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Course Length

24 months


£7,500 per annum (inc. Kit)

Awarded By

Pearson Education Ltd

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: W452
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: N

HND Performing Arts Technical Arts (Media Make-Up)

About the course

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.

This course equips our students with know-how, skills and techniques required as a make-up artist working in film, theatre, fashion and television.

As well as wig making and body painting, students are encouraged to explore different techniques and effects in hair and make-up styling for photographic shoots, as well as developing skills in sculpting and casting to produce special make-up effects, prosthetics and character creation.

You will be fully prepared to pursue a career in the make-up industry or progress to a BA programme. Students will have access to our professional design studios.

Topics in year one include: The Performing Arts Industry; Professional Development; Production Communication; Stagecraft; Special FX; Hair and Make-up Application; Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Make-up; Period Hair and Make-up.

Topics in year two include: Creative Research Project; Working in the Performing Arts Industry; Management Role; Hair and Make-up Design; Mask and Puppet Making; The Freelance Hair and Make-up Artist; Special FX2 Info graphic showing percentage spent in teaching and learning, independent study and placement.

If full-time, this course is studied over 24 months. You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development plans, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline.

Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through sketch books, journals, and planning throughout each module, which will inform the assessment, alongside written work and formal practical assessments and presentations, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements.

Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work as part of a final year exhibition/show. There are no summative written exams for this course.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs incl. English, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus 48 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

  • 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be art related)
  • Vocational - Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art related subject
  • Access Diploma - Level 3 Foundation Studies in Art & Design
  • Level 3 Foundation Studies in Art & Design

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On completion, you may have the option to further your studies with a top-up year of a full honours degree at university. This can be dependent on a particular level 6 running and subject to an interview and terms and conditions.

Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career in roles requiring make-up artistry within retail, commercial and theatrical settings. Students may work with stage, film and television to produce make-up, hair and prosthetics suitable for a variety of genres.

Example job roles:

  • Media Make-up Artist

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and provide portfolio evidence of their skills and knowledge.

Students will be required to have a full make-up kit for use during your studies. This will cost £1,000 per year, and can be ordered through the department. If you already own all or part of the essential kit you can order the kit in full or part, and the cost will be adjusted accordingly. Please seek further advice regarding your kit requirements at interview.

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2023 entry: £7,500 per annum. Includes £1,000 kit fee.

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.


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