Foundation Degree Media Make-up

Course Details

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

    Would you like to be a professional make-up artist, working on TV productions such as Game of Thrones, on blockbuster films such as Star Wars, or maybe working for companies such as Madame Tussauds or The English National Opera? That’s exactly what some of our graduates have gone on to achieve, and with this course under your belt, there’s every chance for you to follow suit.

    This unique programme will give you:

    • An in-depth understanding of the media make-up industry.
    • Insight into the role of make-up artists in relation to stage, TV and film, fashion editorial and promotional shoots.
    • The skills and creative flair to use make-up to express emotions, transform faces and portray character
    • The technical and artistic skills for complete make-up transformations
    • The research skills required to ensure the quality and accuracy of character portrayal
    • Skills in the art of hair work, character development, body painting, postiche (wig-making) and prosthetics.
    • A comprehensive portfolio of work to show prospective employers
    • The opportunity to undertake work-based learning and live projects in the media world

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  • Teaching and Assessment

    Our specialist staff have extensive knowledge of the industry, along with the experience and expertise to guide you as you develop your skills-set. The programme is modular in design, and assessment is continuous, by means of coursework. You will complete written assignments, journals and design presentations, as well as undertaking regular practical projects. You will also attend lectures and workshops and develop your research skills throughout the course.

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

  • Progression Opportunities

    Once the FD has been completed, students can go onto the top up year BA (Hons) Media Make-up.

  • Career Progression

    Because this course equips you with high-level practical skills, there is every chance of securing work upon graduation. Our students take up roles within theatre, television and film production companies, as well as working with make-up agencies in fashion and editorial.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require:
    • 64 UCAS points
    • or an equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MPP/Diploma – MM)
    • or a Pre-degree Access Diploma Students also require GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English or equivalent Level 2 Literacy. 

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

    You will be asked to bring a creative portfolio to interview.

  • Costs


    Students will need media make-up kits and other materials throughout the course and should allow £1200 per year in addition to course fees.