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Production Arts

New for the 2015-16 academic year.

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to explore various sides of the Production Arts Industry in Make-up and Prosthetics.

Production Arts - Subsidiary Diploma

There are different pathways available to study Production Arts Make-up; however you initially you will begin with the basics of make-up application skills and its creative uses in performance. Later units will cover special effects make-up, hairstyling and dressing for performers, make-up using prosthetics, make-up for performers, and finally a production arts workshop working with a local theatre production.

You will develop your skills for industry by producing work for briefs and clients, building a portfolio as you progress. You will work on project briefs commissioned by local businesses and organisations that will test your ability to adapt to different situations as well as produce effective solutions for customers. You will also work very closely with the photography and drama department working on photo shoots and drama productions. Throughout the course you will build links with local photographers, production companies, theatres, make-up professionals and agencies. You will be introduced to all areas of employment within the field, and the pathways for higher education.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C grades with English and Maths. As of 2017, this will include at least a grade 4 (old Grade Cs) in English Language OR Literature as well as Maths. A grade ‘C’ in a GCSE Art-based/creative subject, or level 2 equivalent, would be advantageous for showing your ability to cope with the Level 3 study specialism. Upon gaining an interview for the Art & Design course you must bring with you a Portfolio of work.


100% coursework. Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and studio spaces, your Learning Coach will assess you in the following ways:

  • Portfolios (digital and print)
  • Presentations & Digital work folders
  • Research and annotation
  • Quality of practical skills and abilities
  • Professionalism


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Production Arts Department’s core resources are:

  • Dinair Airbrushing Systems
  • Illamasque Make-Up Kit
  • Make up Stations in the photography studio
  • Industry standard Nikon and Canon cameras
  • Studio lights, reflectors and screens
  • The latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud software

Cross Curricular Resource Sharing & Learning

Thanks to an open plan office style environment, the Studio School is quite literary designed from the ground up to promote collaboration between students. This enables learning to take place not just in lessons but at any time, anywhere. Students share ideas for upcoming projects and provide feedback on current projects. This type of social interaction is such an important skill and something few environments can offer. It’s not just about #CreateYourself, but #ShareLearnImprove.

Trips & Enrichment

The Production Arts department at the Creative and Media Studio School works hard to support the development of practical skills balanced with necessary theoretical understanding. Our Tutor believes in developing student’s appreciation for wide range of Make-up Production pathways that exist. Should you be one of these students you will be involved in various types of projects, (both planned and experimental), that will support your technical know-how and also your personal development.
Here’s how:

  • Links with practising Photographers and Make-up artists  who often drop into sessions to provide insightful feedback and advice on your skills for the real world of Make-up
  • Live project briefs that allow you to work with organisations across Kirklees - from agencies in Fashion and modelling, to theatres and production companies allowing you to gain experience necessary for competing within industry
  • Visits to professional make-up artists in studios to gain an appreciation of the variety of different, creative work that is produced in the industry
  • Planning the annual C&MSS exhibition, will enable you to display your collaborative work along with other Art & Design students, to showcase the talent that has been developed throughout the year
  • Experimental sessions that enable you to experiment with the equipment to its full potential.

Outstanding Results

Awaiting results following the first cohort to complete in 2018

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways: Make-up/ FX or related subject at University / Make up Artist / Commercial Make-up / Fashion & Editorial Make-up / Special FX Artist / Theatre Make-up/ Body and Face Painting/ Beauty/ Television/ Films and Music/ Personal services: ie; wedding make-up.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


I feel really privileged to be doing something I love with people that share the same passion. At the Studio School we inspire young artist's minds and support their creativity.

Wendy Taylor

Fine Art Coach

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make otherssee; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Wonder if. Think 'why not?' Explore how. Learn from craft professionals. Apply Knowledge. Make it happen. Enjoy success.

Sally Broadbent

Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

Music is a gateway to other cultures and traditions. Through it we explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music."

Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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