Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course

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  • 20 weeks
  • 12th September 2022

All classes run from Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Enroll on our flagship Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course and learn directly from one of the best in the industry, Academy Award and BAFTA-winning makeup artist, Peter Swords King. Discover the basics of media makeup application before progressing to the highly skilled art of knotting and weaving wigs. Execute the perfect vintage makeup and hair for film and TV dramas and then master the special effects and prosthetics essential for hit medical dramas like Casualty before turning your attention to theatrical makeup. Under Peter’s expert guidance, get to grips with historic men’s hair styling and barbering and then take the plunge and dive into the heady world of fashion, editorial and commercial advertising.

With a strong practical steer from Peter and the rest of the expert BAMM team across all modules, you will leave with an impressive portfolio and CV, knowledge of finance management, tax and accounting, web design, social media and much, much more. We challenge you to find a more expansive media makeup course, one that is delivered with passion and expertise in equal measure. Join our Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course today.

We are happy to offer a Payment Plan for longer courses.
We require a non-refundable deposit of 25% to secure your place on the course and a further payment of 25% to be paid 4 weeks before the start date. The remaining 50% of course fees will be payable on set dates throughout the course. Please contact us for further details if this is something you wish to consider.


Want to find out more? Here at BAMM, we love to tell others about what we do. If you would like to discuss this course in more detail with any of our friendly team, we would love to hear from you. Either click here to complete our enquiry form or call us today on 01225 331315

Student Achievements

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Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course

Courtney Lightbody

“I can’t thank Peter, Mel, Stacey and all the tutors at BAMM enough for everything they have taught me over the past 16 weeks. What an amazing experience – I can’t recommend it enough if you want to venture into this industry. I am excited to use my new skills and dive into a new career. Along the way, I have made friends for life. Love my BAMM fam!”

Achievement: Venom 2 - Peter Kings Main team junior; 83 - Main Team Junior with Jackie Russon; HBO series Avenue 5; Hannah Barbera - Tom & Jerry; Last Night in Soho 

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Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course

Rona Skudoas

I chose BAMM for many reasons, including its fantastic reputation thanks to Peter Swords King as Creative Director and its incredible repertoire of industry professionals as tutors. The kit was also second-to-none. As advertised, I received an abundance of well-known products and reliable tools that I continue to use to this very day. BAMM was the best place to begin my journey as a makeup artist in TV & film. Thank you so much for the incredible training and experience whilst at BAMM and the opportunities it has opened up for me, especially working with Peter himself.

Achievement: Spider-Man: Far from Home , Mary Poppins Returns , The Witches, Stan & Ollie, The War of the Worlds (TV Mini-Series),

The Course Includes:

Beauty and Bridal Makeup: Week 1 and 2

Health, safety, and hygienic working practices. Contraindications, skin diseases and disorders.

Understanding skin types and the chemical compositions of beauty and makeup products including light reflective makeup products and the implications when working with photographers and DOP’s.

Skin Camouflage. Covering tattoos, bruises, skin imperfections and skin disorders through colour correction, product selection and layering techniques.

Skin preparation, eyebrow shaping and executing the perfect “No make-up – make up” for varying briefs, i.e., Period drama, child actor, editorial beauty campaigns and personal preference.

Pantone skin tone and colour correction. Chiaroscuro makeup techniques and colour theory. Determining various eye shapes, face shapes and features. Cultural beauty techniques and trends.

Working with lashes, i.e., Individual, strip, mink, faux, hybrid.

Airbrushing for High Definition, TV, Beauty, Fashion and Bridal.

Executing the perfect red lip and winged liner. Definition eye makeup, Smokey and smouldering eye makeup looks.

Working with various makeup textures and compounds, i.e., powder, pigment, creams, gels, inks, and gloss.

Makeup brands and makeup products, when and what to have in your makeup kit and set bag.

Taking reference pictures and making notes for continuity. Creating your own continuity file. Understanding how a continuity file works and the importance of accurate notes and reference images.

Starting and growing your business in the bridal sector. Business organisation, pricing, social media, networking, advertising, invoicing, and public liability insurance.

Basic Hair:  Preparation and Styling:  Week 3 and 4

Washing hair, brushing, combing, and taking a section. Client consultations, contraindications, health safety and hygiene.

Understanding and determining hair type and texture.

Products used for good hair maintenance and styling.

Hairdressing tools and accessories. The products, tools and accessories a makeup and hair artist should always carry in their kit bag.

Blow drying, silk press, creating volume and movement, diffusing, twisting, and defining curls

Electrical heat styling, creating waves and texture. Working with tongs, wands, straighteners, and rollers

Plaiting, braiding canerow, locks, setting/ finger waving and wrap styling.

Ponytails, buns, chignons, and pleats. Pinning and gripping securely.

Attaching hair methods. Extensions: Bonding, weaving.

Using switches, wigs padding and hair pieces.

