University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make Up

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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Flourish behind the scenes with our Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Makeup Foundation Degree. This creative course allows you to develop the high-calibre of skills demanded by the competitive industry while our strong industry links and emphasis on practical learning, prepare you for a successful backstage career. Our programme blends academic study with industry insight to provide a comprehensive understanding of the industry. We encourage professional development, so as you study, you’ll gain industry experience. You will experience lectures, sketchbook workshops, critiques, discussions and presentations, while building your professional portfolio. As you study, you’ll learn specialist skills such as special effects makeup, body art, and wig knotting. You’ll have opportunities to showcase at events and work backstage on productions and shoots, helping you to polish your professional portfolio. We regularly invite industry experts to guest lecture or run makeup masterclasses. Train in our bespoke setting at our partner television studio, Prime Studios. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience with local theatres such as Leeds Grand Theatre and Carriageworks Theatre and at events such as the IMATS and United Makeup Artists Expo.

Course details


Over the two years of this course modules may include: Year 1 Creative Hair and Make Up 1 Creative Hair and Make Up 2 Historical Influences in Hair and Makeup Principles of Flat Mould Appliances Professional Development Special Effects Make Up Year 2 2D and 3D Body Art Creative Postiche Managing the Creation of a Showcase Prosthetics and Casting Work Related Learning

Assessment method

You will be assessed using the following methods: •Assignments, •Practical observations / photographic, •Presentations, •Portfolio production, •Reflection and Evaluation Journals and •Continuous Feedback.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Quarry Hill Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


All suitable applicants would be invited to attend an interview where we would like to view your portfolio of work.


English language requirements

4 GCSE grades at C or above including English and Maths. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. To support you with practical aspects of course, you will be required to purchase a professional make-up and hair kit which uses the highest quality and professional standard products from industry reputable brands. This would include the following items: Special effects, prosthetics and casting from PS composites Full editorial and fashion makeup kit from leading brands Lace front wig (worth over £300), wig and postiche making equipment and hair equipment from Treasure House of Makeup Airbrush kit and body art products from Airbase Pro brush set from leading cosmetic brush company To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible, for industry recognised professional branded quality products that will set you up in your future career, your kit will be ordered through the College. It is estimated that a full industry standard kit will cost in the region of £1300. As we recognise this is a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for you to be able to apply for this cost to be added to your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. If taking this option please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the college. Optional expenses may include: £10 professional photoshoots at the end of practical assessments £25 prosthetics trip Any additional resources individual to own projects
Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make Up at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS