The Peter Swords King Television & Film Hair & Makeup Course


The Peter Swords King TV & Film Hair and Makeup Course is designed for anyone wishing to work predominantly within film, television, theatre, fashion, beauty and the commercial advertising industries.

Included in the Course

Kit Bag

Peter Swords King approved full professional hair and makeup kit: Including BAMM branded Zuca Makeup artists trolley, set bag, professional airbrush kit (specifically arranged for makeup artists by both Peter & Melanie) consisting of Mac airbrush foundations, portable Neo for Iwata compressor and eclipse gravity feed airbrush gun. MAC pigments & Bobbi Brown BBu Pallet and other cosmetics, Louise Young 19 piece brush set, Kryolan, MAEKUP, and many other professional hair tools and equipment designed specifically to amour each student with the relevant tools and equipment needed when training at BAMM and out in the industry.

Further to this each student receives a black BAMM branded hooded zip jumper.

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Professional Photoshoot

9 professional photo shoots to build each student’s portfolio and assess strength in modules during the 16 weeks of the course.

Work Placement & Seminars

Work experience placements with Peter Swords King and various other tutors (where possible)

Pro makeup seminars with both MAC, and Bobbi Brown dedicated to BAMM students  – (the only academy in the UK to receive this privilege) in which students also receive a one off 35% discount shopping event after the event.

The Course

This course encompasses every aspect of makeup and hair training across all genres of media entertainment. It enables students to explore and gain work placements within their chosen field on completion of the course.

The course runs intensively for 16 weeks and is broken down into practical modules. At the end of each module a portfolio building session is arranged. This is done by either providing students with the chance to work with external clients (enabling them to gain valuable experience on their CV and within their portfolio) or by marking the end of a module with a professional portfolio photoshoot of which there are 9 in total.

The course syllabus has been written by Peter Swords King and BAMM’s founder and principal Melanie Weekley. They, in turn, have had major input from the BAMM tutors, all of whom are current leaders within their specialised fields of the makeup and hair industry. BAMM accommodates a maximum of 12 students per class. 

Course Dates

8th Jan – 27th April 2018
3rd Sep – 21st Dec 2018
16 Week Course

Cost

£12,522 (inc. VAT)

Your career in Makeup starts here!

Content and Course Structure

Peter Swords King starts each course (work schedule permitting) with a welcome introduction and briefing on working in the industry. He then proceeds with a very insightful lecture on how to research properly. This is a topic Peter is very passionate about and we believe is the essential foundation in becoming a key makeup artist.

Students are asked to bring an A4 ring binder and are taught immediately how to construct a makeup continuity system, log research and take continuity photographs (a skill they will need to acquire when starting out as a trainee makeup artist)

Week 1 and 2 consist of colour mixing and basic makeup application, starting with the essential knowledge on skin types, cosmetic occlusion and advancing swiftly into corrective makeup and skin camouflage techniques (covered by medical practitioners from charity run organsiation Changing Faces changingfaces.org.uk). The week progresses with varying styles and application methods of beauty makeup, airbrushing and basic hair styling.

Week 3 and 4 is dedicated to the art of knotting and weaving. Carol Robinson heads this part of the course, Carol is a profound expert whose specialist field lies within wig making for many of Peter Swords King’s movies.

Students learn how to confidently wash wigs correctly, pad up a block, wrap hair, knot, weave, crepe, dye, style, and apply wigs and facial postiche to film and television standard.

Furthermore students design and create their own characters ready for their final portfolio photoshoot

These are all essential and necessary skills needed for students wishing to work in Film, Television and Theatre.

Week 5, 6 and 7 focuses on period and vintage makeup and hair styling. Students are taught practically how to work a typical busy crowd room day and turn the most modern of hairstyles into authentic styles worn throughout the century’s and decades. Wigs, pieces, switches and, temporary colouring techniques, combined with styling methods required to create the most commonly used sets and styles requested by TV, film, theatre and editorial industry equips are students with the fundamental skills in becoming a competent Makeup artist.

Weeks 8, 9 and 10 concentrate on character breakdown special effects and prosthetics application. Students learn how to create realistic simulated injuries with materials being used throughout the industry, including, Pro Bondo, direct applied silicone and prosthetic creation and application. Students also learn the art of bald caps, punching hair, all necessary skills required for film and TV and especially useful for students who share a love for medical drama.

Week 11 leads students through the fast paced environment of theatrical makeup. Students will acquire skills in theatrical makeup application for character creation including gender changing, ageing face painting and quick changes when working on popular live shows within London’s West End and Broadway.

Week 12 Focuses on essential skills needed when working on the body. Student’s learn how to create authentic tattoo work, using both freehand and stencil methods alongside developing their art in airbrush makeup. 

During weeks 13,14 and 15 students learn how to cut hair for continuity, work with Afro Caribbean hair and begin to explore the world of fashion, editorial and commercial advertising. Covering seasonal trends, global beauty, male grooming and brand advertising for editorial, commercial and runway.

Week 16 concludes for students to tie all of their essential skills together and we focus on business, working in production, script breakdown and continuity.

BAMM’’s academy principal Melanie, has meticulously devised this module to encapsulate all of the fundamental knowledge needed when starting out as a freelance makeup artist.

Covering; CV & Trainee application letter writing, appraisal sessions and feedback, managing your finances, tax & accounts, public liability insurance, networking, finding key contacts, building your portfolio, web design, trending social media platforms and finalising with a 6 month business plan of action.

During this course Melanie brings guest speakers to lecture in their relevant fields of expertise, including Chartered Accountants, Wealth Management Advisers and Web and Brand Design Specialists. Furthermore Melanie devotes time to students individually, making sure each and every student is fully set up to start application processes on completion of the course.

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