Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

Make-up Artistry for the Creative Industries

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Course summary

This foundation degree has been developed and aims to focus on make-up and hair for the Creative Industries such as film, television, theatre, editorial and private clients/ public sector. The programme of study is intended to provide specialist skills in makeup application and hair to cater to the needs of the wide and varied creative arts and industries. It is aimed primarily towards learners who, after two years of study wish to enter the industry, pursue freelance/self-employment or continue with further study. The programme content and output will enable you to compile a professional portfolio to showcase your practice of makeup and/or hair skills to aid employability and career opportunities. You will adopt practical and critical approaches to problem-solving in the design, development, and application of make-up artistry and hairstyling in various industry contexts. Teaching strategies include practical demonstrations and applications, lectures, seminars, group critiques, staff and student-led presentations, tutorials, live projects (competitions, work experience), essays, portfolio of work, visiting professionals and visits to galleries, museums and makeup industry environments. Make-up and hair kit (a list of kit items with recommended suppliers) is sent to students before the course starts. Indicative content for practical skills are:

  • Makeup Application for various contexts of industry (such as film/TV, editorial, commercial/public/special occasion)
  • Historical Hair and Make-up
  • Character Hair and Make-up
  • Postiche
  • Barbering
  • Male and Female Grooming
Ultimately students will acquire a range of transferable skills, self-awareness, and self-confidence, enabling the realisation of individual potential, personal, social and professional development and strategies for professional practice and lifelong learning.


In year 1 you will build on your knowledge of the subject to enable progression to year 2. Level 4:

  • Techniques and Processes
  • Contextual Design
  • Business Building and Promotion
Level 5:
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Creative and Design Development
  • Contextual Design
- Business Building and Promotion

Assessment method

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the programme, determined by the aims and learning outcomes of individual modules. The most common method for practical modules is the presentation of a body of work in portfolio form (consisting of practical assessments) supported by preparatory work (sketchbooks and visual learning journals, with design development or technical skills, reflection and annotation). Assessment methods for academic / theory type modules consist of either a portfolio of work or individual essays, journals and seminar presentations. The emphasis at level 4 is on the assessment of key practical and academic skills. This is further developed at level 5 with more specialist skills, theory, independent learning and higher levels of criticality. Within each module handbook there is an assessment plan giving you information about when each assignment is handed out and submitted. This also allows you to plan your time and manage your workload effectively. For modules that are ‘long and thin’, i.e. are taught over two semesters, formative assessment and feedback takes place towards the end of semester one and the start of semester two to enable a student’s further progression and development. Formative feedback is provided via individual and group tutorials in all modules throughout each semester to support summative assessment. The format of the work submitted for assessment should reflect what is stated in the module handbook. This could be in the form of a practical application, a portfolio, an essay or a presentation. Across the programme a range of assessment formats will be utilised that will reflect the nature of the module (practical, technical or theory) and to account for different learning styles. Research, design development, contextualisation, practical application and reflection form an important part of the assessment process for all the modules, with the development of portfolios providing much of the evidence for your creative, technical, practical, reflective and academic learning and development. This should also help to provide you with a completed portfolio of work that could help you to enter employment or further study when finishing the programme. Detailed written and verbal feedback forms an integral part of our progressive teaching, learning and assessment strategy.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admission is normally based on your portfolio and interview. Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants will also be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are welcomed by the College. Students should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such recognition.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants will be invited to an interview and present a portfolio of practical work.


The portfolio may consist of research, design development and work in progress (such as sketchbooks, visual journal) or finished pieces of work in the form of images, photographs, actual 3-D pieces. Applicants may come from a wider background of art and design and thus demonstrate a variety of skills from different disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, graphics or installation.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £875 Credit
Northern Ireland £875 Credit
Scotland £875 Credit
Wales £875 Credit

Additional fee information

The course fees for a Part-time HND is £875 per 20 credits. Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.
Make-up Artistry for the Creative Industries at Bradford College - UCAS