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Bath Academy of Media Make Up has marked its 10th anniversary with a double celebration with news that three-time Oscar winner Mark Coulier has joined their world-class roster of trainers to run a unique 14-week Special Effect and Prosthetics Course. The SFX and Prosthetics designer whose trophy cabinet also contains two BAFTAs and an Emmy, is best known for his work on Harry Potter, Wonder Woman 1984, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Iron Lady and Pinocchio. The Lancashire-born designer will be joining fellow Oscar winning designer Peter Swords King, who is BAMM’s Creative Director, to offer wannabe Make Up Artists, his vast experience and expertise to give them the best chance in carving out an exciting career. 

BAMM opened its doors on April 1st for prospective students and media to meet Mark and Peter as well as leading fashion and celebrity MUA Gozra Lozano. For the first time all three experts came together to present and talk about their influence in industry as well as show their mastery in live demonstrations. Peter, who won an Oscar for his work on Lord of The Rings, more recently was behind the terrifying appearance on Anne Hathaway in the remake of The Witches and is hot off the set of the new Disney film, The Little Mermaid, did a demo of an 18th Century period hair and make up, while Mark and his team showcased bleeding, prosthetics and life-casts. Gorza also demonstrated an avant-garde themed makeup. 

The appointment of Mark as Creative Director of SFX and Prosthetics, means BAMM now has more Oscars, BAFTAs, and Emmy awards and nominations than any other school in the world. 

Mark said: “I’ve learnt and experienced so much in my career that I am delighted to have the opportunity to create this course and have a hand in nurturing the next generation of SFX and prosthetic designers. It’s a fascinating, challenging and ever-evolving career from year to year and set to set. I can’t wait to see what talent is out there. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested whether they are just out of school or having a change of career. It’s never too late to learn.”

BAMM, established by Bath local Melanie Weekley after leaving a fantastic career as a TV MUA, already boasts an enviable track-record with more than 80% of graduates securing successful careers in the film and TV world with the rest choosing a path in theatre, fashion and independent MUA businesses. 

Mrs Weekley said: “I’m incredibly honoured and excited to welcome Mark to the our world-class team. For anyone with an interest in prosthetics whether is ghastly injuries on a crime drama, or monsters, zombies, vampires or a dramatic change in appearance for an A-List actor like he did turning Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher for The Iron Lady,  you couldn’t learn from a better designer. The course he has designed himself and will be overseeing, is essentially a fast-track to learning the skills required to pursue their own successful careers without spending years and lots of money on a university course. Nothing beats hands-on experience and especially when students are being taught by the masters during their down-time from film and TV sets, or the fashion runways. 

“As well as it looking great for students on their CV being mentored by Oscar-winners, there’s also the opportunity to join Peter and the others as apprentices if they show potential. In the past Peter has taken graduates to work with him on set after every course. We have graduates who have since worked on Star Wars, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns, Spiderman Far from Home, Venom, Let there be Carnage, The Witches, The Little Mermaid, Enola Holmes 2, to name a few. It’s also an exciting time for the South West of England and Wales with so many films and TV shows being shot in and around Bristol and and Cardiff.  Bridgerton, Rebecca, The Pursuit of Love, Poldark, Sex Education have all been filmed nearby.High end Tv & Film giant, Netflix, have pledged to invest a staggering investment into the south west, working alongside local production companies to offer some fantastic opportunities in the region. Already their investment is said to have created over 1000 jobs across the supply chain and its only set to get busier in 2022. 

Thank you to those of you who joined us at our spring open day. The BAMM team all very much enjoyed meeting such an enthusiastic group of aspiring Makeup Artists (families and friends too) and showing you around the academy.

We hope that you found the day informative, as well as inspiring and our passion for this wonderful career shone through. 

Our aim was to give you an insight into the industry, including answering all your questions that related to the courses we offer at BAMM and the subsequent career pathways achievable. If you have any questions remaining please feel free to drop us an email or give us a call. 

If you are an aspiring Makeup Artist considering joining us at BAMM but were unable to make the event please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We are always happy to schedule an individual appointment and show you around our academy.