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FD Media Make up Special Effects Hair Design

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Validated by York St John University.

You must apply for this course through UCAS; UCAS code W452, Institution Code Y70.

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York College regrets it does not accept deferred entry applications onto this course.


This course puts you at the heart of the media industry. It will equip you with a combination of technical expertise, academic knowledge and transferable skills required by industry. The programme has been specifically designed for students wanting to develop their skills further in the exciting growth area of TV, Film and Theatre.

You’ll be working with experts in the fields of hairdressing, special effects make-up, face casting, sculpting, the application of bald caps and prosthetics. This programme has been designed with feedback from industry and teaching professionals to give you an unrivalled learning experience.

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS Tariff points. Applicants who have relevant experience and skills will be considered.

Our Approach

Our tutors have the experience, expertise and industry contacts to ensure that you are learning the most up-to-date and relevant techniques from the moment your course begins, ensuring that you are fully prepared for a career in the media make-up sector.

Brand New Facilities

Media make-up students will be based in our refurbished state-of-the-art make-up studios.

Course Themes

Year One:

  • Continuity for film and TV
  • Make-up exploration for varying effects
  • Hair cutting for film and TV (optional)
  • Introduction to postiche (optional)
  • Personal and professional development
  • Advanced make-up artistry skills
  • Dressing and styling hair for film and TV
  • Employability skills

Year Two:

  • Advanced make-up artistry skills
  • Prosthetic design and application
  • Period hair and make-up

Did you know?

Former students undertook work experience on a number of TV productions including CBeebies, TOWIE, Vera and Emmerdale and films including Dads Army, I, Daniel Blake, Clash of The Titans and The King’s Speech.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Interpreting a brief
  • Teamwork
  • Communicating with clients and industry professionals
  • Portfolio development
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Working well under pressure
  • Practical creative skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Research skills
  • Marketing for self-employment

Career Progression

Successful completion of the FD Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design will enable you to enrol on the BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design (Top-up) to convert your qualification into a full honours degree.


Full time: £7200

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

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