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BA Hons Media Make up Special Effects and Hair Design

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

View York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


The profession of makeup artistry is wide and varied, incorporating basic and more specialised makeup and hair design for media such as film, television, theatre and fashion. The College maintains strong links with professionals and suppliers, to ensure awareness of current brands, materials and techniques.

There is an emphasis on working towards an industry standard portfolio on the completion of the course, therefore the importance of working with professionals is highlighted throughout.

Entry Requirements

Completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification. Applicants with considerable skills and experience may be considered.

Our Approach

The programme is delivered through a combination of classroom sessions and practical workshops aimed to equip you with a combination of technical skills, academic knowledge and business acumen.

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.

Course Themes

  • Contextual Studies
  • Freelance and Industry Management
  • Work-based Learning for the Creative Industries
  • Final Major Project
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Wig Work and Postiche
  • Make-up and Hair for TV and Film
  • Digital Image Production
  • Professional Context

Did you know?

We hold an annual York College Hair and Beauty Competition involving around 250 full and part-time students. Local employers and spectators are invited to attend and witness the extraordinary talents of our students.

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

Career Progression

  • Freelance Make-up Artist
  • Special Effects Make-up Artist
  • Lecturer in Media Make-up
  • Hair Stylist
  • Bridal Make-up Artist
  • Aesthetician
  • MUA for Music Artists
  • MUA for Photographic Shoots
  • Retail Make-up Artist
  • Prosthetic Artist


Full time: £7200

How to Apply

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

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