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Make Up With Special Effects for the Creative Industries

Bradford College

UCAS Code: B353 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.

Award of a full Access Certificate (Art & Design) by a licensed Access Validating Agency.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 minimum. Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Preferably in an Arts or Media subject.

Scottish Higher

C,D

Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.

UCAS Tariff

80

Three A levels or BTEC Extended Diploma usually in an Arts or Media subject, or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design and Art, Design & Media).

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Attend an interview

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Hair and make-up

Our exciting and creative course is multi-disciplinary in that students learn a variety of specialist practical and academic skills appropriate for various industry sectors and specialisms.

The focus is upon your development of appropriate practical, technical, creative and intellectual skills. The course will develop your knowledge and understanding, enabling experimentation and innovation and the formulation of visual and verbal strategies to generate and communicate ideas. We also foster creative, critical and reflective thinking and understanding, the ability to interrelate theory and practice through appropriate research strategies. This involves the understanding and evaluation of the different specialist contexts of makeup artistry in which you operate such as; film, television, theatre, editorial, commercial, or fashion.

Ultimately you will learn and acquire a range of transferable skills, self-awareness and self-confidence, enabling the realisation of your individual potential, personal, social and professional development and strategies for professional practice and lifelong learning. These skills will help you to become employable makeup / special effects / prosthetics artists.

As well as gaining a thorough understanding of this wide and exciting industry, you will learn practical skills to support your entry into all of these areas.

Skills include:
- Contextual Makeup application (for differing genres)

- Hair styling and setting

- Postiche and wig work – how to do hand knotting, apply/safe removal of a hair piece

- Colour theory

- Historical / period makeup and hair styling

- Special effects makeup, i.e. casualty simulation, character, trauma

- Small scale prosthetics; bald caps, 3-d transfers, flat moulds

- Body casting; moulding, sculpting and colouration

- Body painting and creative techniques

- Design development process; research, face charts

- Communication of ideas

Modules

Level 4 Modules include: Studio Practice; Special Effects with Character Make-up; Prosthetics with Character Make-up; Contextual Studies 1; Personal Development and Planning. Level 5 Modules include: Advanced Studio Practice (Further Media Make-up / Postiche); Intermediate Prosthetics; Creative Make-up Design and Application; Portfolio Building; Contextual Studies 2; Professional Development. Level 6 Modules include: Advanced Studio Practice; Major Project; Professional Promotion; Critical Appraisal; Dissertation; Professional Portfolio.

Assessment methods

An active and collaborative approach to learning is encouraged on this course. Students are encouraged to develop personal and professional independence, and maintain a self-managed approach to learning. This is facilitated through a project based approach to learning, which develops academic independence through a variety of individual research topics. As the course progresses, we place an increasing emphasis on independent learning and critical self-awareness, culminating in the production of a personal and professionally executed final collection and portfolio which demonstrates creativity and a range of appropriate professional skills. We aim to provide a friendly and enthusiastic environment for students. Students are encouraged to explore their individual creativity, and are supported through every aspect of the course, both personally and professionally. We provide a supportive backdrop to the student centred teaching and learning methods, which are designed to enhance personal development. Increasing emphasis will be placed upon independent learning throughout the course, via negotiated, self-initiated briefs. This independence ensures that you realise your individual potential and achieve your academic and future career aspirations. You will be assessed by a range of formative and summative assessments, which allow you to continue strengthening your skills as a Creative Make-Up Artist. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study, which will be reflected in the method of assessment; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work will be presented in essays, reports or journals, including a Dissertation to be completed at Level Six.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£8,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,750
per year
Scotland
£8,750
per year
Wales
£8,750
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bradford College

Department:

School of Arts and Creative Industries

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

55%
low
Hair and make-up

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

18%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
40%
Course specific equipment and facilities
9%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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