Craft and technical skills for theatre, film and TV 

Media Make-up courses

Transform the way actors look on TV, film and stage to bring their performances to life! Studying Media Make-up with Special Effects, you’ll learn the ‘behind-the-scenes’ techniques used in the industry to build your professional artistry and create your own working practice.

The course covers make-up for film, television, theatre, fashion, editorial and special occasion. Special effects units include casualty simulation, life casting, sculpting, mould making and the manufacture and application of prosthetics. Hair work includes basic dressing, period work, creative hair and postiche.

Through interdisciplinary working, you will collaborate with other arts students in fashion shows, photoshoots, film, TV, performances, competitions such as Warpaint, and events.


You’ll benefit from exciting enrichment opportunities and work placements. Previous visits have included the workshop of Make-up Artist Tina Earnshaw who has worked on film productions such as Titanic, Mamma Mia and The Talented Mr Ripley. Other work placement opportunities include The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and House of GlamDolls Make-up School.

Students at University Centre Bradford College are on a great course with great facilities and excellent training.

Julia Townend, Make-up and Body Artist, Visiting Lecturer (Call the Midwife, and Phantom of the Opera)

On completion of this course you’ll have produced a professional portfolio of work, ready to pursue freelance opportunities and showcase your technical abilities to creative agencies, directors and producers.

Earning potential

The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30.

Average salaries per annum 
Make-up ArtistUpto £320/10-hour day
Stage Manager£18,000 to £45,000
Production Manager£20,000 to £40,000
Costume Designer£13,000 to £35,000
Model maker£16,000 to £30,000
Assistant Production Co-ordinator£15,000 to £30,000

Our staff

Rebecca Truman

Make-up and Special Effects Tutor Rebecca Truman has led a fascinating life as a pioneering trapeze artist. Starting at age 21, she toured the UK and Europe, performing in circuses and festivals. She now teaches on our Media Make-up with Special
Effects course, passing on her knowledge and expertise to a new generation of visual artists.

Interviewed on the BBC in 2018, she said:

I make costumes and art based on the circus, and I teach special effects. Students get involved in my projects and I get involved in their projects.

Our students

From editorial make-up, to blood gags and wig making, our Media Make-Up with Special Effects students showcased a variety of skills at the School Of Art Summer Show.

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