Who is this course for?This course is for students wishing to pursue a career in the Media Make-up 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.
Course DescriptionOver 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 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.
Guest speakers from industry are used to give a workplace perspective.
You will have access to excellent resources and facilities with state of the art specific to make-up studios and workshops.
The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry ensuring that you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for employment.
Residential trips may be available - Previous trips have taken place to Warner Bros.Harry Potter studios, London west end theatre productions and backstage tours (Les Miserables, Aladdin, Wicked and more.)
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.
In addition to our End of the 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.
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. You will attend university 3 – 4 days a week with a variety of sessions within your timetable. In addition to your time at university, you will be expected to undertake self-study at home.
This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.
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.
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, self- employment.
Students can progress onto postgraduate studies.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma - DM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or Equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.
At interview you must produce a portfolio that must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study.
Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.
Set kit lists required for each year of the course.
Students will need media make-up kit and materials throughout the course. Costs will vary depending on the modules and specialisms desired.