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Production Arts

Popular new creative course!

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

Why study Production Arts?

Production arts is the study of make up in the TV/Film/Media industry. It is a highly creative course which explores all areas of make-up – from SFX, Airbrushing, Beauty, Vintage, Period, Prom, Bridal, Theatrical and prosthetics. Production Arts also explores costume making for productions and editorial fashion photography.

Students also explore how to master modern beauty techniques such as cut creasing, foiling, baking, highlighting, contouring, stencilling and much more.

Special FX make up covers using alcohol activated palettes, ageing products, creating and sculpting your own prosthetics from gelatine, silicone, gel, wax or latex. All learners are taught how to cast and more advanced learners have cast their own full heads to create full face prosthetic masks.
Learners can progress via university or apprentiships but are ultimately job ready when leaving the course.

Students are also offered full use of a photography studio to create professional portfolios in order to self-promote and sell their new found skills. All learners are encouraged from the offset to create MUA accounts and are fully supported in creating MUA tutorials if they wish.

The course offers MAC and Illamasqua affiliation with student discounts. Students can also purchase Illamasqua kits with a fantastic discount of up to 50% off.

A full master kit of high end products such as ABH, Illamsqua, MAC, Jeffree Star, OFRA, PLouise, Cover FX and much more are available to students for final pieces and make up photoshoots.

This is in addition to an SFX master kit of latex, AA palettes, ageing products, silicones, gelatines, fake bloods, latex, alginates and sculpting materials.

Trips include a visit to Bolton University, Bradford University and we have guest speakers ranging from Illamasqua, specialist in drag make up and professional MUA’s to discuss the industry and deliver Q&A sessions to students.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/ Diploma in Production Arts

Sub Diploma
6 make up units focusing on SFX make up, Period make up, Make up techniques, Prosthetics, Mask Making and Theatrical Productions

12 units which combine 6 above make up artistry units with an additional 6 costume design units.
You will work closely with the Performing Arts department to create costumes for the theatre productions and fashion show


Students are assessed on the units delivered in a variety of ways including:

  1. Completion of live briefs
  2. Group and individual presentations
  3. Practical Assessments
  4. Creation of a portfolio

Specific Entry Requirements

Studio School entry requirements apply and all candidates will be interviewed
It is strongly recommended that applicants have experience with a creative subject such as Fine Art. Production Arts works in a way that your model is your canvas, so advanced art skills go a long way!

You will need to show a creative body of work, which can take many forms; this can be through a creative GCSE or a personal body of work (portfolio) or a collection of Instagram make up looks you have achieved. Students who have no prior experience will be taught from scratch – but may find the course difficult at first.


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

Trips & Enrichment

Students are offered a wide range of extra-curricular networking and business engagement opportunities. Students are also familiarised with industry standard products and brands.

The course has educational visits to: 

  • Bradford University Media Course at Bradford University.
  • Illamasqua Leeds (Masterclass).
  • Ilkley Playhouse (Christmas Play): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (work experience).
  • Huddersfield University to support at the annual Fashion Show. 
  • The IMATS London event and Comicon. 

You will meet the following visitors as part of your learning and understanding of key specialist make up units:

  • Illamasqua – DrewAshleyne.
  • Drag Queen MUA’s – Matt Walsh.
  • Bolton University SFX team.
  • Lisa Dawkins ‘Lisa B Make-UP’.
  • Bradford College BA Media Make Up.

Industry Connections

As we are a visual arts college students are eligible for Mac Pro Student discount. We are also part of the Illamasqua College Programme which means Students can purchase Illamasqua CMSS kits during enrolment at a 30% discount rate.

Students spend their time between the well-equipped make-up studio and the Photography studios so they can build their portfolio. Additionally, students are introduced to vlogging, blogging and are shown how to begin their own online MUA presence.

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.

Notice for Parents

Please note: Students will be required to purchase a kit of materials and equipment at the approx price of £185. Please Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details. We do offer a bursary fund to support students on free school meals and for students experiencing unexpected hardship. Please speak to the course tutor for further information if you foresee this as a problem.

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 16 – 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


My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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