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 programme is highly regarded and will give you an in-depth understanding of the media make-up industry. This includes an insight into the role of make-up artists in relation to stage, TV and film, editorial and promotional shoots, as well as the skills and creative flair to use make-up to express emotions, transform faces and portray character.

    We offer opportunities for residential trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have taken opportunities to embark on study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris among others.

    The modules studied may include:
    • Make-up Effects
    • Professional Practice & Enterprise
    • Culture, Media and Make-Up
    • Prosthetics

    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

    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.

    Students will establish a foundation base of skills within disciplines across all areas of the industry. Students will then be encouraged to go on to specialise in a particular make-up discipline and develop their skills in that area. As a result, you can expect to graduate from the course with a strong portfolio showing both a range of skills across the make-up disciplines as well as a development of skills and techniques within your chosen field. 

  • 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.


    In 2014, there were 41,649 jobs in England in the Motion picture, video and television programme production industry

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MPP/Diploma - MM), 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.

    You will be asked to bring a portfolio with you to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 12 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience. 

  • 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.