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Thomas Pitt

BA (Hons) Prosthetics and Special Effects Design
Graduated 2023

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I decided to enrol on this course at Solent as I have a drive and motivation to explore the world of special effects in the film and media industry. Therefore, I feel that all the knowledge and practicalities of the course will help me to reach my aspirations and dissect what it means to be an SFX artist.

My favourite part of the course has definitely got to be the practical side, although I enjoy all of the contextual research and theory. It is great to learn and understand how to transform people into monsters and victims for the TV screen.

My biggest challenge is adapting and learning on the spot. The course has helped me to understand how last minute the industry can be, and how you should always make back-up plans just in case.

This course is for you if you have aspirations and dreams for the film and media industry. There are so many opportunities at Solent, where you can involve yourself in the world of SFX and get to know its ins and outs.

The Covid pandemic has taken away much of university life and what we expected. However, I’ve seen light through the darkness – virtually, I’ve met many new faces from across the country on my course, and it feels like a family rather than a class, as we are all so welcoming, with many unique cultures, accents, make-up backgrounds and more.

In the future, I will endeavour to become an SFX make-up artist – as it has been my aspiration for many years – so Solent was the best option to help me with that.