Students from new UCW courses collaborate on multimedia project

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Students from University Centre Weston’s new courses in Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production and Lens-based Media have worked together on a project to depict the horrors of war.

Models including an ex-serviceman who served in Afghanistan were made up with wounds for a series of photos and videos shot at UCW’s Loxton Campus.

The students were tasked with capturing scenes which depicted both the violence of the battlefield and also the human cost of the lost lives on those left behind.

Students from the Foundation Degree in Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, which is delivered in brand new facilities, provided costumes and utilised their creative skills to make the models look as realistic as possible.

BA (Hons) Lens-based Media and FdA Photography in Practice students then captured the scenes using HD photography and film equipment.

Richard Edkins, UCW’s programme coordinator for Lens-based Media, said: “We’re really keen that our students work on live briefs that simulate industry scenarios.

“We’re fortunate to have strong degree programmes that allow us to work on innovative and collaborative projects such as this, where our very talented students can work together in their own disciplines to produce high quality work.

Sandy Day, UCW’s programme coordinator for Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, said: “As a hair, makeup and special FX artist, the ability to create ideas and draw out emotions is of huge importance in any photographic piece.

“Working collaboratively to industry expectations has enabled the students to witness their original ideas come to life.”

Sam Brooks, their counterpart on UCW’s Photography in Practice degree, said: “Students were able to practice their client interaction skills, creatively interpret a brief and work under pressure for an extended period of time.

“They were also able to see their ideas come to life under professional lighting and challenge themselves to work with other creatives with different technical demands.”

Follow UCWeston on Facebook to see the full gallery of images from the project.

All of the degrees discussed above are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.