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Hair and Make-up for Film and Performance

Entry requirements


80 - 104

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time (intensive) | 2022

Subject

Hair and make-up

**Course Overview**
The UK is currently one of the world's leading supplier of technical staff for film and TV productions, with employers struggling to find creative artists and technicians with the right skillset, there has never been a better time to become part of this exciting industry. Become part of the team behind films and theatre. Your role in hair and makeup will help bring to life the vision of entertainment. Join a creative community and master the magic of prosthetics, hair, wigs, media makeup and more.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
Bright lights, incredible equipment, famous faces. Nothing compares to the buzz you’ll feel when working on set.
Split your time between Buckinghamshire New University and our creative base at Pinewood Studios. Our teaching team which includes industry experts, will share years of experience and know-how, and give you an insight into the theory that underpins the subject. With London on our doorstep, you’ll be near the world’s best cultural centres, such as theatres, museums and galleries, where you can find a range of inspiration. The hair and makeup you produce are key to the story that is playing out to the audience, immerse yourself into the script and bring to life, with your styles, the performance.

**What facilities can I use?**
Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses such as those on the costume design or performing arts degrees. With these students you will be able to bring your designs to life at our Red Shed and our TV and film studios.

**What will I study?**
Get ready for industry in just two years with this accelerated option. Learn from industry experts in teaching spaces based at Pinewood Studios and our High Wycombe campus. Explore the theory associated with hair, makeup and filmic representation to understand broader contexts informing your practice. Understand what it takes to set up as a freelancer with our entrepreneurial skills module. Master the hair and makeup skills you need for successful entry into the hair and makeup industry and the hierarchy and roles involved in each department, including SFX, in film, television and theatre.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
The course is just two years, but you will learn everything you need to know and feel ready for industry by the time you graduate. We’ll be honest, it might seem intense at times and we will expect you to challenge yourself, but it wiII be worth it when you are qualified to work on major productions!

The practical elements of our course are designed with industry in mind. On the course you will explore pre-production and film set etiquette, which will help you understand the rules, roles and responsibilities of individuals in a production team, as well as explaining who you will report to and the expectations within a professional context.

It is key to master different makeup and hair techniques, so we’ll help you explore a range of period eras and how they form the basis for fashion designs. Alongside, your modules in prosthetics and special effect makeup will allow you to experiment with a range of materials to understand what it takes to bring characters to life.

It’s not just about crafting something that looks great, it will be your job to create character designs that fit a script. We'll teach you about various period hairstyles and show you how to recreate them. Most importantly you'll understand the history and theory that informs your designs and be able to reflect critically on your practice. You'll get to grips with professional practice and we will help you to develop essential entrepreneurial skills. As many people in this area work as freelancers, we’ll teach you everything you need to know for success, from how to set up to paying taxes and creating a winning CV.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Art, Design, and Performance

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
24%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

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

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

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.

Explore these similar courses...

Higher entry requirements
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Lower entry requirements
Solent University (Southampton)
Make-Up and Hair Design with Design Foundation Year
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
4.0 years | Full-time (intensive) | 2022
Nearby University
Same University
Buckinghamshire New University
Production Design (Screen and Stage) with Foundation
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
4.0 years | Full-time (intensive) | 2022

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