Creating a beautiful authentic bridal photoshoot or skin beauty campaign for a portfolio building photoshoot.

Knotting for Facial Postiche, Wig Making and Weaving: Week 5 and 6

Wrapping hair, taking a wig measurement, mapping for hair lines and facial.

Washing a wig, padding up a block and blocking wigs.

Knotting, with yak hair and human hair. Dyeing hair, pre curling and boiling hair.

Laying on hair and creating stubble.

Making wefts, switches & ladder switches.

Cleaning off men’s facial, cleaning wig and facial lace.

Creating an authentic bearded (fact or fictional) for a character using reference and research for a portfolio building photo shoot.

Historical Hair and Makeup Design Weeks 7 to 11

From ancient times through to the decades of the 1990’s students will be given various briefs that call upon accurate research and reference material to recreate the hair and makeup styles of the time from factual celebrated woman from all walks of life, globally and throughout history.

Working with lace fronted wigs, hair pieces, switches, padding and weft. Creating fronts, with real hair to wig backs and pieces, colour matching and colouring up wigs with illustrators, and airbrush techniques.

Setting premade hair extensions on dowling rods, baking wigs. Using bendies and tongs for authentic curls and tendrils used in period dramas.

Students will simulate working within a busy crowd room during this module and understand how to sort, bag, label, pass up, and assist.

Students will learn to take deconstructed and complicated continuity reference images and notes of hair design and makeup for continuity replication.

Utilising techniques needed for a modern artist to look authentic to the period such as breaking down the skin, nails and teeth. Blocking eyebrows, covering up piercings, adding hair to plucked brows.

Working to call sheet timings, travelling artists to set, and putting a call sheet together.

Professional portfolio building period hair and makeup photoshoot.

Editorial & Commercial Hair & Makeup:  Week 12

Working as a hair and makeup artist in advertorial, music, live transmission, and as a personal for celebrities and red-carpet events.

Retro and vintage hair and makeup creation 1920’s – 2000

Students will work within teams to create adverts for a makeup brand. Showcasing a seasonal pitch relating to a certain demographic. Using mood boards, images and face charts to pitch and execute the design to the client (tutor) and photographer concluding in a professional portfolio building photoshoot

Working in Theatre: Week 13

Face painting and character makeup; including old age, male, female, Kabuki, Geisha, Día de Muertos and drag makeup.

Wigs, pinning and quick changes.


Fashion Makeup:  Week 14

Introduction and insight working in fashion and runway.

Inclusive beauty and makeup products.

Creating face charts, designing and exploring textures and mediums that can be used within makeup.

During this module students collaborate with up coming clothing brands. The concept is briefed by the designer for the launch of their new seasonal range. Models are allocated to students. Students will work with the makeup designer (tutor) and other key artists (fellow students) to create a hair and makeup design fitting of the brief ready for a professional portfolio photoshoot for both the brand and student.

SFX and Prosthetic Makeup:  Weeks 15 – 17

Introduction into working within the prosthetics and special effects makeup.

Bald Caps: Making, applying, colouring and blending.

Making tattoos for continuity bruising and character design.

Punching hair into silicone.

Direct applied SFX makeup for injury simulation using A and B silicone.

Making bondo wounds, filling, painting and application.

Creating wounds and lesions using various materials and techniques including scarring, blisters, 1st second and 3rd degree burns.

Understanding the various stage of injuries

Character & Script Breakdown: Week 18

Using real film scripts from famous movies, students are taught how to become the Makeup Designer and the process involved in breaking down a script and its characters.

Students are guided through the various job roles throughout a production and the hierarchies and acronyms of the crew within each unit.

Working with actors: Tear stick, when and how to use? Working with children, models, and nervous actors. Time keeping, working hours, schedule changes, how to be the perfect trainee and what will be expected of you. What you need to wear, what you need to bring  and any other terminology you might come across such as what is an OB or a per diem?

From production scheduling to designer’s meetings students will recreate their chosen character utilising the series of scripted injuries which will require accuracy and continuity for a professional portfolio shoot assessment.

Barbering: Week 19

Identifying and recreating historical and modern barbering techniques for men.

Working through the ages to recreate iconic male grooming techniques for facial hair

Tidying hair lines, eyebrows, nose and ear hair grooming.

Men’s facial cleansing and washing hair

Hair cutting for continuity on ladies. Fringe and length trims.

Business: Week 20

Feedback: Regular assessing of strengths and weaknesses to guide students in the right direction

Being self-employed; completing tax returns, managing your money, invoicing, and insurance.

 Applying for a job: How to find a designer, what path to take, feedback and assessments.

Writing and building your CV. Writing a trainee application letter.

Using social media influence in the right way. How to use your portfolio of work to your advantage. How to use various skills for niche businesses to make money.

Using excel sheets and planning as part of the trainee role.

6 Month action plan for gaining work.

Certificate of completion accredited by the BAC and endorsed by Screenskills