BA (Hons) Media Make-up Top-up

Course Details

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

    The BA (Hons) Top-up Degree includes five exciting modules designed
    to develop your skills and understanding to a professional standard.

    Using advanced techniques and processes you will develop your own professional identity and dynamic portfolio underpinned by an appreciation of media make-up culture and theory. Students have the opportunity 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.

    The year culminates at IMATS (International Make-up Artist Trade Show), in London where students are selected to demonstrate their skills on the University Centre Somerset stand. All students then showcase their work in a professional public event locally, where industry professionals are invited to celebrate your success.

    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:
    • Advanced Materials and Techniques
    • Project by Design
    • Contextual Research and Analysis
    • Professional Portfolio
    • Final Major Project

    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.