Theatrical Make-up at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - UCAS

Course summary

This 2 year higher education course 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 team and you’ll work with students studying acting, film production, costume and fashion to create ‘live’ collaborative projects. From period hair and make-up to editorial imagery and prosthetics, you will gain all the skills you need in this competitive industry. You will develop a range of specialist technical skills and assist in creating hair and make-up styles for different periods in history, this will include wig making and wig dressing. You will also develop your skills in making and applying prosthetics ensuring that they are suitable for a ‘live’ performance. As well as exploring fashion and catwalk make-up, we will also teach you to develop the skills required for you to set up and run your own freelance business. As a make-up artist it is important to be able to show your work through professional photographs, for this reason we have included basic photography into the course exploring all of the basic principles of photography including different lighting conditions and basic editing. You will create a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers. The course will also demonstrate your commitment, reliability and timekeeping skills – and your ability to evaluate your work and train your eye to pick up detail. 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. This course aims to: Develop your general ability in Fashion, Film, TV and Media makeup through effectively using and combining knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. Provide specialist studies in Specialist Makeup, hair and wig applications. Provide enhanced tutorial support to help develop your educational and vocational abilities, and the personal qualities and attitudes required to adapt to the demands of an ever changing industry. Provide the foundation for a range of technical and creative careers in Specialist Makeup Progression Opportunities After successful completion of this 2-year course, graduates can apply to do a Level 6 top up course on a BA (Hons) Degree or go into employment working in TV, Film, Theatre, Editorial, Photographic studios, Retail, Corporate Events or as a Freelance Make-up Artist.


Year 1 Modules • The Performing Arts Industry • Professional Development • Special FX • Hair and Make-up Application • Fashion and Editorial Hair and Make-up • Period Hair and make-up • Lighting for Photography • Photographic Practices Year 2 Modules • Creative Research Project • Working in the Performing Arts Industry • Management Role • Hair and Make-up Design • Working in Creative Education • The Freelance Make-up Artist • Special FX2

Assessment method

Portfolio, written work, competitions, live performances, photos

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

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Hinckley Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

Entry requirements

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5950 Year 1
Scotland £5950 Year 1
Wales £5950 Year 1

Additional fee information

You will be expected to already have a basic hair and make-up kit. New wig kit - approx £25 (Hair and lace will also be needed relevant to each project) Replacement prosthetic kit - approx £165 Top up Kryolan kit - approx £180 Online resources - approx £120 Costumes or costume hire - approx £50-£100 Trips: The Prosthetic Event , Saturday 14th November 2020. Ricoh Arena - £45 West End show & Travel - approx £150 Workshops - approx £50 - £100
Theatrical Make-up at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - UCAS