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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.

New Specifications for Production Arts will be released for September 2018.

Production Arts

Production Arts - the skill of creating “art” using make up and specialist products and techniques! This is a really exciting course that really explores the boundaries and potential of make-up artistry. At the Creative & Media Studio School you can study up to 1 A level equivalent in this area. This course is designed to give you the skills, techniques, and specialist knowledge required to be successful in the Production Arts sector.

You will study the essential core components of make-up application through the mandatory units. This will then give you the essential grounding and skills to progress onto the more dynamic, creative optional units where you can explore your potential in mask making, prosthetics, and scenic painting (to name but a few!).

By studying this course, you will be encouraged to perform at industry standard level as you perform your tasks on live clients in real work contexts.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Production Arts should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a portfolio that expresses your creativity along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.


Currently all the assessments in Production Arts are assessed by your Course Tutor. These include:

  • 2 core units - Production Arts Workshops and Make-up Application Skills and Creative uses in performance.
  • 4 optional units - focused on specialist make up techniques (from ‘Puppet Design’ to ‘Period Make-up’ to ‘Fantasy Hair Design’).

However, a new specification is expected in the early months of 2018 and it is strongly suspected an exam-based element will be introduced. Please see our website for updated information or log onto UCAS progress.


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

The Studio School provides students with their starter packs; however the course does require the ongoing purchasing of cosmetics. 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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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

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Fashion Coach

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