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Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
York, United Kingdom
The profession of makeup artistry is wide and varied, incorporating basic and more specialised makeup and hair design for media such as film, television, theatre and fashion. The Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design programme of York College maintains strong links with professionals and suppliers, to ensure awareness of current brands, materials and techniques.
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There is an emphasis on working towards an industry standard portfolio on the completion of the course, therefore the importance of working with professionals is highlighted throughout.

Our Approach

The Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design programme of York College is delivered through a combination of classroom sessions and practical workshops aimed to equip you with a combination of technical skills, academic knowledge and business acumen.

Students are assessed on their ability to research and project manage in preparation for practical assessments as well as their performance on the practical assessment. The course places a strong emphasis on style and quality of presentation with the underlying aim of students building an industry quality portfolio to help them progress into industry.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Portfolio development
  • Critical awareness
  • Historical and contemporary understanding of the industry
  • Practical skills in make-up application and hair design
  • Effective research methods
  • An understanding of key concepts in the industry
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and self-promotion skills
  • Ability to interpret a brief

Career Progression

  • Freelance Make-up Artist
  • Special Effects Make-up Artist
  • Lecturer in Media Make-up
  • Hair Stylist
  • Bridal Make-up Artist
  • Aesthetician
  • MUA for Music Artists
  • MUA for Photographic Shoots
  • Retail Make-up Artist
  • Prosthetic Artist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Themes
  • Contextual Studies
  • Freelance and Industry Management
  • Work-based Learning for the Creative Industries
  • Final Major Project
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Wig Work and Postiche
  • Make-up and Hair for TV and Film
  • Digital Image Production
  • Professional Context

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification. 
  • Applicants with considerable skills and experience may be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for York

  • 646 - 1130 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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