Swindon College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Gloucestershire

Advanced Make-up, Hair and Prosthetics

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Course summary

TEF Silver

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This one year Level 6 programme has been designed to further develop and extend the knowledge acquired by students at level five, in wig-making, hair, make-up and prosthetics for film, TV and theatre. The course encourages a developmental approach to teaching and learning, encouraging research, experimentation and reflection. This highly practical course has a strong emphasis on professional working practices, focusing on the development of individual competence and confidence in the production of industry standard outcomes. Module design enables students to develop their own creative ideas to discover their own individuality and to make them stand out in the field of professional make-up, hair and body artistry. The course has excellent connections within the industry, and will offer students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals through organised trips, guest speakers, demonstrations and benefit from the current professional experience of our lecturers. Central to each student’s development on the course is the continuous formative feedback, both from peers and tutors, as ideas are conceived, work is designed and planned, in the creation and development of final pieces, through to completion of the final outcome. Students will work in an environment which mirrors that of a work place, and are supported to develop the attitudes, skills and attributes needed to work in a demanding industry both alongside other professionals, and as autonomous artists. Students may progress into careers in theatrical hair and make-up departments in the UK or touring, on set make-up artists for TV and film, cruise line make-up artists for companies such as Disney, make-up artists in fashion, bridal and editorial, make-up brand pro teams, prosthetic artists, wig making studios, hair punching and prop makers for companies such as Madame Tussaud’s and Merlin Effects, as well as body and face paint artists. Some students may decide to pursue careers in writing, education and teaching. The pay for make-up artists vary dependent on the assignment. Most makeup artists work freelance and are paid per contract which can range from hours to days to months. Basic daily rates for an experienced artist start at £200 day (8hours) in fashion, £260 day for film and TV (longer hours). Face and body painters can charge up to £60 hour, bridal hair and makeup artists can earn approximately £400 for one wedding and the average for a theatrical artist contract is £35 000 starting (pro rata). Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/note-taking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable.

Course details


Module 1 - Advanced Hair and Wig Making Module 2 - Advanced Make-up and Prosthetics Module 3 - Professional Practice Module 4 - Developing Design Ideas and Experimentation Module 5 - Delivering Demonstrations Module 6 - Final Major Project

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

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

*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.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Swindon College is currently unable to accept TIER 4 students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

This course is for students who have completed Level 5 training in make up and hair or a similar subject and are wishing to develop and expand their skills further at Level 6.

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An individual score of 5.5 in each individual element is essential.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1
International £8410 Year 1

Additional fee information

£600 specialist materials kit. The expectation is you will already have a full make-up, hair, airbrush and wig making kit.
Advanced Make-up, Hair and Prosthetics at Swindon College - UCAS