FdA Prosthetics, Modelmaking and Digital Design

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Course Description

This exciting industry focused degree offers you a broad range of workshop techniques, practical skills and knowledge to prepare for entering employment within Prosthetics and Modelmaking roles across TV and Film, and the wider Creative Industries. Practical skills are developed across diverse project themes, with embedded research and contextual studies.

Designing prosthetic make-up looks, props and concepts for bringing your ideas into reality, the course relates to workshop roles, developing technical processes across physical and digital. Traditional crafts such as sculpting and moulding meet digital design and technological tools to create models, props and make-up creations related to Prosthetics and special effects techniques. The focus of design work within module projects uses a blend of both traditional and digital visual skills, as used currently within Prosthetics, Modelmaking and VFX industries. You will also develop the academic and research skills to enable you to keep abreast of new developments and apply to your projects and employment opportunities.  You may progress to the BA (Hons) Prosthetics, Modelmaking and Digital Design (top-up) degree, to gain your honours degree. Please note that you will be required to purchase your own kit prior to the start of your studies and further details are available on request.

Studying at University Centre WISE

You will have access to fully equipped workshop spaces and make-up studios at our University Centre WISE campus, alongside the Specialist Make-up Design degree students. This area has been specifically designed for degree students and provides professional facilities to work on projects. You may also access other facilities such as digital design studios, 3D workshops and design suites. Our University Centre WISE (UCWISE) campus provides the essential materials, tools and facilities for all modules. However you will be required to purchase a kit of personal tools and equipment to support your studies (costs and specifications will be shared with students before enrolment). You will have the ability to work competently within workshop environments to enhance your practical skills and develop further experience of current and emergent technologies within module projects; through tutor-guided development, individual and collaborative work.  In addition, there will be opportunities for you to engage with industry through work experience, guest speakers, and attendance at industry events.  

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Study Modules
Prosthetic Techniques

Developing essential workshop-based prosthetics skills, you will engage in key techniques workshops to learn how to create flat mould prosthetics and other fundamental prosthetic skills such as face casting. You will use these essential techniques, and knowledge of products and tools developed, to create a prosthetics design, such as casualty effects, with flat moulded appliances. Working to the allocated brief, you will create and prepare relevant prosthetics. The module has an emphasis on the making of prosthetic appliances in a workshop setting.

50% Portfolio

50% Practical Assessment

Digital Design Fundamentals

This module will introduce fundamental skills and aims to build competency with industry-standard software. Students will develop essential techniques and knowledge in relevant programmes widely used in professional digital design applications.

100% Portfolio

Prosthetic Application and Workshop Practice

You will develop product awareness and application techniques across current prosthetic formats, such as gelatine, silicone encapsulated, and foam latex pieces, and bald caps. You will engage in key techniques workshops to learn how to apply and remove pieces safely; and how to pigment and paint to match skin tones and other design colour choices. You will document your development of skills and knowledge, through to practical outcomes and final application of prosthetics through portfolio work. You will demonstrate your knowledge of industry workshop and on-set application practice while demonstrating practically your understanding of correct health and safety and professional practice in the studio. You will develop and evidence awareness of the importance of operational contexts of the workshop, and the importance of teamwork and autonomy, in the production of prosthetics and other special effects make-up.

70% Portfolio

30% Presentation

Final Major Project

You will work to your own negotiated themes, using skills and knowledge developed across the course. Advanced skills workshops will offer initial support to develop themes, with further independent work on your ideas to design, develop, test, and create final project outcomes. This will constitute a self-identified and negotiated project and you will be required to present your statement of intent / proposal. Working through your own project proposal as individual research, practice and debate, and through critical evaluation and with tutorial support of your progress, you will work towards final practical outcomes. It is anticipated that you will produce work using a wide range of relevant techniques to demonstrate industry suitable skills. Your portfolio of design processes leading to final practical work will document your project developments.

50% Portfolio

50% Practical assessment

Professional Practice

You will develop knowledge of current industry practice and creative industry roles, to support progression into employment. In developing your awareness of the variety of industry pathways, you will identify your preferred career aim and develop a progression plan to enter industry sectors. You will establish your own professional business tools, promotions and portfolios. Work based learning and/or an industry related project brief will offer insight into professional practice and industry expectations, to support your employment aspirations.

70% Portfolio

30% Presentation

Creative Practice: 3D Design

You will gain an understanding of the practical applications of fundamental sculpting techniques used within industry, developing your own experience and proficiency suited to prosthetics and modelling work. Experimentation of traditional 3D design methods will be documented through portfolios. Practical outcomes will include elements such as maquettes to visually communicate concept design ideas through 3-Dimensional forms. Your creative skills developed within this module will support further practical work across other modules, in particular acknowledging anatomical and adaptive considerations from concept design to development of prosthetic practical designs.

100% Portfolio

Advanced Digital Design

By the end of this module, you will have gained an overview of software, techniques, and processes in the production of assets for creative applications. You will focus on transferable, fundamental art skills, while exploring emerging technologies. A portfolio will document your investigation into industry pipelines, ultimately extrapolating a library of digital tools for problem-solving, building autonomy and developing efficient workflows. This will develop resilience and versatility, foundational to a successful career in the creative sector.

100% Portfolio

Creative Project: Advanced Skills

In this module you will use advanced practical skills working to a defined brief, developing upon skills gained in other modules. Modelmaking techniques will be explored, such as technical moulding processes. Engagement in specialist skills workshops, such as hair punching and knotting, will develop techniques and work practice suited to workshop-based industry roles, in the creation of physical works. The brief will work towards creating 3D physical objects, across prosthetics and/or models. Research and enquiry into your design choices, with exploration of ideas development, anatomical considerations, skills acquisition, testing and final outcomes realised, will be evidenced through portfolios. Your final creations will be presented professionally as a fully realised outcome.

100% Portfolio

Course Video
Ruth Mitchell
Subject Area Lead (Creative Industries) and Programme Lead/Lecturer for Specialist Make-up & Prosthetics
*This programme is subject to validation and delivery approval by the University of Gloucestershire.
University Centre WISE
Foundation Degree
Full-time Duration:
2 Years
Full-time Fee (Per Year):
Part-time Duration:
4 Years
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Please submit a portfolio to be reviewed by Programme Lead. Once your portfolio has been reviewed, you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

Course info last updated:
May 28, 2024
Delivery Format

The delivery format for your degree-level programs is primarily face-to-face and in-person sessions. However, there may be some hybrid sessions offered occasionally, mainly for flexibility purposes, such as tutorials or for larger events like visiting lecturers. Additionally, it's mentioned that all degree programs are well-supported by Virtual Learning Environments, which include Teams or Google Classroom.

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