Course Details

  • The course offers students the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience and knowledge working as a make-up artist in preparation for direct employment within the make-up industry or further study.

    Students on this programme will develop a host of practical skills such as; how to use a camera effectively in a studio and on location, design and apply character make-ups, postiche skills and developing highly sought after skills within prosthetic art.

    The content of the programme encourages students to produce innovative ideas in visual imagery, explore creativity and link to the needs of the media make-up industry. The programme will prepare students to engage and work as artistic practitioners across a broad range of artistic makeup, including a variety of TV and media environments, theatre and photographic sectors, as well as preparing them to be an independent practitioner/artist.

    Make-up artists in this region are highly sought after due to the BBC Media City at Salford Quays and the redevelopment of ITV's Granada Studios, which provide our learners with excellent opportunities to gain significant work experience.

  • The ideal candidate will have a passion for make-up, be creative and enthusiastic.

    All applicants will be required to apply through UCAS and should have a minimum of 64 UCAS points. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview where they will be asked to provide examples of written work, a portfolio of images demonstrating their skills within make-up / hair, or provide examples of designs work / illustrations.

    Non-traditional students who can demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply but will be subject to an interview.

  • The learner's practical expertise will be developed and be assessed through experience in workshops, studio and external environments. The learner will be exposed to a series of techniques through tutor-led classes and demonstrations, project-based briefs and individual development support. Examples of assessments include:

    - Learning journals
    - Portfolio
    - Work-related Learning
    - Presentation
    - Peer Assessment
    - Style File
    - Essays
    - Observations.

  • Upon successful completion of the FdA Make-up, students may progress on to the BA (Hons) in Make-up Artistry or Special Effects in Make-Up Artistry.

    Graduates from this programme are expected to find employment in a variety of multi-disciplinary practices, including television/film production companies, theatres or as freelance artists.

    Students on this pathway have undertaken work opportunities for the likes of BBCs `Tubby and Enid', Lime Production's Pilot `Shelf Stackers', BBC Series `Candy Cabs', CBBC `The Slammer', BBC's `The Village'. The prosthetic modules have also equipped some learners to go on to become trainees to world renowned prosthetic artists operating within the TV and film industry.

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  • For the Foundation Degree in Special Effects Make-up Artistry, the kits to be purchased by the Special effects Make-up Artistry students include: an airbrush kit, hair kit and special effects kit and brush roll. This costs approximately £550 and, in addition, a cosmetic make-up kit should be purchased unless you already possess one.

    You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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