HNC – Foundation Makeup, Prosthetics, Hair & Costume

This brand new and exciting HNC is designed by industry pros to introduce you to a career in the Costume Makeup hair and Prosthetics department for Film.

  • 1 year
  • student finance available 

Course Summary

Study mode: Blended Learning | Location: Pinewood Studios | Duration: 1 Year | Start Date: September/October 2018

  • Basic hair 
  • Basic makeup
  • Simple prosthetics
  • Casualty makeup
  • Basic wigs
  • Wig Blocking
  • Pattern cutting
  • Creating silhouettes
  • Costume painting
  • Script breakdowns
  • Call sheets
  • Set etiquette
  • Basic continuity
  • Entrepreneurial skills 

Structure Learning and Assessment


  • Duration 12 months
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Price £6000

More information

This brand new and exciting HNC is designed by industry pros to introduce you to a career in the Hair, makeup, prosthetics and Costume departments for the Film Industry

Splitting your time between the Bucks College Group Amersham Campus and our state of the art studio base in the heart of Pinewood Studios you will meet and learn from some of the most recognised and actively working hair makeup prosthetics and costume department professionals across many areas, including: designers, makers, buyers, sculptors, cutters and more!

This Diploma will enable you to develop a firm understanding of the roles and possibilities of careers in the hair makeup costume and prosthetics departments for film. You will develop technical skills, whilst at the same time meet future employers and gain a real life understanding of the different options available to you in this flourishing industry.

This diploma will provide you with industry-approved skills, soft skills as well as pathways into the industry.

  • The UK film industry currently contributes £7.7bn to the economy (ref 1), currently employing 80,000 people with over 30,000 new opportunities over the next few years (ref 2).
  • Diploma courses will welcome exclusive groups of 18 students max to ensure valuable contact time with tutors.
  • Since incorporation in 2012 Creative Media Skills have trained crew members who have worked on many of the major international blockbuster films and high-end TV productions made in the UK such as: Star Wars The Force awakens, Rogue 1, Spectre, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Game of Thrones, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Jurassic World 2, Star Wars the Last Jedi, Marco Polo, Outlander, Jason Bourne, Pan, Wonder Woman, Ready Player One, King Arthur legend of the Sword, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, Poldark, The Queen, Doctor Dolittle, Mary Poppins, Solo a Star Wars Story to name only a few. 


Who is this for?

Entry criteria: It is desirable for students to have attained GCSEs English but applications from candidates with good levels of literacy and numeracy will be considered. No previous qualifications are required for this course. We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

Duration: One year full-time 

Start Dates: Jan 2019 or September 2019

Structure: 3 semesters of 12 weeks | 2 full – eight hour days per week of classroom study and independent learning hours.

Finance: Full student finance available subject to eligibility more for details click here 

Interview required: Yes, a professional interview and a workshop will be required.

Places are limited

Progression: BA qualifications are available to target specific areas within the film industry you may identify for further study during this diploma.

Career Opportunities: There are many different options available to you within this group of departments and this industry led Diploma will open you up to further study or to begin a career as a trainee or apprentice for the following roles: Prosthetics Supervisor / Prosthetics Technician / Senior Prosthetics Artist / Prosthetic Artist /Junior Prosthetic Artist /Make-Up Designer /Make- Up Supervisor /Make-up Artist / Prosthetic Supervisor / Make-up Assistant /  Crowd Supervisor / Hair Designer / Chief Hairdresser / Hair Supervisor /  Hairdresser /Wig Maker / Costume Designer /Costume Supervisor /Wardrobe Supervisor /Assistant Costume Designer /Illustrator /Costume Department Assistant /Buyer /Cutter /Seamstress /Leather Worker / Mould Maker /Metal Constructor / Costume Breakdown Artist /Costume Art Finisher / Key Costume / On Set Costume Supervisor / Personal Dresser/  Costume Assistant

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