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Course summary

FdA in Specialist Make-up Design prepares you for working within the television, film and wider creative industries as Make-up & Hair Artists. 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. Contextual studies, creative skills, business practice and industry knowledge will be developed alongside practical studies. The course encourages and enables you to identify and realise your own personal creative potential and your individual aspirations, within a range of personal, social, community and commercial contexts. Skills developed will be critical reflection, 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 and processes. The course aims to build your knowledge and understanding of traditional, historical and contemporary industry led make-up and hair design practice within media, TV and film contexts. Evaluation via critical discussion will identify the roles of the Make-up Artist and Designer within the many industry contexts, introduce the development of new and emerging technologies and explore their place in relation to the wider creative industries. You will demonstrate personal and professional skills including competent application of specialist make-up, hair and postiche. You will develop creative, intellectual, personal and practical transferable skills, and gain knowledge and experience of industry relevant processes and materials, documented through building your portfolio of specialist make-up and hair design practice, covering a range of cognitive and practical skills and your individual creative identity, in order to be able to pursue future creative practice either in a professional environment or by progression to further study. 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 4 Modules Media Make-up and Hair Creative Practice Contextual Studies Fashion, Editorial and Body Art Digital Media & Portfolio Building Studio Practice: Freelance Practitioner Level 5 Modules Advanced Media Make-up Hairstyling, Wigs and Facial Postiche Creative Practice for Media and Prosthetic Make-up Historical Contextual Studies Prosthetics and Special Effects Make-up Design Major Design Project and Showcase

Assessment method

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

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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please submit a transcript of current modules to be considered for year 2

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

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7995 Year 1
Channel Islands £7995 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7995 Year 1
England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1

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Specialist Make-up Design at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS