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Validated by York St John University.

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: W455. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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Overview 

Develop and hone the skills needed to become a sought-after make-up artist and hair stylist in the world of film and television whilst exploring your creativity.

Students will acquire the practical skills of make-up and hair design, together with broader academic studies which give a contemporary and historical understanding of the creative disciplines within the wider perspectives of the media make-up industry. The course will also nurture and develop students research skills, enabling for innovative creative practice to take centre stage whilst gaining valuable analytical skills and critical awareness.

Our Approach

Students are assessed on their ability to research and project manage in preparation for practical assessments as well as their performance on the practical assessment. The course places a strong emphasis on style and quality of presentation with the underlying aim of students building an industry quality portfolio to help them progress into industry.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent level 5 qualification. 

Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may also be considered.

Course Length

1 year full-time 

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021 and is timetabled for 2 days a week. 

Course Modules

Semester 1: Freelance and Industry Management

Semester 1 and 2: Introduction to Digital Photography

Semester 1 and 2: Major Design Project

Skills You Will Learn

  • Portfolio development
  • Critical awareness
  • Historical and contemporary understanding of the industry
  • Practical skills in make-up application and hair design
  • Effective research methods
  • An understanding of key concepts in the industry
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and self-promotion skills
  • Ability to interpret a brief

Reasons to choose this course

The BA (Hons) in Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design programme is characterised and distinguished by its commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach in terms of content covering a wide variety of more specialised make-up and hair design for media such as film, television, theatre, fashion and editorial. 

The programme is designed to maximise employability opportunities within the media make-up industry. The structure will enable you to apply creative and practical skills with management methods culminating in a self-initiated design project. This allows you deepen your knowledge in a  of your course and related industry.

Career Progression

This programme is designed to maximise the employability opportunities within the media make-up industry. Students will acquire the practical skills of make-up and hair design, together with broader academic studies which give a contemporary and historical understanding of the creative disciplines within the wider perspectives of the media make-up industry. You will have developed a core set of skills for both make-up and hair, whether you wish to work as a freelance make-up artist or on set as a prosthetics technician, special effects artist, aesthetician, the opportunities are endless.

Fees

£7200. Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website.

Additional Costs

We advise all BA applicants that costs will be incurred dependant on their major projects. Specialist materials for prosthetics will be provided by the institution, however additional items such as costumes/makeup/hair adornments will be part of the programme’s additional costs.

Lecturers

Sharon Barrington specializes on creative project management, period hairdressing and postiche. Sharon has been teaching for 20 years and has work experience within industry for CBBC, Emmerdale and many independent films, photoshoots and music videos. 

Coral McBroom has a wealth of experience working in television for a number of years as a runner, actress and a makeup artist. Coral also worked with Trauma FX and has built up knowledge in special effects and makeup for varying effects. 

Emma Dobson was trained at Neil Gorton studios and has excellent knowledge in the use of fibreglass, polyurethane resins and silicone to produce industry standard prosthetics. Emma has worked at numerous Scareground productions.

Kayleigh Coulbeck - BA Hons Media Make-up

Stacey Borg

Chanelle Brewins

Aly Richards

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