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Course summary

Would you like to be a professional make-up artist, working on TV productions such as Game of Thrones and Doctor Who or on blockbuster films such as Star Wars and the Marvel series? Perhaps you see yourself working for companies such as Madame Tussauds or The English National Opera? That’s exactly what some of our graduates have gone on to achieve, and with this course under your belt, there’s every chance for you to follow suit. This unique programme will give you: • An in-depth understanding of the media make-up industry • Insight into the role of make-up artists in relation to stage, TV and film, fashion editorial and promotional shoots • The skills and creative flair to use make-up to express emotions, transform faces and portray character • The technical and artistic skills for complete make-up transformations • The research skills required to ensure the quality and accuracy of character portrayal • Skills in the art of hair work, character development, body painting, postiche, wig-making and prosthetics • A comprehensive portfolio of work to show prospective employers. • The opportunity to undertake work-based learning and live projects in the media world. Modules may include: • Make-up Investigation • Special FX • Wig Making Essentials • Prosthetics • Body Painting. Progression Opportunities Once the Foundation Degree has been completed, students can apply to the BA (Hons) Media Make-up Top-up available at UCS.


Modules may include: • Make-up Investigation • Special FX • Wig Making Essentials • Prosthetics • Body Painting.

Assessment method

Our specialist staff have extensive knowledge of the industry, along with the experience and expertise to guide you as you develop your skill set. The programme is modular in design, and assessment is continuous, by means of coursework. You will complete written assignments, journals and design presentations, as well as undertaking regular practical projects. You will also attend lectures and workshops and develop your research skills throughout the course

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

International applicants

International applicants are required to apply through UCAS. For further details please contact the HE Admissions Team

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

students are also required to have four GCSEs to include English Grade 4 or above or a recognised L2 equivalent Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.

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You will be advised of the content of your portfolio when you receive your invitation to interview

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Media Make-up at University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College - UCAS