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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £5,750 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson Education Ltd

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: NCH3
    • Institution Code: N34
    • Campus Code: Q

Media Make-up (Production Arts) HND

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.

If you want to gain a high level of skill which will open opportunities for you to work as a make-up artist and hair stylist in the fashion/media, theatre, TV or Film industry then this is the course for you.

Having a working theatre on site will enable you to regularly participate in productions gaining valuable experience in a real theatre environment. We also have strong links with the Wyvern, local production groups, police film makers and many more. You will also have the opportunity to compete in competitions and attend trade shows and you will showcase your work in an exciting vibrant end of year show.

You will have the opportunity to take part in visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/galleries when available. You are also advised to attend and visit as many exhibitions/ trade shows as possible in their your time to support your studies.

Topics in year one include: The Performing Arts Industry; Professional Development.

Additional units include: Period Hair and Make-up; Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Makeup; Investigation of Specialism; Hair and Make-up Application; Special FX; Production Communication.

Topics in year two include: Creative Research Project; Working in the Performing Arts.

Additional units include: Management Role; Costume Design; Hair and Make-up Design; The Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist; Special FX 2.

This course can be studied full-time or part-time over 32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND), Monday and Tuesday for 12 hours per week. There will be times when students will be expected to work on productions, shows and events.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus one of the following:

  • A Levels - At least 2, grades A - C
  • Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades MMM
  • Access Diploma - in Art and Design

Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Media Make-up, Art, Textiles, Performing Arts, Media, Photography or Beauty. For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On successful completion of your HND you could go and work directly in industry working as a make-up artist and hair stylist for Fashion/Media, theatre/TV/Film. Alternatively, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree at another institution.

Example job roles:

  • Make-up Artist
  • Costume Designer
  • Special FX Make-up Artist
  • Prosthetics Technician
  • Mask and Wig Technician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Production Designer

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?

You will be required to bring a portfolio of interest (makeup sketchbook or/and art portfolio) to interview.

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

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


For queries about the course, please contact elouisabaskerville@swindon.ac.uk or gemma.mulrooney@newcollege.ac.uk or he@newcollege.ac.uk

Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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