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

About the Course

Prepare for a career as a make-up artist in television, film, theatre, prosthetics, advertising and fashion, or progression to the BA (Hons) Media Performance for Film, TV and Theatre, with experience of a broad range of techniques, craft skills and in-depth analysis valuable to future employers.

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Research and realise characters through hair and wig setting, postiche, costume, prop design, prosthetics and designing effects make-up.

To create convincing and realistic special effects, learn anatomy and physiology and practice drawing from life to identify the body’s reaction, and the visual impact.

 


  • Learn by working within the media facilities alongside student actors, TV producers and presenters. You will have the opportunity to work with scriptwriting or production management teams from different degrees or in collaboration with local theatres, TV productions and the Judith Blake Theatre
  • Study laws and regulations and develop entrepreneurial skills to help you establish yourself as a freelance make-up artist
  • Develop academic skills to undertake research into the field of make-up helping you implement your research findings in creating your characters
  • Gain specialist knowledge and expertise in the theory and practice of preparing performers for the stage, catwalk or screen
  • Explore character creation with an emphasis on prosthetics and special-effects make up, combined with high fashion, editorial and period make-up to enable you to build up your portfolio and prepare for freelance work in performing arts, events and the media/TV/film industries
  • Benefit from a course that will enable you to work in film, fashion events or in the performing arts or progress to the BA (Hons) Media Performance for Film, TV and Theatre.

Remi SmithCompleting the FdA in Media Makeup and Character Design has inspired me to pursue a long-term career in special effects make-up.

Remi Smith

 

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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.

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 2020/21 is £6,165 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 2019/20 is £6,165 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 2020/21 is £6,165 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 2019/20 is £6,165 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

During your course you will need to buy some materials and equipment. We estimate that the total spend will be around £1,800.

Things you will need to pay for include:

  • 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 information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

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