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Course summary

BA (Hons) Specialist Make-up Design (Level 6) is a one-year programme providing a route to an honours degree for students that have completed a Foundation Degree, or equivalent Level 5 qualification, in Specialist Make-up Design or a closely related subject. The course will encourage the development of advanced level professional skills and will prepare you for working within the creative industries, as Specialist Make-up & Hair Artists and Designers.  The term Specialist Make-up encompasses those elements of the industry using media make-up and hairstyling techniques, along with specialist make-up effects such as prosthetics. The course aims to encourage and enable you to identify and realise your own creative potential within self-identified personal, social, community and commercial contexts. Skills developed will be critical reflection and evaluation, effective communication skills within make-up design contexts, and those skills supporting theory and practice across a range of two and three-dimensional media, materials, processes and technologies. You will develop a critically aware and reflective attitude to your professional, studio and research practices in Specialist Make-up, participating in relevant theoretical and practice-led discourses through seminars and writing a dissertation or research project. Critical discussion will develop the implications of new and emerging technologies on roles within the many industry contexts and you will explore their place in relation to the wider creative industries. You will demonstrate your personal and professional skills, including creative, intellectual and practical transferable skills, and your knowledge and experience of industry practice, through your professional-standard portfolio. You will be able to develop an individual creative identity with the potential for a sustainable personal and professional practice in a professional environment (through employment or freelance) or by progression to further study elsewhere. Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Media Make-up Artist • Make-up Designer • Prosthetics Make-up Artist • Wigmaker • Freelance Artist or a career within the ever-expanding creative industry sector


Level 6 Modules Specialist Make-up and Hair Design  Contemporary Professional Practice  Dissertation/Major Research Project  Conceptual Make-up Design

Assessment method

All modules are coursework submissions (no exams), ranging from creative portfolios, practical work outcomes, individual presentations, and written assignments/critical reviews and dissertation.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have achieved a Foundation Degree or HND in relevant subject

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students may have previously purchased kits through recent Foundation Degree course study, it is expected they will use your kit and purchase/provide additional specific products and materials appropriate to your individual design needs, academic work, and for final exhibition display. There are no formal kit purchases for this BA course; if students already have the Foundation Degree kit. There will be an allocated visit as part of your study funded via your paid course fees– the course tutor will advise you of this trip and dates. Additional trips and visits to enrich your course will be at additional cost (not included in any college fees).
Specialist Make-up Design Top-up at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS