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Make-up Artistry for the Creative Industries

Bradford College

UCAS Code: W452 | Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements

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• A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Makeup Artistry / Makeup related subject • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent) with GCSE Maths (grade C/4 or above) and English (grade C/4 or above) • Other related Level 3 qualifications such as Art and Design, Production Arts or Hair • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved institution or provider • An international equivalent of the above. • Related work experience

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About this course

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Full-time | 2022

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4.0 years | Part-time | 2022


Hair and make-up

The principal aims of the programme are to:
• Provide an educational foundation for a range of creative careers in Makeup Artistry for the Creative Industries
• Develop skills, knowledge, understanding and experience of the wider industry of makeup artistry (make-up and hair) in sectors such as commercial, beauty and fashion work for editorial and catwalk, film and television, live events and also the service and retail areas of the industry
• Enhance employability within the environments and contexts of various industry sectors (film/television, editorial, commercial, public and special occasion) and enable students to continue further study.
• Enable students to adopt practical and critical approaches to problem solving in the design development and application of make-up artistry and hair styling in various industry contexts
• Provide a stimulating curriculum which is responsive to the needs of various industry sectors
• Link context and theory to practice

Distinctive features of the programme:
• A grounding in practical and academic skills for make-up and hair in film/TV, editorial, fashion and special occasion (historical/period and contemporary)
• An introduction to specialist techniques of hair, styling, barbering, postiche and wig work
• Grooming (male and female)
• Contextual understanding of appropriate skills, product choice, processes and equipment for makeup and hair
• Contextual design and study (developing research, design development and theoretical skills)
• Portfolio production
• Contextual understanding of the wider industry and how differing skill areas work together
• Studio and workshop lectures and demonstrations are supplemented by student and staff initiated work experience, live briefs, competitions and external visits
• Personal and professional development skills (such as reflection, communication, presentation, teamwork, and introductions to self-employment and self-promotion in both digital and hard copy formats)
• Realistic career goal management and business / career planning
• Independent and autonomous learning in preparation for employment or further study
• The programme is taught by experienced professionals and academics
• The department offers you a high level of pastoral and academic support with accessible and helpful tutors.


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Assessment methods

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the programme, determined by the aims and learning outcomes of individual modules. The most common method for practical modules is the presentation of a body of work in portfolio form (consisting of practical assessments) supported by preparatory work (sketchbooks and visual learning journals, with design development or technical skills, reflection and annotation). Assessment methods for academic / theory type modules consist of either a portfolio of work or individual essays, journals and seminar presentations.

The emphasis at level 4 is on the assessment of key practical and academic skills. This is further developed at level 5 with more specialist skills, theory, independent learning and higher levels of criticality.

Within each module handbook there is an assessment plan giving you information about when each assignment is handed out and submitted. This also allows you to plan your time and manage your workload effectively. For modules that are ‘long and thin’, i.e. are taught over two semesters, formative assessment and feedback takes place towards the end of semester one and the start of semester two to enable a student’s further progression and development. Formative feedback is provided via individual and group tutorials in all modules throughout each semester to support summative assessment.

The format of the work submitted for assessment should reflect what is stated in the module handbook. This could be in the form of a practical application, a portfolio, an essay or a presentation. Across the programme a range of assessment formats will be utilised that will reflect the nature of the module (practical, technical or theory) and to account for different learning styles.

Research, design development, contextualisation, practical application and reflection form an important part of the assessment process for all the modules, with the development of portfolios providing much of the evidence for your creative, technical, practical, reflective and academic learning and development. This should also help to provide you with a completed portfolio of work that could help you to enter employment or further study when finishing the programme.

Detailed written and verbal feedback forms an integral part of our progressive teaching, learning and assessment strategy.

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