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New Courses

With the Industry continuously evolving, ShortCourses@NFTS monitors skills shortage, new technology and working practices and offers innovative new courses to meet these needs.

New Courses COURSES

Next Course dates:
20 November, 2017 to 27 November, 2017

This new 6 day course (weekend off) is designed to help professional actors, both new and experienced, make the transition from stage work to screen work.  This will be achieved by a series of workshops, rehearsals and shooting sessions based on screenplays from well -established writers and supported by a professional crew and editor in the nation’s leading film school.

The transition is not merely a practical one - it impacts directly on the way you approach performance.

By the end of the course participants should feel at ease with the camera, and at home on a set while understanding the complications of capturing a full-length narrative for the screen. It also means you won’t feel like an outsider when you turn up to casting sessions for screen work and will feel comfortable with any recording that may go on there.

The course is led by BAFTA-award winning director TONY SMITH (Tutti Frutti, Inside Out, Hancock, The Rotters and Trevor Griffiths’ Oi for England).

He has directed a host of actors ranging from Sir Michael Gambon, Sir Robert Stephens and Alan Howard, through Emma Thompson, Richard Wilson and Alfred Molina to Rafe Spall, Andy Serkis, Haydn Gwynne and Cara Delevingne.

Some of the topics covered:

The actor, the camera and the microphone.

“Someone stole the audience; where’s my focus now?”

The film set and the film crew.

“It was like trying to play a first night while the tech run was still going on. Who are all those people cluttering up the set?”

Performance in a non-chronological medium

“Just how many times do I have to play this moment?” “You mean I have to chuck her before I’ve even fallen in love with her?”

Reappraising naturalism.

“That camera is relentless. I feel a bit exposed”

On the sixth and final day participants will review their filmed sequences in the company of a major leading actor

  • Number of places:
    10
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1000
  • Length: 8 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £2000
Next Course dates:

At one point we've all looked at one of the most recent blockbusters in the cinema or on the television and wondered; “how did they get it to look like that?” From the eye-popping colours of Utopia (Channel 4) to the blue/orange colour contrast of the big-hit action films and the grim majesty of The Bridge (BBC Four), the answer is the craft of Colour Grading. In this course, find out how to add that final layer of polish to your projects and elevate them to truly cinematic status.

This course is aimed at introducing film-makers to the craft of colour grading and to allow them to proceed with their own projects in confidence. There will be a focus on practical work, grading example footage, and also discussions on best workflow practices and how to manage a project through the grade most effectively.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to bring their projects into Da Vinci Resolve and perform a basic grade, then export their project back out to their choice of NLE program. Producers and Directors will also be better equipped to approach freelancers and manage their projects from grade through to online edit and finish.

This course is taught by Matthew Falconer, a freelance Colourist working in Da Vinci Resolve who has produced work for BBC World, corporate clients such as DHL and the NHS and various indie feature films for UK and international distribution. Matthew has also taught Da Vinci Resolve and colour grading at UWE Bristol and the Central Film School in London.

Matthew's Corporate Showreel can be found here

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £345
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £695
Next Course dates:

The British and American film industries have for many decades had a close relationship. This unique course, exclusive to ShortCourses@NFTS, offers an insider’s guide to how to get the American’s on board your projects.

Why do I need to know about working with the Americans?

·         Countless UK titles owe their finance to the US, and several key players in the UK industry such as Working Title are owned by US studios.

·         With an enhanced knowledge of what the Americans are looking for, how they work and how to meet them, British directors, producers, writers who are 'American friendly’ have a much better chance of getting their project made.

Jesse Israel is a film producer based in Los Angeles, with credits including The Blind Side, The Book of Eli, Lottery Ticket and P.S. I Love You. His four-day course provides an invaluable insight into the workings of the US film industry and gives practical advice to UK filmmakers about how to form productive, long-lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

What does the course provide?

