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. 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 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 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 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.