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University College Birmingham

Specialist Hair and Media Make-up Top-up

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Theatrical Media and Hair, with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Variable | 2021

Subject

Hair and make-up

**Course snapshot**

The freelance hair and make-up industry requires artists who can work within a range of media settings. UCB's Specialist Hair and Media Make-up course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you the business knowledge you will need to promote yourself, build your freelancing business and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. Our strong industry links will provide you with expert insight and help you build valuable work experience alongside your course, while your studies will be supported by our state-of-the-art make-up studios and other facilities.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course is for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and has an interest in working within the specialist hair and media make-up sector, including TV, film and theatre as well as cosmetics, fashion and other related areas.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **PRACTICAL APPLICATION** – Perfect your practical skills in our cutting-edge make-up and effects studios, as well as gaining real-world experience through industry placement opportunities

- **IN-DEPTH RESEARCH** – Develop an industry specialism for your future career by conducting your own research project exploring cultural and historical aspects of hair and make-up

- **ENRICHMENT** – Meet industry experts at networking events and gain insight from leading guest lecturers to help you keep up to date with the latest trends and technology

**Great. Tell me some more**

You will have access to a range of state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment on campus, including our cutting-edge make-up studios, prosthetics and special effects studios and a media workshop.

Over the years we have developed close working relationships with leading fashion brands, musical and theatre directors and local community services so that we can offer you a wide range of working opportunities alongside your studies. Our [email protected] employability team will assist you in finding relevant work to support your future career plans.

**What skills will I gain?**

As well as exploring fashion and catwalk make-up, you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for you to successfully set up and run your own freelance business.

You will learn about industry innovations, develop a critical awareness of film genres and design concepts surrounding postiche from a particular area.

You will be taught to develop your technical skills through demonstrations and lecturer support in the learning of specialist techniques.

By working on your own research project, you will also be able to develop a particular industry specialism and showcase your technical skills.

**What about the future?**

By completing this course, you'll be ready to move into a range of areas within the specialist hair and media make-up sector, with past graduates having gone on to work in the fashion image industry, cosmetics and freelance hair and make-up artistry.

You will also be able to work in:

- Theatre

- Film

- Television

- Photographic studios

- Catwalk fashion

Alternatively you could continue onto postgraduate study, such as our MA in Prosthetics for Film and TV at UCB.

Modules

- Innovations and Enterprise Studies
- Character Design
- Cultural and Historical Studies
- Postiche Design for Performers

**Choose one option from:**

- Research Project
- Final Major Project

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced staff and a typical teaching week will have up to 16 contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 9 hours of teaching in the make-up and/or special effects studios
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

There will also be case studies and guest speakers.

**Individual Study**

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

Assessment is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. As this is a highly vocationally based course, there is a greater emphasis of assessment by way of coursework which may include some written work and portfolio work, as well as practical activities such as assessments of technical skills and/or presentations.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 67%
- Practical assessment - 28%
- Written examinations - 5%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
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:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Sports and Creative Studies - BA/BSc

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.

74%
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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.

Hair and make-up

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

80%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
3%
Male students
97%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

After graduation


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Hair and make-up

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.

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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
41%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

60%
Design occupations
10%
Other skilled trades
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Hair and make-up

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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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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