BA (Hons) Media Make-up

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    This course is for students wishing to pursue a career in the Media Makeup industry. A broad range of areas are taught and the course allows for students to specialise within the later modules in a technique/techniques to enhance and stretch their skill set if they should choose to.


    Over the first year you will study a broad range of skill sets with a variety of modules. These are developed and diversified within the second year of the course allowing for individual specialisms to be developed. The final year of the course allows for students to develop specific specialisms should they choose to. There are no set pathways within the degree which allows for flexibility where necessary to develop independence within specialisms.


    The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry ensuring that you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for employment.


    You will have access to excellent resources and facilities with state of the art specific to make-up studios and workshops.


    Residential trips may be available: previous trips have taken place to Warner Bros, Harry Potter studios, London West End theatre productions and back stage tours such as Les Miserables, Aladdin, Wicked and more.


    In addition to our End of Year Degree Show, students fundraise to showcase their work to industry at events such as IMATS.

    For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.

    You can view an example of the course handbook here

    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Modules are taught with a mixture of in class lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, industry based master classes, presentations and workshop skills. Assessment includes practical assessments, written coursework, presentations, portfolio, other.


    As part of your course you will be required to undertake some work experience. This falls within the Professional Practice module in the first year of the course. Other opportunities that arise are encouraged throughout the qualification.

    This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of this course you will be equipped with a high level of subject practical skills and a portfolio of work. Students often take up employment opportunities within theatre, television and film productions as well as working with make-up agencies in fashion and editorial.

  • Career Progression

    Previous students have gained employment in places such as English National Opera, Madame Tussauds, Allure Magazine, London Fashion Week and on productions such as Star Wars and Game of Thrones in addition to self-employment.

    Students can progress onto postgraduate studies.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will possess:

    • 80 UCAS points
    • or an equivalent vocational qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma – DM)
    • or a Pre-degree Access Diploma
    • GCSE in English

    Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.