September 2020 will see the start of a brand new Masters degree course that’s the forerunner in teaching an essential new skill set.
We’re excited to be partnering Falmouth University and its multi-million-pound School of Film & Television in delivering this forward-looking Prosthetic Effects MA. It’s the first course to combine digital and practical manufacturing skills to produce physical objects – an approach that’s emerging out of necessity in professional FX workshops, but that until now, hasn’t been offered as a packaged, taught learning path.
It’s a one-year, full-time curriculum that’s practice-based with an industry focus from the start, addressing employment needs at the sharp end of our craft. Students will learn how to design and build in a virtual space, then explore how to realise their creations as physical objects through the use of CNC machining and 3D printing, as well as utilising more traditional mould making, casting, sculpture and fabrication techniques.
Students will be able to combine their existing skills with new ones to elevate them into a new, in-demand employment niche. Those who have worked solely in the world of 3D and digital modelling can progress into physical manufacturing, and those with a background in model, prop-making and prosthetics can introduce digital design and manufacturing processes into their workflow.
Neill says, “3D sculpture and manufacturing processes are now very commonly used in stop motion animation, prop-making and specialist costume-making as well as prosthetics and creature FX. On this MA I hope to be working with artists from across that spectrum who wish to study with us to combine their existing skills with new ones that will elevate their employability and push them to the very cutting edge of our industry.”
If you’re looking for postgraduate study in the field of prosthetic effects this course will take you to the forefront of the craft. Based in a vibrant international film school within a specialist creative arts university, you will also benefit from a comprehensive visiting lecture series with guest speakers from global industry.
More information and applications here.
Featured image: final project by Gorton Studio 7-week course student Sammi Allwood