The university is to host a summer school for teenagers run by a world-renowned special makeup effects company. Gorton Studio is responsible for some of the most memorable moments from shows like Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and The Catherine Tate Show, as well as a host of feature films. It will run the course at the university’s high-profile special and visual effects (SVFX) department throughout August. Youngsters aged between 14 and 18 will be taught by industry experts in four, week-long, summer schools.

Gorton Studio is directed by internationally acclaimed prosthetics designer Neill Gorton, who is also a visiting Professor at the University of Bolton. Neill, whose company is currently working on the monsters for the next series of Doctor Who, said: “This summer school will give them the chance meet people their own age and help them to realise there are others who share their passion. “It is also invaluable for parents – they can ask questions and gain an understanding of what career opportunities there might be for their children.

“There are kids who have attended previous summer schools who are now studying at the university and we have graduates from Bolton who are now working with us.” Neill will not be teaching as part of the school – the courses will be delivered by skilled artists from Gorton Studio. Simon Wiggins, Head of Creative Tech at the University of Bolton, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this Summer School. Who knows – it may uncover a special effects wizard of the future!”

The Summer Schools run from: July 29-August 2, August 5-9, August 12-16 and August 19-23.

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