Level 6

Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Production BA (Hons) Top Up

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£8,000 per year * High House Production Park
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£8,000 per year * High House Production Park
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This course is validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL)

With the ever-evolving production industry, makeup and hair stylists have to be highly skilled and ready to exceed modern needs within this creative industry. It is with this in mind that we have created the top up degree year, where students can advance their techniques and skills to fit industry needs. Influenced by modern methods and enhanced techniques, this top up year will take your fundamental artistry to a new level. Delving in to contemporary practices within visual effects and prosthetics, developing personal individualism and conducting professional collaborations.

At level six, students will be encouraged to expand their awareness of the diverse nature of the hair and makeup sector within production. With units designed specifically to facilitate student’s growth as emerging practitioners and encourage critical analysis within a plural context of current industry expectations, allowing students to navigate their own career path.

Students will learn theoretical scrutiny of underpinning theories, approaches and contextual factors which have influenced the art form, supporting personal lines of enquiry and the critical evaluation of their own adaptability and entrepreneurial attitude for sustainable employment. Ensuring students gain the necessary knowledge to be a successful makeup and hair artist within in the TV, film and theatre industry.

Entry Requirements

  • 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5) achieved through a Performing Arts qualification
  • IELTS (Academic) 6
  • IELTS 6.0 – minimum 5.5 across all components (Academic) 6

This list is not exhaustive, other qualifications may be considered.

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at an audition set by the course team, personal statement and reference.

This course is a top up year for the following programme: Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Production FdA

Course Structure

Year one

  • HM301 – Makeup & Hair for Visual Effects (30 credits)
  • HM302 – Advanced Casting Techniques (30 credits)
  • HM303 – Final Major Collaborative Project (45 Credits)
  • HM304 – Portfolio development (15 credits)

Assessment & Feedback

The course is assessed holistically in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and abilities.

Assessment methods include:

  • Portfolio submission
  • Practical Observations
  • Presentation
  • Dissertation

Course Cost

Adult, full_time: £8,000 per year

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*

*Thursday classes are delivered at the Thurrock Campus and will incur a public carpark fee.

Additional Costs

  • Makeup Kit (if not already purchased)
  • Hair kit (if not already purchased)
  • Special effects kit (if not already purchased)
  • Airbrush kit (if not already purchased)
  • Annual £30 printing allowance

More information on additional course costs can be found here

What Next...

After completing the BA (Hons) Top Up year in Hair and Makeup Design you may move on to working in the industry.