The Advanced courses at Delamar are highly regarded in the industry as the best training for artists who wish to excel in hair, prosthetics or fashion. These courses are designed for students on the 1 Year Course at Delamar or for industry professionals looking to take their skillset and employability to the next level.
Artists travel from all over the world for the January term at Delamar. The Advanced courses run for a full six weeks where students are challenged to grow their skillset beyond what they believe is possible. These skills enable graduates to be hired more easily in the film, TV and fashion industries.
The job opportunities graduates have enjoyed have been incredible. We have placed Advanced Hair Gradates on: Maleficent, The Crown, The French Dispatch, Rocketman, Mission Impossible, London Fashion Week, Killing Eve, Wicked The Musical, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Tina The Musical the Royal Opera House and many more. We have Advanced Hair graduates working internationally too. Broadway New York, several big TV shows and House of Dancing Water in Macau are all productions hiring Delamar Advanced Hair graduates.
So what does “Advanced” actually mean? Good question! In the case of hair, prior to taking the Advanced course, an artist might not be confident when handed a lace wig and asked to style it into an Early Victorian set for example, with additional hairpieces called switches. Or, they might not feel confident creating hair cages, used frequently in films, high fashion and theatre jobs. This is a wire cage (literally) that sits within the hairstyle to create a lightweight yet impactful design. Contemporary techniques for intricately modern hairstyles are also taught on this course.
Once the course is completed, graduates will be able to set real hair lace wigs into key period hairstyles – Edwardian, Early and Late Victorian, 1920s finger waves, 1930s, 1940s, and the fundamental techniques to approach all hairstyles, both contemporary and historical.
Another huge appeal of this course is our tutors – Laura Solari, Jo Nielsen and Wendy Topping are three of the best in the industry with careers spanning over 25 years working on all the top feature films and theatre productions. These tutors have pioneered the course content, recognising skills needed in the industry and updating the course each year accordingly. This is one of the main reasons why Advanced Hair graduates are hired so frequently.
Make-up Artist & Hairstylist’s Guild award nominated for her work on Rocketman, Laura is known for her high technical standards and has been working for over 25 years, with both hair and make-up starting in the West End on shows such as Oliver, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins and the Royal Opera House. Ten years ago Laura moved into television and feature films to specialise in period hair styling. Credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Anna Karenina, X Men First Class, Captain America, Star Wars, Assassins Creed, and more recently Beauty and the Beast, Rocketman, The Nutcracker and The French Dispatch.
The “Grande Dame”… loved by the students for her warm and friendly approach, Wendy brings with her a wealth of experience from working at the Royal Opera House for the last 12 years as a freelance wig and make-up technician. Wendy has been Wig Mistress on ‘Oliver’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Oklahoma’ and the ‘Witches of Eastwick’, also working on ‘Carmen Jones’, ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’. Wendy also works in TV and Film, on productions such as Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scotts, Rocketman, Aeronauts, Suffragette, Ex Machina, Far from the Madding Crowd, Pan, Star Wars, and Beauty and the Beast. Wendy was a Principal Hairdresser for the London Olympics in 2012, working on both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Having just finished work with principal actors on Netflix series, The Crown, Jo has worked in the industry for many years as a hair and wig expert. Jo’s first job after college was Oklahoma at the Lyceum, later moving on to work on Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera, The Witches of Eastwick, My Fair Lady, various productions at The Royal Opera House, Mary Poppins and Wicked, to name but a few. Jo is currently the Wicked London/International Tour Supervisor and has helped many of our students and graduates to secure work placements in the Wigs department. Jo has also worked on feature films, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Mission Impossible 5, Pan, Star Wars, Darkest Hour, and The Nutcracker, and has worked as a daily artist on Game of Thrones, The Crown, and Taboo. Jo’s warm and encouraging manner helps our students to master the tricky technical skills needed for dressing wigs and styling hair.
To discuss enrolment on this course, please email your CV or information about your hair skills to firstname.lastname@example.org