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Prosthetic Effects MA

Falmouth University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Falmouth University

Program description

Prosthetic Effects MA

You'll grow and refine your skills through personally focused projects, based within a supportive and collaborative community. Through experimentation and risk taking, you'll push the boundaries to become a resilient and dynamic prosthetic effects practitioner

You will:

  • Learn from the experts by working with world-class partners Gorton Studio and Millennium FX
  • Develop a varied portfolio of creative work that will help launch your career
  • Have access to professional-standard studios and resources
  • Benefit from our visiting lecture series, with guest speakers from global industry
  • Be based within a vibrant international film school, within a creative arts university

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you’ll need an undergraduate degree in computing, software engineering, game programming or related fields. You’ll also need experience of computer programming (i.e. presence on GitHub and/or StackExchange, source code excerpts, technical reports, etc). Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience.

We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests

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Program content

You’ll expand your knowledge of key programs and fabrication techniques, experience studio-based working in academic and professional contexts, and develop a critically considered portfolio. Alongside this, you’ll be introduced to contemporary debates informing the prosthetic effects industry. Workshops in design, drawing, making, presentation and industry awareness underpin your learning in this practical and vocationally focused postgraduate course.


Contextual Studies: Extending your theoretical knowledge of key contextual concepts.

Building Blocks: Your grounding the fundamental skills and processes in Prosthetics Effects production.

Industrial Context: You will develop your professional portfolio and gain exposure to real life working studios.

Breaking the Mould: Experiment with your designs and fabrication techniques to test the limits of Prosthetic Effects.

PFX Production: Focus your studies on the production and creation of an industry quality body of work.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2021-22

  • Full-time UK - £10,895 per year (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)
  • Full-time EU/international - £16,950 per year (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)

Tuition fees 2022-23

  • Full-time UK - £10,900 per year (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)
  • Full-time EU/international - £19,900 per year (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)


What you’ll learn

Throughout this one-year course, you’ll tackle a truly multi-disciplinary syllabus, designed to meet the needs of today’s highly competitive prosthetics and special effects industries. You’ll be in charge of your own learning, developing your own direction and specialisms, while also gaining a working knowledge of industry practice.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities/destinations include:

  • Prosthetic character effects
  • Creature effects
  • Prosthetic medical and gore effects
  • Prosthetic effects make up artist
  • Theme park make up artist
  • Speciality costumes
  • Prosthetics for film, television, commercials, promos & theatre

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About this institute

Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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