This two-year higher education course enables you to develop awareness of the media industry, learn the technical skills required to work as a specialist hair and makeup artist and build a professional portfolio. You will have practical sessions and theory through art and contextual studies, combined with IT and professional studies. The course focuses on working in the film and television industry, but will include aspects of fashion and media. The course aims to:
- Develop your general ability in Fashion, Film, TV and Media makeup through effectively using and combining knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
- Provide specialist studies in Specialist Makeup, hair and wig applications
- Provide a programme of study to teach new skills and develop your individual practice, within the culturally diverse environment of west London
- Provide enhanced tutorial support to help develop your educational and vocational abilities, and the personal qualities and attitudes required to adapt to the demands of an ever changing industry
- Provide the foundation for a range of technical and creative careers in Specialist Makeup
About the Course
You will develop specialist hair and makeup skills whilst building a professional portfolio. This is a vocational study programme with an emphasis on practical learning in hair and makeup. The course focuses on working in the fashion, beauty, media, film and theatre sectors.
Course content is regularly reviewed to reflect changes in the industry.
You will study:
Unit 19 Creative Arts Professional Practice 15 credits Unit 20 Creative Arts Research Skills 20 credits Unit 40 Mask Design and Construction 15 credits Unit 78 Design Exploration for Makeup in Performance Arts 15 credits Unit 3 Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design 15 credits Unit 32 Historical Context in the performing Arts 15 credits WTC Period, Hair, Makeup and Wig Dressing 15 credits Unit 38 Managing a Creative Business
You will also study common skills throughout the course:
WTC TV and Film Hair and Makeup 15 credits WTC Current Trends in Hair and Makeup 15 credits Unit 51 Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts 20 credits Unit 16 Costume Design Concept 15 credits Unit 27 Design Techniques and Applications for the Performer 15 credits Unit 52 Production Management in the Creative Arts 15 credits
- Managing and developing self
- Working with others
- Managing tasks and solving problems
- Applying numeracy
- Applying technology
- Applying design and creativity
You will spend a minimum of 14 hours at college per week. At least 80% of this time will be spent with a professional lecturer. In addition to this you will be expected to work independently.
Course Fee: £5900
Up to £1,500 hair and makeup kit.
This course has an international reputation and demand for places is extremely high. The standard minimum entry qualification is an A Level, National Diploma or equivalent, preferably supported by a pass in GCSE English.
We encourage mature students to enter with a pass in an appropriate Access Certificate. For some students over 19, and particularly for those over 21, we consider other background and experience in the media industries and may accept students without formal qualifications.
All students are interviewed with portfolios of their art & design or makeup work before an offer is made. The International Office will organise an appropriate interview for overseas students: telephone or portfolio as required.
The HND equips the graduate with the skills and knowledge required for a career path into the fashion, film, television, media and retail industries as a makeup artist, special effects makeup artist, wig or makeup designer.
Progress to university and convert your HND into a BA (Hons) degree with one more year of study, or find employment in the industry. Recent graduates have worked as freelance makeup artists; as wig assistants at the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, and for West End theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Billy Elliott and Dirty Dancing; as assistant makeup artists for BBC productions such as Waking the Dead, The Pre-Raphaelites and Emma and films such as Harry Potter and St Trinians 2; and as retail makeup artists for top cosmetics companies MAC, Bobbi Brown or Illamasqua Cosmetics.
Our students have also won prestigious international makeup artist competitions such as the World Body Painting Championship in 2007 and 2009 and the International Makeup Artist Trade Show competition in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Assessment is continuous throughout the academic year and is in the form of photographic work, log books and research.
- Internal Verification of assignment briefs and assessment standards
- External moderation of samples of work by External Examiner
- Public displays of work, inside the college and at external venues, to show standards of work.