Taught course

Prosthetics for Film and Television

University College Birmingham · School of Sport and Creative Services

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Entry requirements


  • A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent.
  • A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution (with a sound level of prosthetics make-up).
  • Submission of a portfolio and a cover sheet authenticating your work

You may be invited to meet with the teaching team for an interview if your portfolio is successful to discuss your work.

Portfolio requirements:

Your portfolio should show us who you are as an artist and we want you to pick the work that you have completed over your career or studies that you are proudest of. Please see this as an opportunity to show us the visual diary of your progression and the skills sets you have mastered to date.

Your portfolio will demonstrate a strong commitment to the subject area and will display certain specialist skills, which will be developed further in the first year of the course.

Upon submission of your application, you will be given information on how to submit your portfolio.

What do we want to see in your portfolio?

  • Portfolio: We require you to submit no more than 15 images (maximum) showcasing your work, which should have an artistic style running through it. Your portfolio should be well-edited, dynamic and strong.
  • Cover sheet: Please submit a cover sheet that validates the work as your own, this can be an explanation of how the work you have submitted has been completed.

What will we be assessing?

We will be assessing the following fundamental areas;

  • Awareness of practice
  • Knowledge of discipline
  • Innovation and individuality

We will evaluate your engagement with prosthetic concepts, as well as your level of artistry skills.

We want to also see your individuality come through within your portfolio.

EU/international students:

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

If you have any queries, please email: pg@ucb.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

From big budget TV dramas and major feature films to original streaming series, the world of high-end production is growing rapidly and the industry is crying out for prosthetics experts with the skills to wow audiences*.

Led by industry experts that have worked on everything from Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy to Doctor Who, our MA in Prosthetics for Film and Television provides creative professionals with the advanced techniques, methodology and technical know-how to create unique characters for the screen in this exciting, but highly-competitive, sector.

Almost 60,000 people now work in the film industry and in direct response to a call from screen employers and workers for better education and skills training that matches job roles, this industry-approved course is designed to give you a clear graduate advantage in what is predominantly a freelance-driven industry.

Learning technical skills in our cutting-edge prosthetics suite, complete with editorial studio to photograph and screen test your work for your portfolio, you will also learn how to deal with complex issues behind-the-scenes, particularly the ability to change and refine designs as a production progresses.

Whether you are workshop or set-based, prosthetics professionals also need to be able to duplicate their work many times, work to a fast pace and manage continual developments from the producers and directors, so you will be armed with the skills and resilience to meet these challenges, making you a sought-after member of any production team, in the UK and globally.

There is a clear focus on honing both analytical skills and applying practical skills, from sculpting in both clay and digital mediums and detailed prosthetics make-up, and to creating realistic body parts to simulate surgical procedures.

With a voluntary placement a vital part of the course, this course will, crucially, prepare you to answer the most diverse commercial briefs, build on your entrepreneurial skills and ensure you are ready to go out and make your mark.

*Screen Skills - High-end television UK workforce in 2018 research report

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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