·         An insider’s guide to how the America film business works

·         The tools you need to effectively research the US business and build your own network

·         Workshops to effectively package and pitch and sell your projects

·         A solid road map to develop your career

 

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £695
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1075
Next Course dates:

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

This is the first course in the UK dedicated to VFX Producing as a career.

Carlos Ciudad is a graduate of the NFTS. On leaving the school he decided to base his career as a producer on VFX producing within a company, a possibility just opening up in the UK film industry.  Since that decision he has worked as Visual Production Manager on such major movies as Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book,  The Hunger Games, The Martian and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Over three days, Carlos will introduce participants to the fundamentals of this exciting new career path.

The course will start with an introduction to the visual effects pipeline followed by an overview of VFX tools, technology and equipment. Participants will learn about people management as blockbuster movies often involve large numbers of people, sometimes up to 1000, and require specialist project management skills. A practical session is included where students get hands on and learn to apply the principles of the VFX pipeline when scheduling a movie. The course concludes with a session on how to start a career in the VFX industry, from CV tips to how to find jobs in the industry today.

·         Introduction to Visual Effects Pipeline.

·         Overview of VFX tools, technology & equipment used.

·         The VFX Production Team.

·         VFX Project Management.

·         Scheduling & Budgeting Principles.

·         People Management.

·         How to start a career in the VFX Industry. Resume/CV Workshop.

The skills taught on the course also apply to animation and games so would suit anyone with production experience keen to work in these industries as well as visual effects in movies.

Applicants should have either relevant work experience or knowledge of producing or production management.

There are also a number of Hardship Bursaries attached to this course - childcare cost, disability support etc - the selection criteria of which will be made available upon application.

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £150
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £450
Next Course dates:

This course is aimed at writers who want to build on their existing knowledge, learning how to create compelling Radio Drama in a practical and creative environment. The Writer’s Lab is an 8-day intensive programme (spread over a two week period), which will equip writer’s with the skills to develop an idea through from pitch stage to script, led by the multi award winning Creative Director, Kate Rowland. 

The focus of the course is on working with talented writers with distinctive voices who want like to explore the medium of Radio Drama. Up to twelve writers will be selected who have an original voice, capable of creating believable characters, compelling storylines, and communicating those through strong, emotional dialogue to large radio audiences.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet BBC Radio Drama Commissioner Jeremy Howe and also visit a Radio Drama studio.

Areas covered include:

Brainstorm and writer feedback

The Art of the Pitch

Developing Your Idea

Commissioning Visit to Radio Drama BBC

Individual Script Surgeries

Script Work

Sizzle Tapes

Kate Rowland created and ran BBC Writersroom, an innovative force for new writers at the BBC, commissioned Radio 3’s The Wire, created the BBC TV Drama Writers Festival and previously was Head of BBC Radio Drama. She currently works with Red Planet Pictures.

Kate was the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing. She founded the pioneering Writersroom, working with BBC Drama, Comedy and Children’s, created R3’s ground-breaking strand of new writing The Wire, where she first commissioned writers such as Dennis Kelly, Jack Thorne and Debbie Tucker Green and create the BBC’s TV Drama Writer’s Festival. Kate led development from innovation lab to external partnerships with theatres, film schools and independent companies. A multi-award-winning producer and director, she has been a champion of new voices with projects such as Original Drama Shorts for BBC iPlayer  to BBC Four’s Bollywood Shorts, and Cineast. She has developed talent such as Lee Hall, Sarah Phelps and Stephen Butchard. Work developed through Writersroom includes In The Flesh, Wolfblood, Boy Meets Girl, and From Darkness. Kate was Head of Radio Drama, and won awards for her radical work with writers; previously she was a director at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Young Vic, Soho Theatres and was founder of Altered States Theatre Co. 

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £875
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £900
Next Course dates:
11 September, 2017 to 15 September, 2017

A new course in multi-camera music directing led by DAVID G. CROFT, Head of TV Entertainment at the NFTS

Zero To Rock N Roll will introduce you, on day 1, to the three great principles of directing music on television. Day 2 is learning to Bar Count in the morning and Breaking Down a music script in the afternoon. Day 3 will be preparing your camera script.

