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Make-Up Artistry

UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

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Through the unique programme design, excellent industry reputation and alumni success; the Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry produces qualified make-up artists who are equipped with all the skills necessary to be successful within the media make-up industry. Throughout the programme; students will develop and hone their practical makeup artistry talent and additionally, gain an understanding of vital hairstyling skills which are vital for a successful career in the Editorial, TV and film industry. The Foundation Degree will also support student’s academic skillset; each module has both practical and theoretical components which allow students to flourish into well-rounded professionals. The Make-Up Artistry programmes are designed to offer stimulating, relevant and appealing curricula that will be valued by students and employers both nationally and internationally. Students have greatly impacted the course design process and have been consulted on the content of every module. The programmes currently have an established reputation within the industry for producing talented, creative and highly motivated Make-Up Artists. Work based learning underpins the Make-up Artistry Foundation Degree; equipping the students with necessary promotional tools and work based employment to support them in entering the local and global creative make-up industry. Manchester is thriving with creative employment opportunities for Make-Up Artists from a vast range of theatres, film companies, photography studios, agencies, cosmetic companies and freelance employment opportunities.

Course details


You’ll have opportunities to gain significant experience and work placements on both courses. Examples of current modules- Year 1- • Design Development for the Make-up Artist • Introduction to Design Concepts • Historical Concepts Hair & Make-up • Styling for the Make-up Industry • Studio Practice • Professional and Academic Development Year - • Applied Postiche and Hair Styling • Collaborative Practice • Freelancing • Creative Skills • Portfolio Development • Professional Practice.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following: • Presentations • Practical Assessments • Learning Journals • Portfolios • Written Projects • Work-related employment • Blogs You will be required to complete study hours within college and self-directed study. You are expected to undertake a minimum amount of work-related learning hours with the encouragement of engagement in further experience.

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How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Course code3M77
Institution code M10
Campus nameFielden Campus
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points

GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

You are required to buy or have the equivalent kits; airbrush (£50), Mac Make-up (£350), Hair (£200), brushes (£100) (Order forms for kits are given to students within welcome packs prior to September). 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. Additional costs may be incurred for the following: • There are voluntary day trips available in year 1 and 2 where contributions are required (starting from £40 depending on the package) • You will need to purchase a digital storage device up to 1TB • Costumes and Models must be sourced for each practical assessment; the cost for this varies dependent on student preferences but must be paid for and sourced independently • A professional portfolio (estimated to start at £40) • Learning Journals (estimated to start at £6 each) will also need to be purchased • SD card for camera £10 • Batteries for use in the photographic studio (AA) It is expected that students purchase the above items independently, and are responsible for obtaining these items prior to starting the course in September.
Make-Up Artistry at UCEN Manchester - UCAS