BA (Hons) Specialist Make-up Design - (Level 6 | Top-up)

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Course Description

The BA (Hons) Specialist Make-up Design is a one year programme aimed at providing a route to an honours degree for students that have completed a Foundation Degree, or equivalent, in Specialist Make-up Design or a closely-related subject.

The degree will encourage the development of advanced level professional skills in make-up, hair, wigs and prosthetics, and will prepare learners for working within the TV, Film, Fashion and Theatre industries, as Make-up & Hair Artists and Designers.  You will also develop the academic and research skills to enable you to keep abreast of new developments and develop your critical thinking through researching your own (negotiated) study.  You will develop a professional portfolio, business plans for your chosen employment pathway, and have the opportunity to display your final project work in a showcase/exhibition. Please note that you are expected to have purchased your own kit, prior to the commencement of your studies.

Studying at University Centre WISE

You will have access to fully equipped make-up studios and workshop spaces at our University Centre WISE campus.  This area has been specifically designed for degree students and provides professional facilities to work on projects. You may also access other facilities such as digital design studios, 3D workshops and design suites. Our University Centre WISE (UCWISE) campus provides essential materials, tools and facilities for modules. However, you will be required to purchase a kit of personal tools and equipment to support your studies (costs and specifications will be shared with students before enrolment). You will have the ability to work competently within make-up studios to enhance your practical skills and develop module projects; through tutor-guided development, individual and collaborative work.  In addition, there will be opportunities for you to engage with industry through work experience, guest speakers, and attendance at industry events.

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Study Modules
Specialist Make-up and Hair Design

The focus of this module will be on the development of the skills and professional practices appropriate to becoming an industry standard Make-up Artist. You will develop advanced skills through workshops offered in more specialised areas of the industry, in particular prosthetics, wig-making and styling techniques. You will work towards the production of a series of final designs and will document your developing skills through a portfolio of coursework, leading to the presentation of final outcomes in response to an industry-standard brief.

50% Coursework: individual, portfolio

50% Coursework: individual, other

Contemporary Professional Practice

This module will encourage you to investigate contemporary practices within specific industry contexts. You will identify an area of industry and investigate current trends, methods and products key to this area. The impact of factors such as changing technologies, funding, organisation, and trends will also be explored. Your research will also relate current professional practice to your own developing practice.

Portfolio 100%

Dissertation/Major Research Project

The aim of this module is that you will identify an area of practice, a practitioner or an equivalent negotiated aspect for research. This research is intended to be closely relevant to your own area of practice and of direct use to you in progressing your own work and ambitions.

Presentation 20%

Dissertation / Major Project 80%

Conceptual Make-up Design

This module will encourage you to develop your design ethos (via a formal proposal) within a self-identified conceptual theme (as negotiated with your tutors), with research and investigations to support the design development work for your portfolio and to inform the development of your final designs in a display context. Planning and preparation for this display will form an important part of the process. Your final presentation of works will be as a display of conceptual Make-up design work (both photographically and physically within an identified space) supported by a digital portfolio and promotional material to support your entry into employment.

50% Coursework: individual, portfolio

30% Practical Exam: display, show or performance

20% Practical Exam: display, show or performance (exhibition)

Course Video
Ruth Mitchell
Subject Area Lead (Creative Industries) and Programme Lead/Lecturer for Specialist Make-up & Prosthetics
*This programme is subject to validation and delivery approval by the University of Gloucestershire.
University Centre WISE
Top-up Degree
Full-time Duration:
1 Year
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Part-time Duration:
2 Years
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Entry Requirements

For direct entry onto a Level 6 (Top Up) course, you will need to have achieved a level 5 qualification e.g. HND, Level 5 Diploma or Foundation Degree in a related subject.

Course info last updated:
April 15, 2024
Delivery Format

The delivery format for your degree-level programs is primarily face-to-face and in-person sessions. However, there may be some hybrid sessions offered occasionally, mainly for flexibility purposes, such as tutorials or for larger events like visiting lecturers. Additionally, it's mentioned that all degree programs are well-supported by Virtual Learning Environments, which include Teams or Google Classroom.

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