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Creative and Media Studio School

Production Arts

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

Why study Production Arts?

Media Make-up and SFX 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 (Special effects), 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 apprenticeships 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.

As most MUA’s work freelance or selfemployed; we have introduced a new unit where students learn what it takes to work in this way. They will research legislations, insurance, book keeping, law and much more to prepare them to work in the industry from the offset. 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 Foundation Diploma in Production Arts

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Make Up) 1.5 A-level (equivalent) What your course involves 5 practical units focusing on illusion body painting, SFX make up, Period make up, Make up techniques, Prosthetics, and Theatrical Productions. As well these; as a theoretical unit has been designed to prepare students to work in the industry through meeting with industry professionals, research and visits to areas of work for an MUA.


Students are assessed on the units delivered in a variety of ways including :Students are assessed on the units delivered in a variety of ways including: Completion of live brief Group and individual presentations Practical Assessments 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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