University College Birmingham Specialist Hair and Media Makeup

By | 21st April 2017

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University College Birmingham Specialist Hair and Media Makeup

This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.

The freelance hair and make-up industry requires artists who are able to work within a range of media settings. An understanding of each environment and its individual remit is a key component to your success. Whilst you may choose to specialise in future years within a particular field, it is essential to prove yourself and build a reputation within the industry first. Who knows where your career may lead?

Important factors alongside your skill-set are crucial in building your professional reputation. These include commitment, reliability and timekeeping skills as well as the ability to evaluate your work and train your eye to pick up detail. Your ability to communicate effectively with directors, crew, photographers and costume designers, to name a few, is key to your future success in this demanding yet exciting industry.

This course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you the business knowledge you will need to promote yourself, build your business as a freelancer and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. You will create a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop a range of specialist technical skills and assist in creating accurate hair and make-up styles for different periods in history.
  • You will develop advanced skills in making and applying prosthetics and castings as well as how to create realistic wounds and special effects.
  • As well as exploring fashion and catwalk make-up, we will also teach you to develop the skills required for you to set up and run your own freelance business.
  • You will explore industry innovations and develop a critical awareness of film genres and design concepts surrounding postiche from a particular area.
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which is an ideal opportunity to showcase the technical skills you have gained and develop an industry specialism.

Kit / uniform

For practical activities, a uniform and kit will need to be purchased via UCB at a cost of approximately £400.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Specialist Hair & Media Make-up studios

Our teaching facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art, with two fully-equipped make-up studios, a specialist effects studio, a prosthetics studio as well as additional facilities at our nearby Richmond House site.

Modules

Year 1: special effects make-up; historical perspectives of hair and fashion; prosthetics; hair design for continuity (ladies); hair design for continuity (barbering and wigs); styling for photography; pathology of special effects make-up; creative and critical approaches to study.

Year 2: creative fashion, make-up and styling; period hair and make-up; advanced prosthetics and castings; freelance practitioner; creative showcase; research in practice.

Year 3: cultural and historical studies; enterprising behaviour; innovations within make-up artistry; postiche design for performers. Optional modules: research project; final major project.

Entry requirements

Specialist Hair and Media Make-up BA (Hons)

Tariff: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points to include one or more of the following criteria – Level 3 Theatrical and Media Make-up Diploma, Level 3 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing, A-Level or BTEC Art and Design, Theatre Studies, History, Performing Arts, Media/Film Studies, Fashion, Photography and Costume Production. It is essential that applicants should have an artistic/creative flair. If your creative qualification is not listed here please contact the Admissions Team directly so that we can confirm whether it can be accepted onto this course. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Non-tariff: UCB accepts a wide range of Level 3 qualifications not currently on the UCAS tariff, these can include a range of vocational Level 3 diplomas and EU qualifications, many of which are suitable for entry onto our Bachelor’s degree programme. It is essential that these qualifications are in a related subject area, as listed above.To find out if we accept your qualification for entry please contact the Admissions Team directly.

Specialist Hair and Media Make-up FdA

Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points to include one or more of the following criteria – Level 3 Theatrical and Media Make-up Diploma, Level 3 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing, A-Level or BTEC Art and Design, Theatre Studies, History, Performing Arts, Media/Film Studies, Fashion, Photography and Costume Production.  It is essential that applicants should have an artistic/creative flair.  If your creative qualification is not listed here please contact the Admissions Team directly so that we can confirm whether it can be accepted onto this course. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Non-tariff: UCB accepts a wide range of Level 3 qualifications not currently on the UCAS tariff, these can include a range of vocational Level 3 diplomas, NVQ qualifications and EU qualifications, many of which are suitable for entry onto our Foundation degree programme.  It is essential that these qualifications are in a related subject area, as listed above. To find out if we accept your qualification for entry please contact the Admissions Team directly.

Work based: We also equally consider applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply you must currently be in work demonstrating management or supervisory duties for the past 3 years in a relevant industry to the course you are applying for. Your application must also include a reference from your current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.  For further details please contact the Admissions Team directly.

Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for 2017 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  Please note that this calculator is for 2017/18 entry as entry for 2016/17 is now closed.

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

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