Media Make-up and Character Design FD of the Arts





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.

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.



Media Make-up and Character Design - FD of the Arts - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W752
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • 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.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

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 (MED055-2) Compulsory
  • Professional Development And Freelancing In Make-Up Industry (MED054-2) Compulsory
  • Research And Applications Of High Fashion Makeup (MED053-2) Compulsory



Discover the School of Media and Performance

The School of Media and Performance provides opportunities for you to develop skills within your subject area in a vibrant and supportive environment.

  • Media courses are taught at our Luton campus
  • Performance courses are taught at our Bedford campus

Find out more about what we offer and how we can support you in developing your future career.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

In most units, there are three assessments. Your practical skills will be assessed via practical assessments and portfolios. All summative practical assessments will be preceded by formative assessments where you will produce the work in exam conditions, but where the tutor will provide constructive feedback to enable you develop your work. Your academic ability will be assessed by written reports and essays relevant to your field. You will show your make-up and character research and critical evaluation in these reports and in sketchbooks. You will make presentations to present your findings to your peers and tutors.

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.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

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.

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

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

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120 UCAS Tariff points (80 from 1 A levels - or their equivalent).

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • You will work independently and in collaboration 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 and TV productions.
  • You will develop skills to set up as a freelance make-up artist.
  • You will also gain experience of working in teams and in collaboration with others, preparing you for employment in make-up and media industries.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

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.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

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

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Media Make-up and Character Design - FD of the Arts

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