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Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
The Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance (Hons) programme at the University of the Arts London (UAL) teaches the specialist skills to enter the performance industry working as a make-up / prosthetics artist as well as hair / wig dresser and maker.
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On the Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance (Hons) programme at the University of the Arts London (UAL) you will learn research, design, technical and production skills. Experience is built across performance genres, giving students a broad choice of career. 

What to expect 

  • Students will be exposed to a wide range of teaching methods including lectures and seminars, demonstrations, practical workshops and design workshops. 

  • The course covers a mixture of group discussions and peer assessment alongside self-directed study.  

  • Students will benefit from exposure to the industry including briefings, masterclasses, visits to live performances and video screenings and visiting industry speakers. 

  • Creation of written work including essays, self-evaluations and dissertations. 

  • Production sketchbooks and realized 3D practical pieces created from specific briefs. 

Work experience and opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work experience placement during their second year of study. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. The proximity of the course to London’s performance industry provides strong connections and work experience opportunities. Placements for previous students have included The English National Opera, The Royal Ballet School, The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Shepperton Studios, Pinewood Studios, Leavesden Studios and Coulier Creatures.  

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies, and recent graduates have been employed on the Harry Potter films, Slum Dog Millionaire, Jane Eyre, War Horse, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. TV productions include Just William, Luther, Hotel Trubble, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Hour, and our graduates are working at the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera and the National Theatre, as well as on a number of West End musicals. One recent graduate is working for the medical prosthetics company RSL Steeper.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design for Performance
  • Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories
  • Better Lives Unit
  • Collaboration One: Design & Production 
  • Core Skill: Character Design and Development

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Design, English, Drama and Film Studies);
  • Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Merit at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 96 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 96 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 240 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and Three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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