NFM Academy a new initiative supported by Creative Skillset, aims to increase the North East’s TV and film crew base training those new to the industry and offering the opportunity to those already working in the industry to step up into new roles.

Hosted by Ryan Hooper and Michael Birtley the workshop will looks at the career path of both a costume designer and make up designer, their individual roles and how they work together on a production.

Ryan Hooper is a Costume professional with over 15 years of costume experience. Most recently the Costume Designer on The Dumping Ground for CBBC and Costume Supervisor on Wolfblood, Vera and Tracy Beaker Returns.

Michael Birtley is a professional makeup artist again with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked as makeup and hair designer for WolfbloodThe Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, School for Seduction and Billy Elliot.

When: Tuesday 31st January, 10am – 4.00pm (registration from 9.30am).

Where: Cobalt Studios, 10 Boyd Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AP. 


Please note that this class is for early career industry professionals based in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear).


To register your interest in this event please follow this link as well as submitting (1) a summary of no more than 150 words as to why you are interested in ether of the departments, and (2) a CV showing any paid or unpaid work experience, both to before Wed 25th Jan. Successful applicants will be imnformed on Friday 27th January.

If you have any questions regarding NFM Academy Plus please contact Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge for this event.