The Peter Swords King Television & Film Makeup & Hair Course

The Peter Swords King TV & Film Makeup and Hair 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 Mistair airbrush foundations, portable Neo for Iwata compressor and eclipse gravity feed airbrush gun, MAC & Bobbi Brown professional makeup artist products including many other well known industry brands. It also includes a Louise Young 19 piece brush set, professional hair tools and equipment designed specifically to armour each student with the relevant equipment needed when training at BAMM and out in the industry.


Professional Photoshoot

8 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 in two possible ways. We either provide students with the chance to work with external clients, (enabling them to gain valuable experience on their CV and within their portfolio). The second way is by marking the end of a module with a professional portfolio photoshoot; there are 8 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 classroom.

Course Dates

31st Aug – 18th Dec 2020

18th Jan – 7th May 2021

16 Week Course


£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 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. This is when a large amount of supporting artists are about to be used for crowd scenes. Students will learn how to turn the most modern of hairstyles into authentic styles worn throughout the centuries and decades. We equip our students with the fundamental skills in becoming a competent Makeup Artist. Using 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 the editorial industry.

Weeks 8, 9 and 10 concentrate on character and script 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 learn the art of bald caps and 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 gentlemen’s historic hair styling and barbering. 

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, tattoo art 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 and 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. Melanie devotes time to students individually, making sure each and every one is fully set up to start the application processes on completion of the course.

Payment Plans

Contact us for information on our payment plans; call us on +44 (0)1225 331315 to discuss the most suitable option for you.