Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

Make Up With Special Effects for the Creative Industries

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Course summary

Our exciting and creative course is multi-disciplinary in that students learn a variety of specialist practical and academic skills appropriate for various industry sectors and specialisms. The focus is upon your development of appropriate practical, technical, creative and intellectual skills. The course will develop your knowledge and understanding, enabling experimentation and innovation and the formulation of visual and verbal strategies to generate and communicate ideas. We also foster creative, critical and reflective thinking and understanding, the ability to interrelate theory and practice through appropriate research strategies. This involves the understanding and evaluation of the different specialist contexts of makeup artistry in which you operate such as; film, television, theatre, editorial, commercial, or fashion. Ultimately you will learn and acquire a range of transferable skills, self-awareness and self-confidence, enabling the realisation of your individual potential, personal, social and professional development and strategies for professional practice and lifelong learning. These skills will help you to become employable makeup / special effects / prosthetics artists. As well as gaining a thorough understanding of this wide and exciting industry, you will learn practical skills to support your entry into all of these areas. Skills include:

  • Contextual Makeup application (for differing genres)
  • Hair styling and setting
  • Postiche and wig work – how to do hand knotting, apply/safe removal of a hair piece
  • Colour theory
  • Historical / period makeup and hair styling
  • Special effects makeup, i.e. casualty simulation, character, trauma
  • Small scale prosthetics; bald caps, 3-d transfers, flat moulds
  • Body casting; moulding, sculpting and colouration
  • Body painting and creative techniques
  • Design development process; research, face charts
  • Communication of ideas


Level 4 Modules include: Studio Practice; Special Effects with Character Make-up; Prosthetics with Character Make-up; Contextual Studies 1; Personal Development and Planning. Level 5 Modules include: Advanced Studio Practice (Further Media Make-up / Postiche); Intermediate Prosthetics; Creative Make-up Design and Application; Portfolio Building; Contextual Studies 2; Professional Development. Level 6 Modules include: Advanced Studio Practice; Major Project; Professional Promotion; Critical Appraisal; Dissertation; Professional Portfolio.

Assessment method

An active and collaborative approach to learning is encouraged on this course. Students are encouraged to develop personal and professional independence, and maintain a self-managed approach to learning. This is facilitated through a project based approach to learning, which develops academic independence through a variety of individual research topics. As the course progresses, we place an increasing emphasis on independent learning and critical self-awareness, culminating in the production of a personal and professionally executed final collection and portfolio which demonstrates creativity and a range of appropriate professional skills. We aim to provide a friendly and enthusiastic environment for students. Students are encouraged to explore their individual creativity, and are supported through every aspect of the course, both personally and professionally. We provide a supportive backdrop to the student centred teaching and learning methods, which are designed to enhance personal development. Increasing emphasis will be placed upon independent learning throughout the course, via negotiated, self-initiated briefs. This independence ensures that you realise your individual potential and achieve your academic and future career aspirations. You will be assessed by a range of formative and summative assessments, which allow you to continue strengthening your skills as a Creative Make-Up Artist. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study, which will be reflected in the method of assessment; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work will be presented in essays, reports or journals, including a Dissertation to be completed at Level Six.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

As part of the application process, you will be required to attend an interview to which you should bring a portfolio of your work. Applications are encouraged though non-traditional routes. An appropriate level of study will be identified through a portfolio presentation and evidence of professional practice experience at interview. If you have already completed a Foundation degree or HND, you will be considered for direct entry to the appropriate level of the degree course.

Additional entry requirements


Candidates will be invited to attend for interview and be given an initial assessment.


Candidates will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview session.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.
Make Up With Special Effects for the Creative Industries at Bradford College - UCAS