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University College Birmingham: Prosthetics for Film and Television

Institution University College Birmingham View institution profile
Department X Legacy: School of Sports and Creative Studies - BA/BSc
Study type Taught


OVERVIEW From top feature films to big budget TV and streaming series, high-end productions need skilful prosthetics professionals who know how to wow audiences, with almost 60,000 people working in the film industry. In direct response to calls from screen employers for better skills training, our Prosthetics for Film and Television postgraduate course will teach you the advanced techniques to create unique characters for the screen in this exciting and highly competitive sector.

Our course at University College Birmingham is led by prosthetics experts who have worked on famous productions including Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who. Learning from the pros, you will master your technical skills in our cutting-edge prosthetics suite, including an editorial studio to photograph and screen test work for your portfolio. You will also learn how to deal with complex issues behind the scenes, including how to change and refine designs as a production progresses.

To give you the advantage in what is predominantly a freelance-driven industry, our prosthetics master’s course features a voluntary placement to give you valuable real-world experience. In addition, you will learn how to answer the most diverse commercial briefs and build on your entrepreneurial skills, ensuring you are ready to go out and make your mark.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? - Practical application – Hone your practical skills working in our purpose-built prosthetics workshops on campus

  • Work placement – Our strong industry links give you the opportunity to undertake invaluable work placements in the commercial world

  • Expert teaching – Work and study with industry professionals, including lecturers who have created incredible prosthetics for the likes of Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

  • Enrichment – Meet and hear from a diverse mix of speakers with vast experience and real insight into the industry

FACILITIES University College Birmingham hosts purpose-built prosthetics workshops equipped for processes ranging from sculpting and fibreglass resin mould-making to casting of silicone and foam latex prosthetic pieces. We also have a latex mixing room, dust room and state-of-the-art extraction, giving you a professional and safe environment to develop your technical skills.

If you're looking to work in the editorial fashion sector, the suite includes an editorial studio where you can learn how to perfect your hair and make-up work for the camera and how to light, compose and take professional studio shots.

PLACEMENTS Our course features a voluntary work placement, and we will work alongside employers to enable you to form connections for placement at the end of your first year. You will have developed the skills, confidence and resilience required to take on industry-led work opportunities. It should be noted that placement opportunities are quite often at short notice and require travel, so it will be crucial to prepare for this.

CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course: - Make-up artist

  • Prosthetics artist

  • Prosthetics technician

  • Production designer (theatre/TV/film)

  • Artworker

  • Runner (broadcasting/film/video)

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University College Birmingham


Degree courses accredited by the University of Warwick
Studying a master’s degree at University College Birmingham, you can really tailor your course to your chosen career and make an immediate impact when you graduate. And the vast majority of its MA and MSc degrees are accredited by the University of Warwick, ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian 2022 league table.

Its postgraduate degrees are highly-specialised, whether you are looking to go into management in the field of aviation, accounting, business and enterprise, tourism, marketing or culinary arts, lead the way in education, work on prosthetics …

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