Iver Makeup Academy Opens 2021 Bursary Scheme

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Iver Makeup Academy, based at the world-famous Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, has opened applications for its April 2021 bursary schemes.

The ScreenSkills accredited training school is the leading makeup and hair academy for industry-based courses in film, TV, theatre and fashion. The Academy is now offering two students who wish to enrol in the 14-week Foundation Certificate course a bursary of up to 80% of the course fees.

There will be one bursary spot available for the course starting on 19th April 2021. Successful applicants will have access to in-depth industry knowledge and innovative techniques, as well as the opportunity to study in one of the hotspots for global films – Pinewood Studios.

Eligibility criteria for applicants are listed below:

  • Applicants must be over 18 before the start date of the course
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK
  • We will prioritise applicants who demonstrate an ambition to work in the UK TV and Film industries
  • Three years of proven experience in at least one of the following: Art, Design, Beauty, Hairdressing
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their financial requirement for a bursary and commitment to their career
  • Photographs of work to show makeup, hair or prosthetics interest will be required. These do not need to be professional shots.

The final date to apply is Monday 8th January 2021.

The principal of The Iver Academy, Liz Tagg-Wooster, says of the opportunities available: “Iver Academy is a unique environment to develop your skills for a career in film, TV, fashion or theatre. These bursaries offer a great opportunity for two outstanding candidates to engage in a career they may otherwise have not been able to. We’re incredibly proud of our graduates and the pathway we put them on, so if you think it might be something for you then please don’t hesitate to apply!”

A graduate of the bursary scheme, who wished to remain anonymous, echoed Mrs Tagg-Wooster’s sentiment, saying: “When I was first offered the bursary, I was speechless. All I could think was, ‘Wow! This is amazing, thank you so much for the opportunity!’.”

The graduate added: “I would never have been able to access such amazing tutelage without the IMA bursary. I love the course and I am learning so much every day from very talented and lovely tutors.”

At a time when there is uncertainty about academia and career availability or progression, it may be an opportunity to find an alternative pathway. In addition to this, a £300m investment to build a Hollywood-style production complex in East London, highlights potential opportunities on the horizon in the UK sector.

To find out more about the bursary scheme and potentially embark on the first steps of a thrilling career, contact us for an application form.


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Liz Tagg


A highly talented and award-winning makeup artist, Liz has over 30 years of experience working in the film and television industry. A professionally trained makeup artist and hair designer, Liz’s career highlights include BAFTA and Emmy award nominations, as well as a recurring position as a member of the BAFTA jury.

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