Course Title Design in Media Make-up Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Code D324

Overview of the Course

This foundation degree course is particularly relevant if you are looking to broaden your knowledge and practical skills within the make-up industry. The course will give you the opportunity to develop skills in media and theatrical makeup, use of special effects make-up, fashion and photographic make-up, development of creative hair skills, plus the production of a professional portfolio of creative designs. This thought provoking qualification combines academic knowledge with the development of skills such as presentation, research, evaluation and planning. Professional practice will take place within the industry, allowing you to network and gain relevant industrial experience in this chosen field of expertise. The result is a course designed to enhance your personal and professional effectiveness and your career progression.

What are the career opportunities?

You may be able to progress to an Honours degree by taking a top-up course. This usually requires 12-18 months of further study.

What are the entry requirements?

  • 64 UCAS points. These may be from at least two, but preferably three GCE A Levels (or equivalent) including an Art based subject
  • A Level 3 BTEC Art or Level 3 Media Makeup qualification is also acceptable
  • The college will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)
  • Applicants should also have the equivalent of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English
  • If you do not have the normal entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative
    qualification you may still be eligible for the course
  • You may be required to attend an interview and an assessment

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Course Duration

Two years

What topics will I study?

The course will give you advanced training in media make-up, theatrical and creative hairstyling. The modules will vary according to the pathway you select to follow:

Media Stylist
• Styling for the camera
• Creative hair styling
• Fashion and photographic make-up
• Period make-up
• Historical hair design
• Freelancing
• Professional development
• Portfolio development
• Academic and professional skills
Special Effects Make-up
• Styling for the camera
• Hair design for performers
• Special effects make-up
• Casting and mould-making
• Body art
• Freelancing
• Portfolio development
• Academic and professional skills


The course will develop your presentation-making skills and also aims to develop your skills in ICT and working with others. Your understanding of political, cultural, economic and historical factors that shape the media industry today will also be developed through improving your ability to think critically.

Study skills such as referencing, essay planning, presentation and analysing data are embedded in the Level 4 modules. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in teamwork, social interaction, discussion, organisation and time management. Learning is through a mix of formal sessions, practical workshops, tutorials and guided study/research sessions.

Assessment is through practicals, presentations and portfolios. There are no formal examinations.

Special Features

You are required to develop a professional portfolio during the course which will demonstrate your creative thinking and practical abilities. Towards the end of the course, you will be required to take part in work experience and to manage a professional show case. All of these activities will be supported by curriculum specialists from your own field.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will be required to buy a uniform and a kit. The contents of the kit are dependent on the pathway you choose. All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.

To view the course fees please click here.

Media Stylist Kit list

SFX Kit list

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