The week ends with each participant directing a live band performance in the newly-equipped NFTS TV Studio at Beaconsfield, now the only 4K capable training facility in the country.

The studio floor includes six Sony HD HDC cameras with a variety of lenses. The production control room features the Sony MVS 8000 vision mixer. The Sound Control Room has the Studer Vista 1 digital sound mixer favoured by the BBC.

The five-day course is a unique opportunity to learn the craft of directing multi-camera in a state-of –the-art television studio run by David G Croft  whose many music directing credits include Live Aid, Top of the Pops and Whistle Test.

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1495
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £2800
Next Course dates:

Behind every great movie, stage play and TV Drama is a great casting director. Search the Internet far and wide and you’ll not find a mention of any professional course devoted to the business of casting actors.

Yet it’s a skill all producers and directors of drama need to acquire and learn to work with. What skills and relevant experience do you require for casting?  ShortCourses@NFTS’ 3-day course will be the first in the country to set you on the right path.

Jane Frisby is one of the country’s leading casting directors.  Over a career spanning more than 30 years she has worked with the Peter Crouch Agency, whose clients included Glenda Jackson, Amanda Redman, James Grout and Donal McCann, casting director Liz Cassidy and the renowned Hubbard Casting.  She set up her own casting agency in 1987 where she worked with Mel Smith, Gryff Rhys Jones, David Bailey and Peter Chelsom.  Her feature films include ‘Hear My Song’, ‘Shopping’ and ‘Interview with a Hitman.’  And her discoveries for their very first feature film include Jude Law, John Simm, James Nesbitt, Tara Fitzgerald and Marc Warren.

Over three days, Jane will take participants through the process of casting from page to screen including:

  • Day One
  • The role of the Casting Director in the industry
  • Relationships with the director, producer and agent
  • Skills required, CV credentials/must haves
  • Keeping files on up and coming talent
  • Reading a script
  • Day Two
  • Character breakdowns:
  • Too much info / too little info / what are the MOST important FACTS you need to cast a specific role
  • How to write a 'casting brief' 
  • Where these might be circulated/ and how? 
  • Assessing Agents’ suggestions
  • Setting up a Casting Session/ what information Agents need for Actors. 
  • Running a Casting Session / what you need with you on the day.
  • Follow up / pencils / Recalls.
  • Offers 
  • Working within a budget
  • Day Three
  • A complete casting session with a group actors and based on the same script.
  • Who to contact and how to get a foot in the door.

The course is for participants keen on developing a career in casting and for new producers  and directors wishing to build and develop their skill in the field.

 
 
  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £495
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £950
Next Course dates:
1 November, 2017 to 3 November, 2017

When composing music as commissioned work, the goal should always be to create music of such a quality that it is always a genuinely artistic experience listening to it on its own. The music for film, television and games needs to represent a strong artistic integrity, but because it is there to serve a purpose, finding the right balance between originality and applicability is crucial.

Making a living as a composer, writing for film, tv, games, theatre – anything that contains people or stuff that moves about, really – can be a wonderful life filled with excitement, creative freedom and, well… big money if you make it. And even if you just barely make it, there is still a lot to be gained from such a career besides the money ( which is still very good for any business ). But, it can also be a life filled with too much uncertainty, too many obstacles, a struggle that ends up in total despair and poverty, let alone a shattered ego for everyone around you to enjoy, if your career never really seems to take off.

This 3 day course will give the participants a unique opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the skills and mindsets it takes to have a successful career as a composer writing and producing music for film, tv and games. It will cover as much ground as possible, both in terms of the appropriate composing-techniques and the nuts and bolts of writing and producing music specifically for film, TV and games with an originality that makes it stand out from the crowd.

