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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:W752

About the Course

The course develops diverse skills in the world of make-up and hair to produce flexible, creative make-up artists able to work in a variety of areas of the industry, from special effects to fashion and from live events to film, TV and stage productions.

This course prepares you for a career as a make-up artist in television, film, theatre, prosthetics, advertising and fashion, with a special focus on creating convincing and realistic special effects. It gives you the techniques, craft skills and specialist knowledge employers are looking for.

You learn to research and realise characters through hair and wig setting; postiche; costume; prop design; prosthetics; and designing effects make-up.

You benefit from working within our high-spec media facilities alongside student actors, producers, scriptwriters and presenters as well as collaborating with local theatres, TV productions and performances at the University’s professional theatre

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Why choose this course?

  • Explore character creation with an emphasis on prosthetics and special-effects make-up as well as high fashion, advertising/editorial and period make-up
  • Practise drawing from life to identify the body’s reactions and their visual impact
  • Learn how anatomy and physiology affect make-up design
  • Gain specialist knowledge and expertise in preparing performers for the stage, catwalk or screen
  • Study relevant regulations and develop the entrepreneurial skills to establish yourself as a freelance make-up artist
  • Develop academic skills to undertake research into the field of make-up which you can then use to create your characters
  • Build up your portfolio and prepare for freelance work in performing arts, events, and the media, TV and film industries
  • You can progress to the BA (Hons) Make-up for Fashion and Media (top-up) on completing this Foundation Degree.
  • Work experience with professional experts and companies

“Completing the FdA in Media Make-up and Character Design has been inspirational for me. I now have the strong skills set I need to pursue my dream of a career in special-effects make-up.”

Remi Smith, alumnus

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Anatomy And Its Visual Representation (MED042-1) Compulsory
  • Period And Editorial Makeup And Hair (MED043-1) Compulsory
  • Professional Practice (MED044-1) Compulsory
  • Researching And Creating A Character (MED045-1) Compulsory
  • Fantasy Character Design Creation (MED052-2) Compulsory
  • Foundation Degree Show (MED072-2) Compulsory
  • Professional Development And Freelancing In Make-Up Industry (MED083-2) Compulsory
  • Research And Applications Of High Fashion Makeup (MED053-2) Compulsory

All units have assessments incorporating theoretical and practical aspects of the subject being studied. These include academic essays with Harvard Style referencing and. Each unit will have a practical assessment. Students will also be required to present to their peers, in order to develop their communication skills and boost their confidence levels. Sketchbooks will provide a vehicle to demonstrate academic as well as visual research suited for make-up artists. Adequate weighting for academic as well as practical work is given. All summative practical assessments will be preceded by formative assessments after which the tutor will provide constructive feedback to enable you develop your work for final assessment. Your academic ability will be assessed by written components in the units but also in how research and discuss your design work. You will show your make-up and character research and critical evaluation through written essays and in sketchbooks.

Why study in the School of Arts and Creative Industries?

  • Professional theatre and dance studios
  • Latest digital and VR technologies and performance techniques
  • Taught by experienced performers and practitioners
  • Industry links and Media Masterclasses
  • Media arts centre equipped with industry standard facilities
  • Specially equipped Art and Design building

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

  • Interview

By working with industry professionals and visiting specialists using up-to-date techniques, materials and skills, covering a broad range of make-up related aspects, students are well prepared for a range of careers in the make-up industry including fashion, TV and film, stage and editorial work.

Adding self-employment skills development, online profile and doing onsite work in TV/film studios and stage productions as well as completing work experience builds a portfolio with which students can readily step into a career in the industry.

Former students have gone on to specialise in, for example, prosthetics or successfully gained contracts in the film industry.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £7,100 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £7,100 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £7,100 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £7,100 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

The majority of professional kit costs are included in the tuition fee.

A professional kit includes:

  • Hair kit (styling and wig/postiche making)
  • Prosthetics make-up kit
  • Airbrush, compressor and make-up kit
  • Cosmetics and special effects make-up kit
  • Body painting make-up kit
  • Sculpting tools

*The contents of the professional kit are subject to change in line with indusry needs.

Additional costs for individual project materials and practice, work wear, stationery/art supplies and other related costs depend on the nature of the individual projects.

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student