Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up (Top-up)

model having make up applied by beautician

This course delivers a higher level of study for those who are looking for a career within the field of specialist make-up. The course will offer you the technical skills needed to work within specialised media make-up at an advanced level. Throughout your time on the course you will perform a variety of hair, make-up and character styles on your peers, models and actors. You will also develop a portfolio to showcase your professional skills. We are very much involved within the industry and as well as your study programme you will also gain experience enabling you to enhance your CV and work with employers within theatre, NHS and performing arts companies. We also provide workshops, masterclasses and guest speakers to come in and work alongside you – giving you current insights into the modern workplace. You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to application, materials and creative development processes to produce innovative and contemporary design work. This includes make-up and hair styling for fashion editorial, wig work for theatre, TV, and alternative design contexts (eg, catwalk). You will be trained in photography to assist with your personal work.

Throughout the course you will also be encouraged to embrace and develop new ways of working, alongside the study of historic and contemporary make-up and hair techniques for fashion, beauty, theatre, TV and film.

You will study in well-equipped studios and workshops, ranging from make-up, hair and special effects studios, to photography studios, IT suites, as well as access to a comprehensive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be taught by a team with strong reputations as practicing professional designers or researchers, as well as visiting lecturers, a dynamic programme of industry speakers, and international visits.

Thanks to the course team’s close links with industry you will have the opportunity to work on a range of live project briefs with many organisations.

“I work freelance within this industry, keeping my skills current and up-to-date to teach my students. I am a World Skills UK Ambassador, which means I open doors for students to compete at an extremely high standard.”

Katie Asgari
Katie Asgari Curriculum Team Leader in Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up
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Start an exciting career in Hair and Beauty

The hair and beauty sector is ideal for those who are interested in advising others with styling and have a creative flair.

model having make up applied by beautician

Make-up Artist

Average salary - Variable*

Make-up Artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Research and design make-up and hairstyles
  • Work to production designers’ notes and instructions
  • Tidy and style hair, be on set to redo make-up and hair
  • Create special effects make-up
  • Take notes and photos for reference
  • Remove make-up and keep wigs and hairpieces in good condition
Working environments

You could work at a TV studio, in a theatre, on a film set or at a film studio.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Photographic Stylist

Average salary - £24,000

Photographic Stylists use clothes, props and accessories to stage sets and create the right ‘look’ and mood for a photo shoot.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Receive instructions (the ‘brief’) from the Photographer or Art Director and come up with ideas
  • Decide on the best clothes, accessories and backgrounds to achieve the desired look
  • Arrange a set, dress models and make any adjustments
  • Keep a stock of fashion or home accessories
  • Build good relationships with shops, prop suppliers, PR agencies, photographers and models
  • Keep up to date with trends
Working environments

You could work on a film set, in a creative studio, from home or in an office. Your working environment may be physically active, you’ll travel often and you may spend nights away from home.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the hair and beauty sector include*:

  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-Motivation

What our students say

“I work freelance within this industry, keeping my skills current and up-to-date to teach my students. I am a World Skills UK Ambassador, which means I open doors for students to compete at an extremely high standard.”

Katie Asgari
Katie Asgari Curriculum Team Leader in Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up

“The course is very well organised, and there are lots of opportunities to gain industry experience. It is the only Media Make-up top-up course in my area and is close to home, making it perfect for me.”

Fern-Lynch Bowers
Fern Lynch-Bowers Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up (Top-up)