Leicester College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: De Montfort University

Artistic Make Up and Special Effects

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Course summary

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This is a two year university-level programme which provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure a career in artistic makeup within the fashion/ media and prosthetics industry. This degree is designed to give you experience and skills to contribute to the economic and cultural development of your chosen profession, whilst enhancing your career prospects with a range of skills for your future employability. The course is delivered by a team of expert staff with professional backgrounds which ensures that modules are relevant, up-to-date and informed by the latest thinking and techniques. Effective links with industry allow us to provide current and up-to-date techniques for example fibreglass mould making, polyurethane, silicone and foam latex materials, as well as industry guest speakers from fashion, theatre and television. Opportunities for various work experience on the course develops confidence and essential employability skills. The opportunity to apply to a third year top-up to a BA (Hons) in Professional Studies (Creative Industries) is also offered at the college.

Course details


Year one modules include: The human body, which explores the visual effects of ageing, death and decay. Visual communication includes life drawing, ceramic/sculpting and basic photography. Postiche to include wig making and hair additions. Fashion/editorial hair and make up techniques, covers a variety of genres and periods of history. Specialist make up includes body painting, bald caps, casualty techniques, theatre and television make up. Historical and contextual understanding looks at the psychology of display. Year two modules include: Advanced prosthetics which develops mould making techniques, including fibreglass, polyurethane, silicone and foam latex materials. Digital media for make-up industries which includes blogging and online portfolio, historical and cultural hairstyling for film and fashion, contemporary contexts and visual media to explore character development within a theoretical context. Freelance practitioner which investigates employability and freelance business skills. Negotiated study for students to focus on a chosen specialist area which is showcased at the end of the year event.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods will be employed which include practical assessment in both formative and summative assessment which will include journals to show development of research, practice and evaluation. You will also be required to complete three essays covering a variety of topics, provide formal presentations, project proposals and write a report on business planning.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW452
Institution code L36
Campus nameFreemen's Park Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the International Office directly ([email protected]) to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status. International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available at: https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/study/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points Standard entry is 32 UCAS points consisting of at least 1 full Level 3 qualification in a related subject. You are also expected hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent. AS Levels are only counted towards your UCAS tariff in combination with a Full Level 3 qualification. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level and can evidence relevant experience.
A level EE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-English speakers

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6165 Year 1
England £6165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 Year 1
Scotland £6165 Year 1
Wales £6165 Year 1
International £9950 Year 1

Additional fee information

You will need to purchase a kit of approx £800 and camera. You will also be required to contribute towards the ongoing course materials over the two years including all costs for your final project. Additional resource costs for individual projects will apply.
Artistic Make Up and Special Effects at Leicester College - UCAS