BA (Hons) Media Make-up Top-Up

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    Do you want to be a professional make-up artist, working in places like English National Opera and West End theatres, or the BBC and ITV, and on major film productions with directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Danny Boyle?

    That's exactly what our graduates have gone on to achieve, and with this course under your belt, there's every chance you can follow suit.

    This top-up degree follows a modular structure and develops your learning and skills. At the heart of this course is a series of projects designed to develop your research skills and help you appreciate media make-up and related areas of visual culture. Students are encouraged 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 in your chosen field.

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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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 skill set. 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.

  • Progression Opportunities

    Students can progress onto postgraduate studies.

  • Career Progression

    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.


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

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline with an average of 50% across all modules. Students also require GCSE at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) in 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 20 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.

  • Costs


    Students will need media make-up kits and other materials throughout the course. Costs will vary depending on the modules taken but you should allow between £1500 - £2500 over the year in addition to course fees.