Course Overview

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 for 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 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.

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

Indicative content for practical skills is; 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.

Course Structure

Part-time – 4 years.
In the first and second years of study students will consolidate prior learning from various disciplines and build on their knowledge to enable progression into the third and fourth years of part-time study.
The third and fourth years will concentrate on intermediate skills and industry awareness.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Techniques and Processes 1A Techniques and Processes 1B
Business Building and Promotion 1

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Creative Practice and Design Development 1A
(Make-up and Hair)
Creative Practice and Design Development 1B
Contextual Design 1

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
Techniques and Processes 2A Techniques and Processes 2B
Contextual Design 2

Year 4 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Creative Practice and Design Development 2
(Intermediate Make-up and Hair)

Creative Practice and Design Development Final

(Intermediate Make-up and Hair)

Business Building and Promotion 2


Learning Methods

Learning methods include:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group critiques
  • Staff and student presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Portfolio work
Learning strategies have been devised to develop your practical skills as a makeup artist in conjunction with the development of academic, theoretical, personal, professional and transferable skills. 
Students will learn from a variety of methods such as; 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.
A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken such as research, design development, experimentation, reflection and essay writing / seminar presentations.
Our students come from a diverse range of starting points and with many and varied aspirations. Our teaching and learning methods build on this diversity, by progressively developing self-reflective learning and research, enabling students to develop their own practice, to engage in learning that is active, collaborative, holistic and increasingly self-managed and to realise their individual potential to achieve their goals.
We provide a supportive environment, within which teaching and learning strategies are student-centred and are designed to develop independent learning through negotiated, self-initiated briefs and assignments. Tutorials form a part of this approach.

Teaching Methods

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.

Make-up and hair kit (a list of kit items with recommended suppliers) is sent to students prior to the start of the programme of study.


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 type 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.

What's Next?

Students can progress into 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.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points or the equivalent of:
A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Makeup Artistry / Makeup related subject
A GCE Advanced Level profile 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 
An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved institution or provider
Related work experience
An 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. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification