City Campus Manchester
(Full Time - 2 years)
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
- Work-related Learning
- Peer Assessment
- Style File
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.Careers page
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.Fees, finance and funding page
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.Make an enquiry
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With Theatrical and Media Make-up at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement* – we’ll help you learn to develop that power and gain skills in professional-standard make-up and special effects make-up.