The course is led by Mathias Nielsen, who is an acclaimed Danish composer. For more than 20 years he has been writing and producing music for film and television at DR Danish Broadcast Corporation, as well as numerous ballets and music for plays performed at the Royal Danish Operahouse and venues all over Europe.

 

This course will cover:

·         How to ”read the mind” of your director / producer / editor.

·         How to pursue the best musical idea for a specific project.

·         How to deal with temp-tracks, and how to write something better.

·         How to find the courage to stay truly original.

·         Finding the right tempo. Understanding the relation between BPM and picture.

·         The deeper analysis: What is this movie / tv-show / thing REALLY about? Subtext via music.

·         Writing by hand vs sequencing in a DAW

·         How to be an artist, but not a difficult one

·         Deciding when to do a demo and when to do an almost final mix for your pitch.

·         Analysing the pitfalls of any given project

·         How to be able to work in almost any given genre.

·         Writing for dialogue.

·         How to get a better workflow. Stay organized, stay inspired.

This course is specifically geared towards those working with music for film, television, games – any place in the creative industry where “the right” music is very much needed, and in high demand. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to take your career as a composer to the next level, through new techniques and a fresh approach.

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £450
  • Length: 3 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £850
Next Course dates:
6 November, 2017 to 17 November, 2017

This two-week course introduces participants new to drama directing to the practical and creative demands of directing for the screen.

It’s led by BAFTA-award- winning director TONY SMITH (Tutti Frutti, Inside Out, England Expects, Oi for England).

Participants will bring their skills and sensibilities regarding text work, performance and interest in directing for the stage to location work, shot building and editing.

At the same time they will encounter the major organisational challenges of pre-production, post production and, of course, the shoot itself while also having an array of crewing departments explained.

The key realities of crafting the whole from a discontinuous series of jigsaw pieces, which only come together after cast and crew have gone home, will be addressed head on.

Questions such as:

  • Am I really expected to draw a storyboard?
  • Does a shot list actually mean what I think it does?
  • Why has it become customary to shoot a film so perversely out of story order?
  • Where has this culture of minimal or no rehearsal sprung up from?
  • What does that dismissive comment about ‘talking heads’ imply?
  • Is retaining artistic control going to be an issue?
  • Why can’t I just go in as I am and do it?

will all be dealt with during ten-days of workshops, seminars and demonstrations supported by the resources of the nation’s leading film school, working with actors and culminating in solo work by each of the participants.

The course offers an introduction from the inside to the new medium and will help take the stress out of your first opportunity of professional screen directing.

‘If theatre is the marriage, film is the mistress.’  Billy Wilder 1938

  • Number of places:
    8
  • Freelance Rate:
    £3000
  • Length: 12 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £3025
Next Course dates:
25 September, 2017 to 29 September, 2017

In association with 

The Live Sports Production programme is designed to benefit the Directors, Replay Operators and Producers in production of a Sports event. Using the brand new, Live TV Simulator, the participants will be able to practise the art of storytelling and learn from various international broadcasting philosophies to broadcast a live event. The theoretical and practical course aims to encourage and develop existing expertise and creativity of participants.

The learning objectives are to understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production, to use the broadcast equipment effectively to adapt to different types of events, to adopt best practice for story telling across slow motion and replays and to understand the various roles in a production team and to work effectively as a team

The sessions involve theory of a Sports production followed by practical exercises on the Live TV Simulator.

The Live TV Simulator has become an integrated training facility built using the latest in live production equipment. It is easy to setup and configure according to the different training scenarios This includes live video servers - enabling up to 16 ISO camera feeds in High Definition 1080i format for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow motion tools and a live video switcher that can be used by multiple trainees simultaneously.

The programme involves use of real-world sports events as training environment. The Simulator aids the tuition for camera operation, Storytelling, directing for television and creating live highlights and replays.

