The Iver Make-up Academy has been set up by the tutors and staff formerly of Greasepaint Make-up School.
The Iver Make-up Academy is the leading make-up and hair academy for industry-based courses in film, TV, theatre & fashion. Our aim is simple; to give our students access to the newest techniques and skills required to carve a professional career in their chosen field.
The new academy, based at Pinewood Studios, was set up by the tutors and stafffrom Greasepaint Makeup School. They have many years of experience working across the breadth of the industry. Their unparalleled knowledge, and their vast experience has enabled them to find success in this highly competitive field.
Incredibly passionate about their work, they have enlisted the help of their colleagues, the leading specialists in hair, make-up and prosthetics, to share their knowledge with students at the new academy.
Find out more about the wonderfully talented Iver Academy teaching team and the exciting courses available to students in our interview with the founders.
The Iver Make-up Academy vision - An interview with some of the founders
Liz: We were inspired to set up The Iver Make-up Academy because, as a group of make-up artists, we have been working for many years in the industry, combining our freelance film work with tutoring at the renowned Greasepaint make-up school.
Tamsin: We were all very influenced and inspired by the late Julie Cruttenden, the original founder of this make-up school, whom some of us were taught by, and when Greasepaint announced they were going to close we started to think about how we could safeguard this extremely precious training avenue. Starting The Iver Make-up Academy was a way for us to give something back to our trade by helping to train and inspire the next generation of industry artists.
Christine: Ultimately, we all saw this as an amazing opportunity to bring together all of our skills and offer a comprehensive training programme within the most famous of film studios in the UK; Pinewood Studios. Between us all, we have worked within every aspect of make-up, hair and special effects, in all possible mediums, and we knew that anyone looking to start a career in the industry would really benefit from our combined knowledge and experience.
Jos: It’s an amazing career path and we all feel so privileged to work in such an exciting and inspiring environment – we really just want to make sure this opportunity to learn is given to future make-up & hair artists.
Q. How did you choose the teaching team for the new academy?
Liz: Well, we wanted to make sure that our students had a great atmosphere to learn in, so getting the right mix of tutors was vital. Our tutors are all highly skilled artists, working in make-up, hair, SFX, prosthetics, fashion and theatre. We all have a very good working relationship and promote a strong work ethic, which makes for a very dynamic & inspiring learning environment.
Christine: Well actually most of our teaching team have been working together for many years at Greasepaint, and now these tutors will be continuing their teaching at The Iver Make-up Academy. We also have a number of high profile make-up and hair artists who act as consultants and experts, bringing the latest industry standards straight to the classroom.
Renata: We’re extremely lucky as the tutors are working industry professionals, so they are completely up-to-speed with all the latest products and techniques, and at every opportunity they will offer work experience to Iver Academy students.
Q. Who have your tutors worked with?
Tamsin: Our tutors have worked with an enormous amount of high profile actors, celebrities, directors, brands and production companies such as Disney and Marvel. The list is simply huge! But it covers a really extensive mix of actors & actresses, as well as sports, music and fashion personalities, and even royalty. So our tutors have a very diverse background, which is a massive benefit to our students.
Liz: Some of the highest calibre acting clients our team have worked with include George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon, Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Radcliffe. The fashion & sports industry clients have included David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Thierry Henry, George Best, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld. It’s so varied, and it’s this high level of professional experience that our students will be benefitting from.
Q. What makes The Iver make-up Academy different to other make-up schools?
Renata: We teach in small but vibrant tutor groups, and most importantly, unlike other courses, we aren’t tied to an outdated curriculum. We can adapt our courses to meet the needs of the industry. Also, all of our courses are hands-on and are taught through practical demonstrations. We cover every aspect you would need to know to become a successful make-up & hair artist working in today’s media environment.
Jos: Obviously, the key benefit of training at The Iver Academy is that the school is placed in the most perfect location. Pinewood Studios is known worldwide and has been the filming location for many of the most successful films this country has ever produced. The opportunity for our students to be right at the heart of these studios, with the opportunities of work experience that might arise, is fantastic.
Q. What skills and techniques can students expect to learn with you?
Liz: Our students will have the chance to explore all the areas of make-up and hair that the film, TV, theatre and fashion industry requires. They can choose to take our most comprehensive 30 week training programme, or opt for one of our other courses. But we don’t just teach the practical skills; we also train them on the high standards of industry etiquette, continuity and script break down and how to work from a brief. All these aspects put together will produce great make-up artists.
Christine: We cover the basics of TV and media make-up and hair in our shorter courses, but we also offer comprehensive advanced modules for creating character make-ups, special effects, prosthetics, modern and period hair, air-brushing and fashion. We’ve planned our course structure to give students the flexibility to add on modules if they are not already covered in their chosen course.
Q. How do you choose your students?
Tamsin: In terms of existing skills, we don’t expect anyone applying for our basic courses to have any prior experience as we cover this, but we do have requirements for some of our advanced courses.
Liz: We also like to meet all prospective students for a short informal interview to make sure they understand the full commitment required for a career as a make-up artist, and that they are following the right path for their own goals. We want all of our students to succeed, so we look for determination, creativity and a real passion for the industry.
Q. How are you helping to support your students once they have graduated?
Renata: Once graduated, our students all receive a certificate from The Iver Academy, which is a testament to their skill and expertise in their chosen course. As well as this industry-recognised training, we provide excellent links to the industry through our agency.
Christine: The agency gives all current and graduate students the chance to receive work opportunities. This service is free to all Iver Academy students and graduates of Greasepaint make-up school. Is is provided for as long as they need it.
Liz: As well as the support of our agency team, our tutors always endeavour to recommend students on as many productions as they can to give them even more work experience. Our track record at Greasepaint Make-up school can testify to this. Students we have taught have recently worked on productions such as Pan, Malificent, Age of Ultron, Mr Selfridge and Beauty and The Beast to name but a few. We see the academy as a permanent support system for our students, so even after they have graduated, they are free to return and ask advice from their tutors, or to get help practising techniques that they may need to brush up on for forthcoming work.