This intensive course prepares you for a career in screen prosthetics and related fields. It gives a comprehensive grounding in all the practical aspects of the subject to the standard of junior film industry technician; a higher technical level than that achieved on degree courses. It is suitable for beginners with some recommended preparatory work – please refer to the entry criteria to judge whether it is suitable for you.
The course focusses on the fundamental processes involved in creating prosthetics, from basic sculpture techniques to prosthetic manufacture, mould making, casting and even simple animatronics. These are the skills used every day in professional FX workshops, and are taught with the materials most widely used in today’s industry.
The course is a combination of taught subjects and personal projects; the basic disciplines are prescriptively taught and the personal projects allow each student the freedom to select further content they would like to explore.
Demonstrations are used to give an insight into some of the more specialist areas. These can include hair punching, gore fabrication and denture FX for example, and the topics introduced in this way are partly determined by the interests of each group.
The course culminates in a final project of your choice; a major silicone gel prosthetic, a dummy body part, an animatronic mask or a realistic severed head for example. This is planned and developed during the first three weeks and worked on intensively thereafter.
This project is your opportunity to apply your new skills and tackle any additional techniques and materials you particularly want to learn about. We help you devise a final project that will get the most out of your time by involving the processes that will be most useful on your intended career path. Your final project will provide a significant piece of work for your portfolio, which will be your key tool in securing professional work.
Our 7-week course tutors are all current, senior film and television professionals with the best skills in the business to pass on, and all have extensive teaching experience. Screen prosthetics is a wide subject and no one tutor will be an expert in all areas, so we complement the principal tutors’ skills bases with visiting specialists who teach disciplines such as hair work and finishing.
Neill Gorton usually teaches a sculpture and design class in the first week of the course and is also there at the end to see the final projects come together. In between, if he’s around the Millennium FX workshop, he stops in to check your progress, talk through your projects and answer technical and creative questions.
You will be notified by email who your principal tutor will be before your course starts.
Our teaching studio is in the same building as our multi-award winning sister company Millennium FX, one of the most successful screen prosthetics companies in Europe. During your course, you will be able to watch real industry jobs develop in the Millennium workshop and have contact with some of the company’s highly experienced crew.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have strict practical measures in place so we can teach you safely. Gorton Studio can remain open in lockdown unless the UK government introduces rules to the contrary. If there are any changes to the way we are able to operate we will contact students immediately to inform them.
If you have booked a place on a course please keep updated on your country and the UK’s travel guidance; you can find the UK information here
This information was written on 6th November 2020 and will be updated when changes occur.
This course is ideal training for those seeking a career in areas such as:
- Prosthetics and makeup FX for film, TV and theatre
- Prosthetic mask making
- Maxillofacial and cosmetic prosthetics
- Casualty simulation
- Medical simulation
- Hyper-realistic art
- Live events