UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Special Effects Make-Up Artistry with University Preparatory Year Extended Degree Programme

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Course summary

UCEN Manchester recognises the diverse educational experience and backgrounds presented by students who wish to study Higher Education and This distinctive University Preparatory Year Extended Degree Programme in Make-up Artistry programme has been developed to act as an important stepping stone to support our students in gaining the experience and confidence required to start an undergraduate course. The University Preparatory Year Extended Degree Programme in Make-up Artistry course content and delivery has been developed and focused as an effective means of entry onto our specialist Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry or Special Effects Make-up Artistry programmes. The University Preparatory Year Extended Degree Programme in Make-up Artistry course has been designed to Introduce the student to new ways of creating and thinking within the art of Make-up Artistry. The course also develops the students’ key academic skills and reflective practice, independent learning, critical self-reflection and maturity of approach, as well as familiarising the student for study at university.


Examples of current modules- Year 1 - Preparing for HE (40 credits) This module supports the development of the key skills required for higher education study. The module content will include a focus on the importance of digital literacy to supporting study in higher education: together with the more traditional skills of analysis, academic writing, and oral presentation skills. This grounding in higher education study is designed to lay the foundations for success at undergraduate level, and students will be supported accordingly. Introduction to Make-Up Artistry (40 credits) This module aims to provide the opportunity for the students to explore experiment and then develop skills and knowledge within a range of make-up artistry disciplines; including character designing, drawing, illustration, photography, basic photographic manipulation, cosmetic function & form, cosmetic application & technique, basic specialist make-up effects, and hairstyling. Personal Project (40 credits) This module allows students to further develop an individual, specialised project within their chosen subject specialist area, (or combination of areas), thus preparing them for the more self-directed nature of study at degree level. It allows students to develop further creative thinking, project planning and management skills whilst articulating a clear subject specialist direction. It is anticipated that the combination of subject areas explored in an Introduction to Make-up Artistry will foster a lateral approach to personal project design, encouraging unusual and unique solutions.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used including: • Portfolio • Final module evaluation and outline of personal project intentions • Written personal project brief / research proposal • Completion of creative project / research and presentation to audience of staff and peers • E-portfolio of evidence

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The Foundation Year enables you to study a Foundation Degree even if you haven’t quite got the level 3 grades to start in year 1 or you have studied in an unrelated area. It is also ideal if you don’t have any qualifications but you have the ability to study to foundation degree level. You will apply for a 3 year full time foundation degree which includes study on the foundation year. If you successfully pass your foundation year you will gain automatic entry onto year 1 of the foundation degree. We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4. Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants may be invited to attend an interview where they will be asked to provide examples of written work, a portfolio of images demonstrating their skills within make-up / hair, or provide examples of designs work/illustrations. They will also hear more about the course structure, see the facilities and meet the staff. The whole process could take between 2-3 hours. There is availability for a remote interview for overseas/applicants who have to travel; links to e-portfolios and written work will be submitted electronically prior to the remote Interview taking place.


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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Students are expected to buy a starter kit at £200 For the Foundation Degree in Special Effects Make-up Artistry, the kits to be purchased by the Special effects Make-up Artistry students include: an airbrush kit, hair kit and special effects kit and brush roll, approximately- £550, and in addition a cosmetic make-up kit should they not already possess one. Assignments and portfolio images will need printing. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. The books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for their course at their own expense.
Special Effects Make-Up Artistry with University Preparatory Year Extended Degree Programme at UCEN Manchester - UCAS