Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design at York College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The role of the make-up artist for film and television will see you create an array of looks, from classic elegance to full body prosthetics and SFX. This course will allow for the development of a number of skills, whilst encouraging students to express their own individual identity and creativity. This foundation degree puts you at the heart of the media industry. It will equip you with a combination of technical expertise, academic knowledge and transferable skills required by industry. The programme has been specifically designed for students wanting to develop their skills further in the exciting growth area of TV, film and theatre. You’ll be working with experts in the fields of hairdressing, special effects make-up, face casting, sculpting, the application of bald caps and prosthetics. This programme has been designed with feedback from industry and teaching professionals to give you an unrivalled learning experience. As you progress through the programme you will have the opportunity to specialise and create a portfolio of work tailored to your own progression route. A range of assessment methods is used within the modules including work-based assignments, case studies, presentations, projects, problem-based scenarios, simulations, portfolios, reflective assignments, learning journals and outcomes of negotiated learning contracts. Course themes include:

  • Employability skills
  • Make-up Exploration for varying effects
  • Continuity for film and television
  • Cutting, dressing and styling hair for film and television
  • Design, create and apply postiche
  • Period hair and make-up
  • Prosthetic Design and Application
  • Advanced Make-up Artistry Skills
Successful completion of the FD Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design will enable you to enrol on the BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design (Top-Up) course to convert your qualification into a full honours’ degree. Alternatively, you may wish to consider working as a freelance make-up or hair artist in television and film or work for companies specialising in special effects make up and prosthetics.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience, but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7200 Year 1
Scotland £7200 Year 1
Wales £7200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7200 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design at York College University Centre - UCAS