March 9, 2021
Craft certificate

After studying hair and makeup for many years, Sabrina Tait was passionate about pursuing a career in the industry.

On completing a hair and makeup degree, she began searching for a course to take her skills to the next level. The UK Film and TV Hair and Makeup Craft Certificate at University Centre Leeds was the perfect stepping stone into an ever-changing industry.

A groundbreaking course

Launched for the first time last year, this part-time training programme is part of the Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, an initiative designed to provide trainees with a clear pathway to working in the film and TV industry. 

“This course is the first of its kind in the district. It is taught by experienced industry professionals and enabled me to enhance my practical skills and broaden my knowledge, by focusing on real life experience and engaging modules.The craft certificate was incredibly dynamic, combining a mixture of exciting boot camps and practical sessions, allowing us to develop the skills needed on set. 

“Unfortunately we could not do our industry work experience because of the pandemic restrictions, however the course organisers ensured we would still benefit from expert knowledge and arranged virtual guest speakers including Stephen Fry!”

Headstart in the industry

Designed by the National Film and Television School, the craft certificate was created as a result of the skills being identified as ‘in demand’ across Yorkshire’s thriving film and television industries. 

“Although there’s huge demand for hair and makeup crew in Yorkshire, industry connections are one of the most important tools for success. This course gave me some incredible opportunities to network with industry professionals in the region, who I’ve worked with on projects after completing the certificate.”

A cut above the rest

With a strong passion for hairdressing, Sabrina gained valuable experience during the course.

“My highlights of the course were the refresher in female hair and barbering basics module. 

The industry specialists had incredible knowledge and because of that, I developed a real aptitude for barbering and have since started working towards my qualifications.”

On the big screen

Since completing the craft certificate, Sabrina has played a key role in upcoming campaigns.

“I’ve been working on some really exciting projects recently, including feature film, Munich 1938, Penny Appeal, Domestic Violence Appeal and Elderly Appeal, which are all due to be released in the coming months.

“I’d advise anyone wanting to break into the industry to gain as much experience as possible, always stay humble and continue to make connections with other industry professionals.”

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Leeds in partnership with Screen Yorkshire, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.