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  Special Effects for Film & TV MA


Buckinghamshire New University    Postgraduate Programmes

Full time September MA 1 year
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of film and TV with the Special Effects for Film & TV MA at Buckinghamshire New University. This industry-focused programme, designed in collaboration with professionals, offers specialisations in Prosthetics and Makeup Effects or Props and Modelmaking. Led by Dr Johnny Issapour, the UK's first academic with a PhD in special effects, you'll learn from industry experts and gain hands-on experience at the iconic Pinewood Studios. With a minimum of 2.2 at BA/BSc level or an HND with industry experience, applicants can explore pathways in animatronics design, prosthetics makeup effects, and more. The course emphasises innovative thinking, practical skills, and pre-visualisation techniques essential for special effects production. Access state-of-the-art facilities including photography studios, prosthetics labs, and industry-standard equipment. Collaborate with a diverse network of students and benefit from a dedicated team of technicians. Prepare for a dynamic career bringing stories to life on screen with this comprehensive MA programme.

About the course

Designed in collaboration with industry professionals, this master’s programme allows you to specialise your skills and knowledge in either Prosthetics and Makeup Effects or Props and Modelmaking.

Split between our High Wycombe Campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood studios, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry insights from professionals, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub.

Why study this subject?

Do you want a career which could take you all over the world? Working in film or TV, you could take on several roles across the globe in key areas, from prosthetics and makeup effects or props and modelmaking.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of 2.2 at BA/BSc level in a relevant subject is required. Alternatively, a Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification in relevant subject, with a minimum of 2 years’ industry experience will be required.

Applicants will need to have a suitably appropriate portfolio of work and an undergraduate degree in areas such as Special Effects Make-Up, Animation, Electronics, and Manufacturing Design.

Due to the technical nature of the programme, applicants whose first-degree discipline is not in a related area of special effects will be considered only if they can demonstrate that they have an appropriately focused portfolio.


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