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Swindon College

Performing Arts (Technical Arts) Media Make-up

UCAS Code: W452

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements

A level



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


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Full-time | 2020


Hair and make-up

Our Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Arts) Media Make-Up equips our students with the knowledge, skills and techniques required as a make-up artist working in film, theatre, fashion and television. Students are encouraged to explore different techniques and effects in hair and make-up styling for photographic shoots, as well as developing skills in sculpting and casting to produce make-up effects, prosthetics and character creation. On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped with a high level of professional and practical skills and a portfolio of photographic work, as part of your professional development, for self-promotion and employment opportunities. You will be fully prepared to pursue a career in the make-up industry or progress onto further degree level study. Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills including make-up techniques for fashion, theatre and TV; fantasy wig and hair styling techniques for TV, film and theatre; creating special effects using prosthetics; body painting and airbrushing; drawing; design and costume fabrication.
Your course will be enhanced by visits to make-up suppliers and visiting lecturers from the creative industries, giving you direct insight into working in the industry and developing your professional practice. You will also have the opportunity to network with professionals at professional trade shows.

The course culminates in an end of year showcase, held externally, which gives you the opportunity to promote your talents to employers and specialists from the industry.

The Level 5 HND prepares students who wish to continue into higher level study, as it is designed to align the curriculum with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and the relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Statements. You are advised to check opportunities for progression with individual Universities/institutions if you wish to continue your studies to level 6. Students can go into roles requiring make-up artistry within retail, commercial and theatrical settings. Students may work with stage, film and television to produce make-up, hair and prosthetics suitable for a variety of genres. Opportunities for employment may also include fashion, make-up and hair, fantasy and character creation, within events, marketing and promotion or advertising roles.
Media Make-up artist: Variable average per year, usually work on a freelance basis and paid a fee for each contract. Rates vary depending on type of production you’re working on.


Period hair, make-up and wig making and dressing
Current trends in hair and make-up
Fashion and editorial make-up and hair
Hairdressing techniques for the make-up artist
Character and theatre make-up
Fantasy hair styling and make-up
Sculpting, casting and prosthetics
Contextual Studies
TV and film hair and make up
Special effects
Body painting
Applying design and creativity
Airbrush techniques
Life Drawing

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development plans, gaining formative feedback on progress towards unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline. Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through sketch books, journals, and planning throughout each module, which will inform the assessment, alongside written work and formal practical assessments and presentations, which will vary according to each individual unit assessment requirements. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work as part of a final year exhibition/show. There are no summative written exams for this course.

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