Level 5

Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Production FdA

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME 26/09/2022
£8,000 per year * High House Production Park, Purfleet
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME 26/09/2022
£8,000 per year * High House Production Park, Purfleet
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Overview

This course is validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is designed to advance and enhance skills and techniques in makeup design and application for production. Units will cover the following; a vast study of wig and postiche construction, hair styling for all hair types, Makeup for all skin tones, historical, economic and social accurate makeup and collaborative industry project in addition to the acquisition of academic higher-level skills, research and industry experience supporting student’s progression into employment.

The programme aims to train students to be multiskilled makeup artists who are prepared for industry in a commercial or production setting. In partnership with The Backstage Centre, students will be able to experience a real working environment with collaborative projects and industry partnerships.


Please Note:

On successful completion of this Foundation degree (FdA), you will be able to progress on to the final 'Top-up' year of study to gain your full BA (Hons) Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Performance. Full details and applications for the top-up year are yet to be published, please check back for updates.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points
  • GCSE English at Grade 4 and maths at Grade 3 or English Grade C and maths Grade D
  • Either Level 3 media makeup qualification or art-based A-levels (e.g. costume, art and design, textiles, photography, media) or similar level 3 qualification
  • Access to HE qualification
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence.

Course Structure

Year one

  • Safe working practice
  • Historical accuracy and hair and makeup application for diverse skin tones
  • Social and economic study of hair and makeup
  • Cultural makeup and hair styles & trends
  • Bio-sensitivity and etiquette
  • Styling textured and afro hair

Year two

  • Wig and facial postiche construction
  • Wig application and maintenance
  • Creating injuries for TV and film
  • Industry analysis and business
  • Collaborative project

Year three (BA (Hons) Top-up year)*

  • Makeup and hair for visual effects
  • Advanced casting techniques
  • Final major collaborative project
  • Portfolio development

*On successful completion of the Foundation degree (FdA), you will be able to progress on to the final 'Top-up' year of study to gain your full BA (Hons) Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Performance.

Assessment & Feedback

  • Portfolio submission
  • Written Essays
  • Summative practical assessments
  • Research sketchbook
  • There are no examinations

Course Cost

Adult, full_time: £8,000 per year

Fees are per academic year for Home/UK students.

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Guest speakers, visiting lecturers and industry focussed workshops will be included in your course over the three years.
  • Third Year students will have the opportunity to showcase their final year work at the end of their studies. This may be a local, national or online platform. Event/exhibition costs will be covered by the Faculty of HE. In the past this has included New Designers. Students will be responsible for any additional costs associated with the production of their personal project (ie: printing, materials).
  • Annual £20 of printing credit per year.
  • Free Car Parking at Backstage Centre, Purfleet.

What Next...

The focus of this programme is to equip the learner with the required skills and techniques needed to progress directly into the Film, TV and Stage Makeup industry.

Success Stories...

Celebrating Success 2022: Amy Slade

Celebrating Success 2022: Amy Slade

Course studied

Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Production FdA

The university centre feels more like a family environment; you get the opportunity to collaborate with other students from other courses as well as work with people who are a part of the industry.

UAL Student of the Year, Amy Slade has won the award for overcoming severe anxiety and showing impeccable determination.

Amy said she chose the course because there are units in it that are not included in other universities and they focus on what is needed in the industry.

She said: “I am surprised but happy to get this award, I enjoyed the course because of the concept of studying with a smaller group of students. You also get more one-to-one time with your lecturers for when you need help with your work or somebody to talk to.
I had the creative freedom to explore the units independently and include my own personal interests in my assessments.”

Amy’s tutor said: “Amy suffered with severe anxiety before attending our course and her skills were of a low standard for industry. Since September, she has embraced all wellbeing sessions with confidence and success, she has picked up all hair techniques, including the advanced techniques within six weeks. She has embraced every challenge that has been thrown her way, so much so, she has completed five work experience placements where all other students have declined them.

“Her attitude and drive has to be commended, as her confidence has soared, we are all extremely proud and it is a joy to watch her truly blossom In this short amount of time. It’s like she is a new person – it’s truly amazing.”

Amy feels that completing her first year having had the opportunities to collaborate with other students for their own personal projects as well as industry work experience has been her greatest achievement.

She added: “The university centre feels more like a family environment; you get the opportunity to collaborate with other students from other courses as well as work with people who are a part of the industry. In the future I would like to travel and to try to find my way in the industry to secure a career as a hair and makeup artist; particularly for film, TV and music.”