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Bradford College

FdA Make-up Artistry for the Creative Industries

Subject Area
Arts & Media
Study Level
2 years Full-time, 4 years Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time


This foundation degree has been developed and aims to focus on make-up and hair for the Creative Industries such as film, television, theatre, editorial and private clients/ public sector.

The programme of study is intended to provide specialist skills in makeup application and hair to cater to the needs of the wide and varied creative arts and industries.

It is aimed primarily towards learners who, after two years of study wish to enter the industry, pursue freelance/self-employment or continue with further study. The programme content and output will enable you to compile a professional portfolio to showcase your practice of makeup and/or hair skills to aid employability and career opportunities.

  Key Info

You will adopt practical and critical approaches to problem-solving in the design, development, and application of make-up artistry and hairstyling in various industry contexts.

Indicative content for practical skills are:

  • Makeup Application for Various Contexts of Industry (such as Film/TV, Editorial, Commercial/Public/Special Occasion)
  • Historical Hair and Make-up
  • Character Hair and Make-up
  • Postiche
  • Barbering
  • Male and Female Grooming

Ultimately students will acquire a range of transferable skills, self-awareness, and self-confidence, enabling the realisation of individual potential, personal, social and professional development and strategies for professional practice and lifelong learning.

Teaching strategies include practical demonstrations and applications, lectures, seminars, group critiques, staff and student-led presentations, tutorials, live projects (competitions, work experience), essays, portfolio of work, visiting professionals and visits to galleries, museums and makeup industry environments.

Learning methods include: Practical demonstrations, Lectures, Seminars, Group critiques, Staff and student presentations, Tutorials and Portfolio work.

Year 1 (Level 4):

In year 1 you will build on your knowledge of the subject to enable progression to year 2.

  • Techniques and Processes
  • Contextual Design
  • Business Building and Promotion

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Techniques and Processes
  • Creative and Design Development
  • Contextual Design
  • Business Building and Promotion

Entry to this course could include:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points
  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Makeup Artistry / Makeup related subject
  • A-Level qualifications that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent) with GCSE Maths (grade C or above) and English (grade C or above)
  • other related Level 3 qualifications such as Art and Design, Production Arts or Hair
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved institution or provider
  • Related work experience
  • International equivalent of the above

Admission is normally based on your portfolio and interview.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level.  Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account.  Non-standard applicants will also be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are welcomed by the College. Students should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such recognition.

Applicants will be invited to an interview and present a portfolio of practical work. This portfolio may consist of research, design development and work in progress (such as sketchbooks, visual journal) or finished pieces of work in the form of images, photographs, actual 3-d pieces. We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process.

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the programme, determined by the aims and learning outcomes of individual modules.

The most common method for practical modules is the presentation of a body of work in portfolio form (consisting of practical assessments) supported by preparatory work (sketchbooks and visual learning journals, with design development or technical skills, reflection and annotation).

Assessment methods for academic/theory modules consist of either a portfolio of work or individual essays, journals and seminar presentations.

The emphasis at level 4 is on the assessment of key practical and academic skills. This is further developed at level 5 with more specialist skills, theory, independent learning and higher levels of criticality.

Students can progress into the employment of the creative industries of film, television, theatre, editorial or commercial/special occasion in a career path of their own choice or progress onto level 6 of a Top-Up degree at Bradford College.

Fees: Full-time: £7,750 per year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

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