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Course Length

1 year


£7,500 per annum

Awarded By

University Of Gloucestershire

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: L618
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: N

BA (Hons) Advanced Make-Up, Hair and Prosthetics

About the course

This course has been designed to further develop the make-up, hair, wig-making and prosthetics knowledge and expertise of students.

Highly trained tutors will demonstrate advanced skills used in fashion, film, theatre and television. Creative industry briefs will enable students to deliver vibrant professional demonstrations and presentations, identify development needs, experiment with new products and techniques and manage personal projects.

On completion of the course the student will have an original body of work that will promote their skills and knowledge for the make-up industry. Students will have access to our professional design studios.

You will study this course full time.

Entry requirements

Level 5 qualification such as HND (Pass) or Foundation Degree (240 Credits equivalent) in a relevant subject plus IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 scored in each individual element) is required of those applicants where English is not their first language.

Where next?

Students may progress into careers in theatrical hair and make-up departments in the UK or touring, on set make-up artists for TV and film, cruise line make-up artists for companies such as Disney, make-up artists in fashion, bridal and editorial, make-up brand pro teams, prosthetic artists, wig making studios, hair punching and prop makers for companies such as Madame Tussaud’s and Merlin Effects, as well as body and face paint artists.

Some students may decide to pursue careers in writing, education and teaching. The pay for make-up artists vary dependent on the assignment. Most makeup artists work freelance and are paid per contract which can range from hours to days to months. Basic daily rates for an experienced artist start at £200 day (8hours) in fashion, £260 day for film and TV (longer hours). Face and body painters can charge up to £60 hour, bridal hair and makeup artists can earn approximately £400 for one wedding and the average for a theatrical artist contract is £35 000 starting (pro rata).

Example job roles:

  • Make Up Artist
  • Fashion Writer
  • Lecturer
  • Theatrical Artist

What additional resources will I need?

Due to the highly professional nature of the course, trips* and exhibitions will require a mandatory contribution of £170 per student, for entry, travel and venue costs and will include: Olympia Beauty; Prosthetic Event; London Pro/Shops; International Make0up Artist Trade Show (IMATS); Showcase of your work at an internal exhibition and a show event at an external venue attended by the public and industry professionals, following completion of your studies.

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2023 entry: £7,500 per annum (includes Kit).

Find Student Finance Information on the government website.


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