The new building has three floors, including a set of shared workshop rooms on the ground floor for the individual creative processes that are an integral part of both courses. Special Make-Up Effects Designer and Honorary Fellow, Nick, is a multi award-winning artist with over thirty years experience in the film industry.
He has worked on a range of high profile motion pictures, including Star Wars and the entire Harry Potter series. Nick cut the ribbon and declared the new space officially open. Commenting on the new building, he said: “I’m delighted to see the realisation of such a wonderful plan; to give the students here the latest and very best facilities to create in. So much thought has gone into the design of these new facilities, they put most places I have worked to shame!”
The opening was followed by a drinks reception in TheGallery. You can read more about the new building here:
The workshop rooms that are located on the ground floor include: a foam room that has two bespoke industry standard foam ovens for curing foam latex; a life casting room complete with shower; a spray room where among other processes, aerated plastics can be sprayed in a thin layer to create a bald cap; a spacious plaster room where students create part and full head life casts and molds; the platinum silicone room where contamination free bespoke silicone molds and prosthetic pieces are created and the casting room where a wide variety of resins and other materials are used under industry level extraction.
The workshop floor also houses a state of the art Makers Hub where digital work can be fully engaged with software available including Photoshop, ZBrush, 3DS Max, Rhino and Maya. The bank of high specification computers are available for the students to use every day and the room has several 3D printers and laser cutters enabling the students to realise their designs. The ground floor has its own gallery space where exhibitions will be inspiring and showcasing the student work.
The Make-Up course resides on the first floor where the space is divided into three separate L shaped studio areas, giving each year group their own professional dedicated work space.The studios have individual workstations with hydraulic Make – Up chairs, mirrors, lighting, overhead hood dryers, backwash sinks and localised extraction over each workstation. The workstations themselves have integrated outlets for compressed air for airbrushing fed by a central compressor and data sockets for working digitally.
The department Mac suites are neatly accessible at any time from their mobile docking station and the students can work on these laptops within the studios on the large and multi -use tables within each room. The department also has a number of cintiq tablets that are available for the students to support the digital design and drawing side of the course. The rooms are multi – functional in design and allows for practical transformation presentations, talks, seminars and tutorials. Group work is supported by the use of large TV screens in the studios enabling students to see their work on a screen and also for the purpose of film viewings and presentations.