Bedford College Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bedfordshire

Foundation Degree Make-up and Character Design (Bedford)

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Course summary

Prepare for a career as a make-up artist in television, film, theatre, prosthetics, advertising and fashion, or progression to the BA (Hons) Media Performance for Film, TV and Theatre, with experience of a broad range of techniques, craft skills and in-depth analysis valuable to future employers. Research and realise characters through hair and wig setting, postiche, costume, prop design, prosthetics and designing effects make-up. To create convincing and realistic special effects, learn anatomy and physiology and practice drawing from life to identify the body’s reaction, and the visual impact. How will this course enhance my career prospects? • You will work independently and in collaboration within the media facilities alongside student actors, TV producers, and presenters. You will have the opportunity to work with scriptwriting or production management teams from different degrees or in collaboration with local theatres and TV productions. • You will develop skills to set up as a freelance make-up artist. • You will also gain experience of working in teams and in collaboration with others, preparing you for employment in make-up and media industries.

Course details


Anatomy And Its Visual Representation (MED042-1) Compulsory Period And Editorial Makeup And Hair (MED043-1) Compulsory Professional Practice (MED044-1) Compulsory Researching And Creating A Character (MED045-1) Compulsory Fantasy Character Design Creation (MED052-2) Compulsory Foundation Degree Show (MED055-2) Compulsory Professional Development And Freelancing In Make-Up Industry (MED054-2) Compulsory Research And Applications Of High Fashion Makeup (MED053-2) Compulsory

Assessment method

In most units, there are three assessments. Your practical skills will be assessed via practical assessments and portfolios. All summative practical assessments will be preceded by formative assessments where you will produce the work in exam conditions, but where the tutor will provide constructive feedback to enable you develop your work. Your academic ability will be assessed by written reports and essays relevant to your field. You will show your make-up and character research and critical evaluation in these reports and in sketchbooks. You will make presentations to present your findings to your peers and tutors.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

You will need: -32-48 UCAS points (BTEC Level 3 Diploma in a relevant subject area, an A-Level portfolio or 1 A-Level at A Grade) AND -English GCSE at grade 4 / grade C or above / Level 2 -Maths GCSE at grade 4 / grade C or above / Level 2 is desirable We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if they do not meet the criteria stated. Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype / telephone. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing a broad range of experience in specialist make-up.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6165* Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165* Year 1
Scotland £6165* Year 1
Wales £6165* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Fees subject to change
Foundation Degree Make-up and Character Design (Bedford) at Bedford College Group - UCAS