The participants will be able to review & analyse their performance immediately during the training, they will be able to retain a copy of content created as a personal reference material after the training. The simulator is a cost-effective solution for training as it recreates the OB environment, replaces expensive production infrastructures (OB van, fly-away kit or studio gallery)  and provides ‘free’ technical crews (Cameramen, Vision Engineers, Assistants, Technicians, Cable Pullers, etc.)

CreativeSkillset bursaries for up to £1000 are available to people from diverse/underrepresented groups

 

About Creative Skillset: Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom. The Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters to invest in training for the freelance television workforce. The contributors are: BBC, Channel 4 and Five.

  • Number of places:
    11
  • Freelance Rate:
    £1735
  • Length: 5 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £1735
Next Course dates:
25 September, 2017 to 26 September, 2017

In association with

This course provides the operator with a complete system overview of the LSM-XT series servers, the basics in the operation of the system in a Sport Replay workflow as well as some advanced options.  Aimed at Replay operators and editors, no previous operating experience is required to attend.

Course Content

·         Presentation and overview of the system Hardware & Software

·         Presentation of the different control modes (PGM/PRV mode, Multi PGM mode)

·         Basic operation of the system using the remote panel or VGA screen:

                Replay & Slomo

               Clip Management

               Playlist Management

·         Description of Network operations

·         Description of the Setup menu and parameters involved in the basic operations

·         Presentation of the LSM Connect for clips and playlist management

·         Practical exercises on the different subjects

  • Number of places:
    4
  • Freelance Rate:
    £2385
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £2385
Next Course dates:

In association with

This course is aimed at new or relatively inexperienced commentators and producers who do some commentary.

Learning objectives

·         To master the art of radio and TV commentary

·         To add value to a viewers experience through insight and information

·         How to prepare for a sporting event

·         How to modulate and maximise your voice.

·         How to work efficiently with producers and directors.

The course is based on theory and practical sessions aimed at giving commentators a greater understanding of their craft and improving their commentary skills.

 Course content

The workshop is run initially as a group session and then commentators will prepare and deliver off tube commentary of a football match.

Part 1: The real objectives of television sports commentary

•The history of sports commentary – radio to television

•Different commentary styles around the world

•Telling a story

•Enhancing the viewing experience – the real objective for every commentator

Part 2: Planning and preparation

•Knowing your audience and the importance of player identification

•Player biographies and statistics and how to use them

•A system for preparing commentary notes

•Preparing an opener

Part 3: During the match

•Creating a sense of occasion and context, before, during and after the match

•Anticipating key moments

•Voice modulation – creating an ebb and flow

•When to speak and when not to speak!

•Communication with the director – use of the monitor and the lazy button for talkback

Part 4: Commentary Exercise

•Individual commentary exercise (off tube)

•Individual review of performance, discussion and feedback

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

•Have a better understanding of the real objectives of sports commentary

•Be able to prepare for commentary more effectively with the tools to develop their own system of notes

•Be able to create their own commentary style and feel more confident in delivering effective storytelling commentary

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £985
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £985
Next Course dates:

THE IVER ACADEMY and ShortCourses@NFTS

 

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN MAKE-UP & HAIR ARTISTRY

30 weeks / £19,500 inc. VAT

Our most advanced Certificate course provides fully comprehensive training in all aspects of make-up, hair and prosthetics for HDTV, film, theatre and fashion combined with portfolio building and in-house filming experience.

Courses start in January, April and September 

Please apply directly to The Iver Academy (mentioning that you found the training via ourselves)

This course has been designed to deliver the most comprehensive training to fit the needs of today’s media make-up and hair industry. Our course covers all the skills required to reach the high levels of proficiency that are needed in all aspects of make-up, hair and prosthetics.

You will learn how to create accomplished looks for TV, film, theatre and fashion. These will include period make-up, catwalk and editorial, gruesome prosthetics and special effects skills, and also the leading airbrushing techniques. Throughout this 30 week course you will be assessed on all skills, from application techniques to creativity and timings.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They have many years’ experience working on some of the best known films and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you will be learning from the best.

At the end of the 30 week course you will possess the professional skills required to start your career in the media make-up industry. You will know how to work from a brief, break down a script, follow continuity and organise crowd fittings. You will have a portfolio of pictures to show to potential employers when applying for positions and will have gained confidence working on a film set.

 

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous make-up experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a passion and dedication to learn. 

 

Module 1 will take place over 3 weeks.

Welcome, introduction, kit check and basic health and safety

Introduction to media make-up and familiarisation with products

Understanding facial anatomy

Make-up techniques for foundation, highlighting, concealing, correcting, blush, eyes, eyebrows and false lash application and lips

Colour analysis for different skin tones

Skin analysis for working on young and mature skins

Use of hair products

Hair techniques including the use of heated rollers, tongs, straightening and blow drying

Directional setting

Applying hair pieces and extensions

Creation of complete male grooming looks

Putting together complete looks including TV presenter, red carpet and bridal

 

Module 2 will take place over 1 week.

Introduction to facial hair

Sideburn application, including safely removing and cleaning hair pieces

Knotting techniques and practices

Stubble and laying on hair

Facial hair application and dressing, including full beard and moustache

 

Module 3 will take place over 2 weeks.

Introduction to character work; ageing techniques, bald caps and casualty effects

Health and safety for prosthetics and special effects (SFX)

Creation of wounds and scars using a variety of industry materials

Hands-on practice with pro-bondo, silicone guns and sculpt gel

Creation of bruising, burns and skin diseases

Application of silicone and gelatine wounds

Formation of eye swelling and black eye bruising make-up and prosthetics

Further techniques for creation of skin disease effects

 

Module 4 will take place over 3 weeks.

Individual mid-course assessments will take place during this time.

Basis of period work and historical research techniques

Application of switches, clusters, wefts ,wigs and toupees

Blocking and washing wigs and hair pieces

1960s hair and make-up project

1940s hair and make-up project

1920s hair and make-up project

“No make-up” looks

Edwardian hair and make-up project

Victorian hair and make-up project, including hair styling with hot rods, dowelling and Apollo knots

 

Module 5 will take place over 1 week.

Application of tattoos and stencilling

Application of camouflage make-up for face and body

Design and practice of body art

 

Module 6 will take place over 1 week.

Techniques for blocking out eyebrows

Theatrical make-up techniques including ageing

Ballet and Opera hair and make-up looks

Performance art workshop with hands-on projects

 

Module 7 takes place over 1 week

Continuity and script breakdown processes

Industry etiquette

On set, crowd room simulation of presenter hair and make-up looks

Timed facial hair, timed breaking down and timed character looks 

Timed creation of special effect injury look

Character bald cap project

Portfolio building 

 

Module 8 will take place over 2 weeks.

Basic haircutting and barbering using practice heads.

Health and safety training

Introduction to products

Beard trimming

Long hair trimming

Cutting long layers

Cutting a bob

Cutting short layers

Men’s texture cut

Men’s short back and sides

Styling and tonging for long hair, long layers, short layers

Creation of an Italian boy set

Creation of a Velcro set

Portfolio building      

 

Module 9 will take place over 2 weeks.

Life casting - full head and face with alginate and silicone life casting materials

Remoulding casts - using silicone to make multiple copies

Sculpting - practical approach, blocking out form, refining, creating texture & detail

Moulding - creating good edges, making moulds

Casting - running (making) appliances in silicone and gelatine

Application - technique and troubleshooting

Flat mould techniques

Advanced application of prosthetic pieces

Making skin, muscles and other body effects from moulds (for action special effects) and making a blood rig

Creating resin moulds, pieces in gelatine and a silicone eye with visiting maxillofacial prosthetic specialist Rob Whitehead

 

Module 10 will take place over 1 week.

Detailed demonstration of equipment use, cleaning, maintenance, safety procedures and troubleshooting

Demonstration and practical tasks with airbrush and cosmetic make-up for young, mature, male, female and different skin tones.

Practice projects 

Concludes with individual airbrushing projects

 

Module 11 takes place over 4 weeks.

Working within the fashion industry

Correcting, concealing and base techniques

Perfecting complexions

Make-up for darker skin tones

Natural make-up

Eye make-up including natural and heavy eyes, smoky and winged eye looks

Shimmer, cream blushers and lip mix

Editorial looks

Male model make-up and hair

Modern vintage make-up and hair

Front cover looks

Working with gold and silver leaf

Catwalk high ponytail – various styles with quiffs and rolls

Application of hair pieces

Catwalk designs

 

Module 12 takes place over 6 weeks.

Development of skills to create highly complex styles

How to correctly research historical hairstyles and hairdressing techniques

Hollywood hair

Making and using cap plastic partings

Technique of sewing weft into wigs

Application of hair pieces and wigs on stunt performers

Proficient use of Marcel tongs

Advanced techniques to set hair using tape, barrel and pin curls

Application and care of HD lace wigs as used on major feature films

Techniques to steam, set and dress acrylic wigs

How to set and dress men’s period wigs

Male period hair setting using tongs, barrel and pin curls

Male facial hair fashions throughout history

How to build a cage and use padding to support a hairstyle

African and Caribbean hair techniques

How to make a wig fit perfectly when not tailor made for the actor

How to blend the actor's hairline into the wig

How to understand hair continuity

Lock-system hair extensions

 

Module 13 takes place across 3 weeks.

This includes 1 week of portfolio building for fashion looks and 2 weeks of filming prep and experience.

Fashion looks for portfolio building with professional photographers to create images for your portfolio

Final filming project script breakdown

Presentations from a professional camera operator, actor and a professional director

Final filming project, meet and fit actors

Final filming project, preparation of wigs, facial or prosthetics

Real-time filming day on set with professional actors and film crew

Viewing of rushes

Filming feedback sessions with the director

Feedback from actors

Individual assessment and tutor feedback

Graduation and presentation of certificates

 

Please note we may occasionally change advertised tutors or vary the content of the course to suit the demands of the industry.

 

Course Tutors

Our fantastic course tutors have a huge passion for their job, and they have amassed years of experience working with the latest products and techniques used in today’s industry. Our tutors regularly work in the TV, film and fashion industry, and you will be learning from them in the friendly, informal atmosphere of our practical, hands-on training workshops. As we’re based at Pinewood Studios, our studios are right in the heart of the UK’s film industry, so there really is no better place to immerse yourself in the craft.

All our class demonstrations are projected onto an HD screen, allowing every student to have a close-up view of the action. Students are encouraged to practice all the new techniques they learn with our tutors, who will then view & assess their finished work on an HD screen under studio lighting conditions. Our tutors will then provide constructive feedback on each completed task to help students learn and improve their skills.

 

Included

A professional make-up and hair kit is included within the price of the course, for students to keep once they have graduated. This is worth over £1000 and includes products and tools from MAC, Laura Mercier, Clinique and Kryolan. We have a large selection of wigs, facial hair and SFX materials that will be made available to you for use in our studios.

 

Aftercare

Starting your professional career as a qualified make-up and hair artist

At The Iver Academy, you don’t just benefit from the best tutors in the industry; our placement agency helps students find real industry work experience and placements once they have finished their chosen course. Your placements will be relevant to the skills you have learned. This is a free service that is available to all graduates of our courses.

 

Visit our agency page for more information on the ways we can help students find vital hands-on industry experience.

  • Number of places:
    16
  • Freelance Rate:
    £19500
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £19500
Next Course dates:

THE IVER ACADEMY and ShortCourses@NFTS

12 weeks / £9,800 inc. VAT

Our 12 week beginner’s certificate course in HDTV, film and theatre make-up and hair. This course excludes haircutting and barbering.

