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Course summary

Spectacular make-up and dramatic special effects can transform a production. BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance at AUB gives you the skills needed to play a key creative role in performance, fashion, film or television. The make-up artist is an important member of any production and you’ll work with students studying acting, film production, costume and fashion to create ‘live’ collaborative projects. What you will learn The course explores the representation of make-up within the physicality of the body and its relationship to media and performance. It situates the practice and design thinking of make-up transformation in a variety of contextual, conceptual, cultural, historical and theoretical frameworks. Exploring audience perceptions and the semiotics of makeup, the course aims to explore the extraordinary spectrum of hair, make-up and prosthetic practices within and beyond existing modes of the discipline and to provide the opportunity to focus on an industry specific specialism. In its bold and innovative approach to the study of make-up, the course adopts a focus. The direction your work takes is led by individual interests and aspirations in a learning environment where you are encouraged to push the boundaries of your creative practice whilst maintaining professional focus and currency. Existing knowledge, skills, competencies and creative practice are consolidated and developed through research, analysis, criticism, design and realisation. You will learn to use independent judgement and be critically self-aware in your approach to problem solving. Building a portfolio that represents your individual identity as a creative make-up practitioner and thinker will thus prepare you to graduate as a responsive, competent and creative artist able to initiate, communicate and generate ideas. Contextual and critical studies deepens your knowledge and understanding of the global, ethical, cultural and economic contexts in which the work of make-up artists can be placed. Issues of sexuality, gender, race, body modification, psychology, anthropology and technology are embedded within the delivery of this exciting Honours degree. Professional ethics, social issues and cultural sensitivities associated with specialist make-up practice and the professional environment are integral to the curriculum delivery and the nature of the subject. Approximately 71% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to...

  • Practice as a skilled, independent make-up artist with confidence, competence and creative vision.
  • Describe contemporary make-up issues, their place within social, historical, cultural, and dramatic contexts, and demonstrate the interrelationship between research, theory and practice through your work.
  • Work collaboratively and responsively with other people using a range of communication, problem-solving and practical transformation skills.
  • Engage with issues of sustainability and ethics and relate them to your practice as make-up artists.
  • Locate your professional practice appropriately within changing global, national and local contexts with the academic ability necessary to progress to postgraduate study.
  • Challenge existing boundaries for the study and practice of make-up transformation through research, design development, experimentation and practice.

Assessment method

Coursework and practical work

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).

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Additional entry requirements


Applicants will be asked to submit a digital portfolio for review by the course team.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
TOEFL (iBT)80minimum score of 18 in writing, listening, and reading and 19 in speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180
PTE Academic54A minimum of 51 in each component
Cambridge English ProficiencyOverall score of 200

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £17950 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17950 Year 1

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Make-Up for Media and Performance at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS