Production Arts

Designed for those who want to go on to work in the creative make-up industries this course offers an exciting chance to learn the tricks of the trade. Offering practical hands-on experience you’ll learn specialist techniques including theatrical hair and make-up design, prosthetics and special effects.

What will you do?

Working on your own projects, practical assignments and real productions, including theatre shows, film and fashion productions, you’ll learn fundamental make-up techniques, corrective make- up, HD, theatrical, photographic and period makeup, special effects, prosthetics, hair and wigs, make-up design, alongside production planning.

Is it right for you? 

If you are a creative thinker and enjoy creating new and exciting looks then this is the course for you. As a make-up artist you’ll need to enjoy working with people, have a close attention to detail and keep up to date with the latest trends.

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Production Arts – Makeup Level 3

This course is designed for those who would like to work in the creative make-up industry, in areas such as: theatre, TV, film and photography, or for those who want to prepare for higher education in a related subject. It will give you a solid practical skills base covering fundamental make-up techniques; corrective, HD, theatrical, photographic, special effects, period, body painting, prosthetics, hair and wigs, make-up design and production planning. By working on projects and assignments which are linked to real theatre, film and fashion show productions, you will gain the wide variety of skills and knowledge that will prepare you for the make-up industry.

Attendance: Full-time
Duration: One year with two-year option
Starting date: September 2019
Location: Teesdale campus

What will you do?

  • Practical make-up: theatrical, HD, special-effects, fashion, catwalk, period, body-painting, postiche.
  • Production planning: script, character, research, design, continuity, planning, health & safety.
  • Production work: pantomime, musical theatre, short films, music video, fashion shows, exhibition work.
  • Design & drawing: sketchbook, mood-board, life drawing, mask making, face charts.

How will I learn?

Through working on projects and assignments which are linked to real theatre, film and fashion show productions, you will gain the wide variety of skills and knowledge that will prepare you for the make-up industry.

How am I assessed?

Sketchbooks, production folders, observation, portfolios, photographs, working logs, presentations and written reports are all used as evidence for grading.

You need:

  • Four GCSEs grade 4/C and above (including English and preferably an art related subject)
  • BTEC Level 2 in a related subject
  • Appropriate industry/work experience
  • Interview

Why English and Maths matter…

You may need to follow detailed instructions, record work and produce design plans. You will need to measure and order materials and, if working as a freelance, you will need to price your time and work.

What’s next?

You could progress onto a foundation degree in media make-up or related production arts subject. You can secure work in the television, theatre or film industry, as a freelance make-up artist, or in photography studios, retail or teaching.

What else do I need to know?

Kit, uniform and stationery requirements will be discussed during the induction process.

Career Pathways

English & Maths
Depending on your previous grades, you may be required to study English and maths. This is a great way of getting skills employers really want. Your tutor can answer any questions regarding this.Work Experience/Employability
Getting you set for work is important. That’s why we work closely with employers on a range of projects. Previous students have a wide range of work experience in areas such as airports, popular tourist destinations and high-profile events. Our dedicated online ‘My Work Search’ will help you prepare for future job opportunities.

Social and Personal Development
Our students are expected to develop in a range of areas including independent study, teamwork, presentations, cv writing, time management, customer service skills and use of ICT and VLE. Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.