Courses start in January, April and September 

Please apply directly to The Iver Academy (mentioning that you found the training via ourselves)

This course is suited for someone who has already trained in hair cutting and barbering. It runs alongside the Certificate course. Learn the essential skills you need to carve out a career as a professional make-up artist with our Beginner’s Certificate course. You’ll cover all the areas of make-up and hair that you need to start your journey as an artist capable of working on film, TV and theatre productions.

Throughout this 12 week course you’ll gain an understanding of the key skills required by any make-up artist, from understanding the basics of make-up application, to creating inspired period and character looks and gory special effects.  This course also includes experience working with facial hair application, body painting and hairpieces.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They have many years’ experience working on some of the best known films and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you will be learning from the best.

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous make-up experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a passion and dedication to learn. 

 

Based at Pinewood Studios , please note that we regrettably have limited places for these courses, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment!

  • Number of places:
    14
  • Freelance Rate:
    £9800
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £9800
Next Course dates:
THE IVER ACADEMY and ShortCourses@NFTS
14 weeks / £10,500 inc. VAT
Our introductory training course for HDTV, film, theatre, fashion & prosthetics make-up and hair, along with portfolio building & filming experience.

Courses start in January, April and September 

 
Please apply directly to The Iver Academy (mentioning that you found the training via ourselves)
 

Learn the essential skills you need to carve out a career as a professional make-up artist with our Certificate course. You’ll cover all the areas that you need to start your journey as a make-up and hair artist capable of working on film, TV and theatre productions.

Throughout this 14 week course you’ll gain an understanding of the key skills required by any make-up artist, from understanding the basics of make-up application, to creating inspired period and character looks and gory special effects.  This course also includes experience working with facial hair application, body painting and basic barbering.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They have many years’ experience working on some of the best known films and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you will be learning from the best.

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous make-up experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a passion and dedication to learn.

Based at Pinewood Studios , please note that we regrettably have limited places for these courses, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment!

  • Number of places:
    14
  • Freelance Rate:
    £10500
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £10500
Next Course dates:

THE IVER ACADEMY and ShortCourses@NFTS

21 weeks / £15,000 inc. VAT

Our intermediate training course for HDTV, film, theatre, fashion & prosthetics make-up and hair.

Courses start in January, April and September 

Please apply directly to The Iver Academy (mentioning that you found the training via ourselves)

 

Enrol on our intensive Intermediate Make-up & Hair Artistry course and discover where your passions lie within the make-up and hair industry. Gain experience in make-up, hair styling, prosthetics, airbrushing and hairdressing and walk away with a richly filled portfolio to help you on your chosen career path within the film, TV, theatre and fashion industries. 

From bald caps, period wigs and gory prosthetic wounds, to body painting and catwalk looks, you’ll learn all the professional skills you need to build a career in the industry. Throughout this 21 week course you’ll be assessed on all skills, from application techniques to creative period looks and project timings. The Intermediate Make-up & Hair Artistry course is priced lower than the Advanced course as it does not include the Advanced Hair Artistry module, and is therefore of a shorter duration.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They have many years’ experience working on some of the best known films and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you will be learning from the best.

At the end of your 21 weeks you will possess the professional skills required to start your career in the media make-up industry. 

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous make-up experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a passion and dedication to learn. 

Based at Pinewood Studios , please note that we regrettably have limited places for these courses, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment!

  • Number of places:
    16
  • Freelance Rate:
    £15750
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £15750
Next Course dates:

This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.

This course provides a thorough overview of the role of the Post Production Supervisor, including the principals and practises of post-production processes for film and television. The intensive training course includes classroom teaching and a visit to an award winning post-production facility.

Led by Post Production Supervisor Layla Blackman, the three day workshop will cover:

·         The role of the Post Production Supervisor

·         Post production routes for sound and picture

·         Visual Effects

·         Scheduling and Budgeting for post-production

·         Deliverables   

Successful applicants will be joined by NFTS students on the Production Management diploma course. 

This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.

  • Number of places:
    4
  • Freelance Rate:
    £225
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £225