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

*This programme is subject to validation
We are no longer accepting applications to start this course in September 2022. Applications for a 2023 start open in September.
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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 course will encourage the development of advanced level professional skills and will prepare learners for working within the Fashion, Television, Film & Theatre industries, as Make-up & Hair Artists.

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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. You will, through negotiation with your dissertation supervisor, identify a topic of interest to you and undertake research in depth on it to produce either: 1. A formal written dissertation of 6,000 words. OR 2. An identified research project that would lead to an outcome (e.g. a curated display, a blog, video or other digital presence) supported by a critical and evaluative text of 3,000 words. Each will be supported by a 20-minute assessed presentation (including a 5 minute question and answer session).

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)

Application Information

To apply you must register and complete your application using the UCAS online system.
Entry Requirements
Successful completion of an FdA/HND in a relevant subject. Entry via a successful interview.
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Full-time Fee (Per Year)
Full-time Duration (Per Year)
1 Year
Part-Time Fee (Per Year)
Part-Time Duration (Per Year)
2 Years
University Centre
Awarding/Validating University
University of Gloucestershire
UCAS Institution Code
S55 - SGS College Group
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"An amazing course"

"An amazing course that offers an insight into a range of areas within the makeup industry and in great detail, as well as outstanding support available through DSA. My experience over the last 3 years is something I will never forget which ended with a 1st class degree result."
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BA (Hons) Specialist Make-up Design (Level 6)