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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2024
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: ƹƵ Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:W753

About the course

You need a diverse skill set to work as a hair and make-up artist in fast-moving sectors such as media, broadcast, film, theatre and fashion. This course gives you the creative breadth and depth to work across a wide range of industries or specialise in a particular area.

You develop your creativity, skills and techniques in areas such as fashion, prosthetics, medical simulation, character design, and period hair and make-up. The course covers make-up and hStudent in make-upair for all ethnicities as well as the latest techniques for film and TV including 4K films. You learn with an industry-experienced team who teach at the leading edge of current product and technique developments.

Work experience and realistic tasks are part of the course so you gain the necessary skills to work on set, on location or in the studio. In addition, you collaborate with students from other courses – such as acting, photography, and film and TV production - to produce cross-course events; contribute to films, stage and photography projects; and support each other in portfolio creation and development.

Why choose this course?

  • It is a natural progression for students who wish to gain a full degree after completing our Media Make-up and Character Design FdA
  • ƹƵing both fashion and media aspects of make-up and hair design gives you great flexibility in your career choices
  • Learn from an expert team with a wide range of industry experience including working with the military in injury-simulation exercises, and in TV dramas and sci-fi series for the BBC and Channel 4
  • Benefit from real event and production experience as well as workshops and masterclasses from visiting industry ƹƵ
  • Prepare for the world of work with a course that covers self-employment; portfolio development; and how to promote yourself in a busy marketplace
  • Former students have gone into fashion-shoot work; the management of a quality make-up range; and film and TV, including Netflix and Millennium FX, the production company responsible for the prosthetics for Dr Who and Torchwood

Student feedback from Industry workshops and masterclasses

Kate Beavis: Marketing and Social Media expert:

“Kate's masterclass on social media and websites for business were very useful. She is very knowledgeable and helped me with ideas for social media content and websites creation including understanding on legal requirements of websites and how blogging can help me become visible as a makeup artist.”
Mya, a current student


Gemma Horner, Fashion Makeup Artist:

“Gemma was a very lovely and inspiring makeup artists to have a masterclass with. I gained lots of inspiration from her about working with colour, texture and trying techniques out of my comfort zone.”
Milan, a current student


Alice Snell, Fashion Makeup Artist:

“Alice was amazing and answered all the industry questions and put into perspective workable business techniques of how to start working in the industry. She had amazing makeup skills and was very informative. She gave a realistic brief for us to achieve with constructive feedback that will help me build my portfolio.”
Sandra, a current student


Course Leader - Kathryn Pugh - School of Media and Performance

I joined the ƹƵ of ƹƵ in 2017 as Lecturer in Dance but have taught on the Acting, Performing Arts and Dance courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Having danced in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret in my teens, I followed this with several different performing and choreography work as well as teaching in schools, specialist performing arts colleges and Lecturing/tutoring and being a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the Royal Academy of Dance – which I still do - also fulfilling the role of PGCE Programme Manager for a year.

Credits include such diverse projects as: singing on Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery TV series soundtrack; Video Games Live performances; BC Day performing arts co-ordinator in Victoria, Canada; acting with Victoria Murder Mysteries; and principal choreographer for Nutcracker in a Nutshell biannual dance performances in BC, Canada. I currently run inclusive Movement for Mental Health workshops, drawing on Dance Science, psychology and breathing and relaxation methods.

I have also choreographed, directed and musical directed a variety of Musicals from Daybreak and Oliver! to Shrek, the Musical.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and enjoy researching interdisciplinary arts and practical pedagogic approaches to dance.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Advanced Techniques And Skills For The Make-Up Industry (MED084-3) Compulsory
  • Professional Experience (MED085-3) Compulsory
  • Special Project In Media Performance For Film Tv & Theatre (MED043-3) Compulsory

All units have assessments incorporating theoretical and practical aspects of the subject being studied. These include academically referenced portfolios containing reflective and evaluative writing. In addition, assessments are highly practice-based. Students will also be required to present to their peers, in order to develop their communication skills and boost their confidence and professional profile. Research will inform practice including cultural and ethical considerations. Adequate weighting for academic as well as practical work is given. All summative practical assessments will be preceded by formative work following 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 you research and discuss your design work and projects. You will show your research and critical evaluation through a variety of tasks and a final substantive research project realised through a practical outcome.

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

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

ƹƵ Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of ƹƵliving such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions

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

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

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

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

ƹƵ Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of ƹƵliving such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions

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


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

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

Extra Costs

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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

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the ƹƵ of ƹƵ should apply via

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

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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


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the ƹƵ of ƹƵ should apply via


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

You can also

Find out more about how to apply as an International student