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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

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.

Course Content

Mandatory Units

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development

Additional Units

  • Period Hair and Make-Up
  • Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Makeup
  • Investigation of Specialism
  • Hair and Make-up Application
  • Special FX
  • Production Communication

Mandatory Units

  • Creative Research Project
  • Working in the Performing Arts

Additional Units

  • Management Role
  • Costume Design
  • Hair and Make-up Design
  • The Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
  • Special FX2


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

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.

PLUS 80 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

A Levels - Grades CCD or above
Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades MMP
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.


Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length:
32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND)
Monday and Tuesday

Contact hours: 12 hours per week

Expected self-study: 12 hours per week

Possible out-of-hours activities: There will be times when students will be expected to work on productions, shows and events.

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum
Additional costs:
To buy specialist materials for your projects (make-up, hair and art kit). A kit list is available upon application.
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

The Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship: Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship. Find out more: www.newcollege.ac.uk/he

Programme Leader: Gemma Mulrooney (gemma.mulrooney@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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