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You must apply to this course through UCAS; UCAS Code W455, Institution Code Y70.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will demonstrate that they have the qualifications, and/or experience which will allow them to succeed on the programme of study. Entry requirements for the BA in Media Make-up and Hair Design are:

  • Standard entry: Students in Year Two of a Media Make-up Foundation Degree or similar programme, who are expected to achieve a Merit profile, or have achieved this in the last 3 years.
  • Non-standard entry: Exceptional entry on an individual basis.

Non-standard entry applicants will be invited to an interview.

Course Outline

The profession of make-up artistry is wide and varied, incorporating basic and more specialised make-up and hair design for media such as film, television, theatre, fashion and editorial.

The programme offers a supportive, friendly and constructive environment, within which students are challenged and enabled to take responsibility for their own learning, to develop their individual profiles and interests, to realise their potential and to achieve their personal, creative, professional and academic goals.

There will be an emphasis on students working towards an industry standard portfolio on the completion of the course; therefore the importance of working with professionals is highlighted. With this in mind, students have numerous opportunities throughout the programme to collaborate with professional photographers. This collaboration also helps to build on the skills required in employment such as communication, time management and organisation.

The college maintains strong links with professionals and suppliers to ensure awareness of current brands, materials and techniques.

The York College Media Make-up team have worked closely with industry links such as ITV Yorkshire and Granada. This has resulted in invaluable work experience opportunities for students on a variety of television productions such as Heartbeat, The Royal, Emmerdale, Countdown, Coronation Street and many others. Students have also had the opportunity to work on films such as ‘Clash of the Titans’ and ‘The King's Speech’.

Networking with local theatre companies, such as York Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House and The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, continues to thrive.

How long does the course last?

One year, full time. 

How is the programme delivered?

Teaching will take place within both workshop and classroom environments. Teaching methods will include:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Industry Speakers
  • Learner practical sessions
  • Group/peer work projects
  • Simulation tasks
  • Work placements

How will I be assessed and how often?

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the course.

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.

What qualification will I receive?

BA (Hons) Media Make-up and Hair Design

What can I do next?

On completion of the course, career progression routes include working as a freelance make-up designer in fashion, photographic, TV, film and theatre.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Additional course costs may include purchasing kit, essential texts to support learning, and registration fees for optional additional qualifications.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

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