose-built prosthetics workshops on campus
  • WORK PLACEMENT - Our strong industry links give you the opportunity to undertake invaluable work placements in the commercial world
  • EXPERT TEACHING – Work and study with industry professionals, including lecturers who have created incredible prosthetics for the likes of Game of Thrones and Doctor Who
  • ENRICHMENT – Meet and hear from a diverse mix of speakers with vast experience and real insight into the industry

Our facilities

Our purpose-built prosthetics workshops at University College Birmingham are designed to encourage innovation and inventiveness, giving you the ideal environment to develop the advanced technical skills you need to flourish in the sector.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Casualty Simulation

This module will provide an in-depth study of the human anatomy, structure, function and proportion being a primary focus. Students will utilise their anatomical knowledge to sculpt, mould, cast, colour and create realistic body parts to simulate surgical procedures in relation to a given brief. The culmination of these final body parts will be presented to an audience and will incorporate blood and bladder work to simulate functions of the organs/body during surgery on cue.

Character Essentials

This module will embrace the role of the prosthetic artist for film and television by working behind the scenes to a specific industry scenario/brief. Students will design and plan character prosthetic make-up transformations through analysis of the design scenario/brief and researching appropriate industry methods and materials. Students will then realise these designs, working to a budget to create a series of prosthetic appliances, with face/neck and hands being a primary focus. The completed character prosthetic transformations will then be screen tested to demonstrate the functionality of the transformation. Continuity skills will be demonstrated by reproducing the transformation again on a separate shoot day in order to gain footage and stills, which will be used as professional portfolio pieces.

Concept Artist

Sculpture is a three dimensional, visual language which forms a foundation for many artistic creations within the creative arts sector. Being able to sculpt in both clay and digital mediums will enable you to communicate effectively with clients and production teams for film and TV character prosthetics. Whilst the processes of working in clay or digital media are very different, each one requires artistic ability, creativity, precision, accuracy and manual dexterity. This module will focus around both digital manipulation and traditional sculpture in order for you to design characters aligned with industry led briefs. It will teach fundamentals skills through digital packages, such as Photoshop and ZBrush as well as explore the art of sculpture, refining both towards the prosthetic make-up sector.

Professional Standards, Innovation and Practice

This module will help to prepare students for onward employability within the commercial sector. It will give students experience working within a commercial studio towards specific client briefs. The module allows students the opportunity to investigate a potential skill gap, innovation or opportunity within the sector in order to present a practical response to the identified, demonstrating their understanding of the sector and advancement of their technical skill. Students will present their practical response to develop skills within networking, self-promotion and critical analysis in order to show an application of the key technical and transferable skills reflective of onward employability within their sector.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution (with a sound knowledge of prosthetics make-up).
  • Submission of a portfolio and a cover sheet authenticating your work. If your portfolio is successful, you may be invited to meet with the teaching team for an interview to discuss your work.

Portfolio requirements

Your portfolio should show us who you are as an artist, so we want you to pick the work that you have completed over your career or studies that you are most proud of. Please see this as an opportunity to show us the visual diary of your progression and the skills sets you have mastered to date.

Your portfolio will demonstrate a strong commitment to the subject area and will display certain specialist skills, which will be developed further in the first year of the course.

Upon submission of your application, you will be given information on how to submit your portfolio.

What do we want to see in your portfolio?

  • Portfolio – We require you to submit no more than 15 images (maximum) showcasing your work, which should have an artistic style running through it. Your portfolio should be well-edited, dynamic and strong.
  • Cover sheet – Please submit a cover sheet that validates the work as your own. This can be an explanation of how the work you have submitted has been completed.

What will we be assessing?

We will be assessing the following fundamental areas: awareness of practice, knowledge of discipline, and innovation and individuality.

We will evaluate your engagement with prosthetic concepts, as well as your level of artistry skills. We want to also see your individuality come through within your portfolio.

EU/international students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Additional

If you have any questions, please send us an email:

Home and EU applicants: pg@ucb.ac.uk

International applicants: international@ucb.ac.uk

Key information

Teaching and assessment

This postgraduate course will be delivered by a variety of methods including lectures, demonstrations, experiential and reflective learning, all supported with additional workshop time. You will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers and leading specialists from industry.

You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research to ensure an interactive and personalised learning experience. Your work will undergo industry-led processes, such as screen testing, continuity and character transformations within classes.

You will be assessed by a range of methods to encourage the development of a full portfolio of your own work. These include filmed screen tests, reflective journals, CPD work logs, reports, practical skills exhibitions, sculpture maquette and 3D designs case studies.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £500, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

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of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

 

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our MA Prosthetics for Film and TV course features a voluntary work placement, and we will work alongside employers to enable you to form connections for placement at the end of your first year. You will have developed the skills, confidence and resilience required to take on industry-led work opportunities. It should be noted that placement opportunities are quite often at short notice and require travel, so it will be crucial to prepare for this.

We are thrilled to be able to offer students a progression route from further education to higher and then postgraduate within the creative service industries. Our first master’s course will enable BA (Hons) graduates the chance to gain advanced skill sets and commercial awareness to compete with advantage in the freelance sector.

Tsai Lovett Acting Dean of School of Sport and Creative Services

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Make-up artist

Average Salary: £21,161

Artworker

Average Salary: £28,500

Production designer, theatre/television/film

Variable

Runner, broadcasting/film/video

Variable

Prosthetics technician

Variable

Prosthetics artist

Variable

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Having worked on top shows like Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, lecturer Alex discusses how our course will help you follow in her footsteps.

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