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Iver make-up and hair academy to launch at heart of Pinewood Studios

Iver Academy Iver Academy claims it will provide the most 'comprehensive' training in its field
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A new make-up and hair academy is to launch in September, which its founders claim will be the most comprehensive of its type.

The Iver Academy, which will be based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, will run courses between five days’ and 30 weeks’ duration, specialising in make-up and hair design for the television, theatre, film and fashion industries.

The school has been set up by former tutors of London make-up school Greasepaint, which closes in July.

Iver Academy principal Liz Tagg-Wooster, who has worked at Greasepaint for three years, said she felt she needed to safeguard what she described as a vital industry training avenue for future artists.

“There are one or two private make-up schools but Greasepaint had a completely different feel to it because it was so industry based. It was really getting that vocational training and that’s what I want to carry on,” she told The Stage.

Tagg-Wooster said the Iver Academy would be the most comprehensive training academy for the industry, adding that the school would extend the hair courses it offers in order to cater for a gap in the industry.

“What we find working across the board is that there is a lack of hair skills. Hairdressers these days learn to cut and colour, they don’t learn to do old-fashioned dressing. That’s what we need to tap into, and get that skill set up in this country so UK artists can work on UK films rather than the films bringing in people from abroad,” she said.

The new premises at Pinewood will consist of three studios, one for prosthetics and airbrushing, one for make-up and another for hair.

“We’ve got the James Bond stage on one side of us and Star Wars on the other. What we’re hoping will happen is that by being in the centre of Pinewood our students will be there to call on and there will be lots of opportunities for them to have work experience and gain contacts,” Tagg-Wooster said.

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