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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Prosthetics (Medical Technology) Sculpture

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

FX Prosthetic Makeup and Sculpting is one of the most popular areas within the craft departments of the film industry, enabling creative professionals to test and explore the different techniques, products and materials available, and making them evolve in sync with emerging technologies at play.

Our MA in Prosthetics and Sculpting programme will help equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience to work in this sector either in the UK or internationally. It is mainly delivered in Creative Media Skills’ facilities, based at Pinewood Studios, and you will also need to travel to our High Wycombe Campus.

The programme combines a core set of skills with direct experience working alongside industry professionals, learning some of the detailed skills required to work at the highest levels of excellence while connecting with fellow students from other disciplines and industry employers.

The programme will help you familiarise yourself with the context of the internationally funded film industry, in particular to the FX Prosthetics and Sculpting departments, and you will gain a practical understanding of the skills required to produce industry-approved characters. You will also gain practical insights into personal entrepreneurial and portfolio skills in order to improve employability and help foster a long and successful career.

This course has been specifically designed by, and led by, industry employers, whose credits include: Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypto, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, Darkest Hour, Mad Max: Fury Road, to name a few. This programme has also been developed with specialist staff from Bucks New University’s School of Art, Design and Performance, which brings together students from across a range of creative disciplines, enabling interdisciplinary access to expertise and facilities.

Course Details

This programme is industry led; you will meet and learn from some of the most recognised and actively working makeup designers, FX Makeup artists, sculptors and producers in the industry. This will enable you to focus your time on building contacts, while learning cutting-edge FX makeup and sculpting techniques for creating unique characters, sculptures and models. The MA will provide you with a practical understanding of the production of industry-approved techniques, as well creating pathways into the industry.


What are my career prospects

Career opportunities include: 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; and Crowd Supervisor.

Different course options

Full time | High Wycombe Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Critical and Historical Contexts
Professional Skills
Major Project
Advanced Prosthetics & Character Design
FX & Prosthetics Essentials

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject. If you do not have any formal academic qualifications but do have experience in the industry and previous training in a relevant area, we will consider your application on an individual basis. We are very open to those who show relevant experience useful to the degree. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

University information

The University puts their focus on employability, that’s why their courses are continually developing with the industries, meaning when you graduate you’ll be job-ready. Bucks are proud to have earned a Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018, and to have been recognised for creating a supportive learning community with small class sizes, highly interactive teaching and focused employment-related studies. They also...more