Train as a qualified make-up artist and equip yourself with the skills for success within the media make-up industry, with the unique programme design, excellent industry reputation and alumni success of our Foundation Degree in Make-Up Artistry.

Extremely focused on practical work and experience, you’ll learn a wide variety of make-up application techniques, developing and honing your makeup artistry talent and expanding your understanding of vital hairstyling skills for a successful career in the Editorial, TV and Film industries.

You’ll benefit from student input into the course, a host of work-based learning opportunities and the ability to promote yourself, and an established reputation for producing talented, creative and highly motivated Make-Up Artists. With many creative employment opportunities in Manchester, you’ll thrive in a range of roles in theatres, film companies, photography studios, agencies, cosmetic companies and freelance work.

City Campus Manchester
Full Time
2 years
September 2022
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
Supported by industry experience, our staff are all exceptionally dedicated to their subject related field, highly qualified, industry trained and still practising.

Clare Bransom has worked as a makeup artist in all facets of the industry from theatre to fashion and editorial for twenty years. She has been sharing her passion for artistry as a tutor for twelve years and thrives on sharing her creative desires for the development and creation of innovative and original designs on the makeup artistry pathway. Clare is inspired by the arts, historical icons and textures and dimensions and finds beauty in creating concepts that are enhanced with embellishment, creativity and raw aesthetics.

Vicky Dowd has worked in the industry for brands such as Mac and specialises in editorial and fashion looks, putting these skills into practice when teaching on the Makeup Artistry pathway. Vicky has taught with the media team for five years and contributed to the development of the Makeup Artistry course.

Stephen Holt has worked as a professional hairdresser for many years and has been an educator for the last 13 years. He has heavily contributed to the designing and implementation of hairstyling & Postiche across the make-up artistry courses.

Carl Pinnington has over thirty years’ photography industry experience and is qualified to level 7, Master of Arts in Photography. He has nationally and internationally published work and has won many industry awards.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• If you’ve completed the University Preparatory Year – Make-up Artistry you’ll be offered direct entry on to the FdA.
You’ll be invited to attend an interview where you’ll be asked to provide examples of written work, a portfolio of images demonstrating your skills within make-up / hair, or provide examples of designs work/illustrations. You will also hear more about the course structure, see the facilities and meet the staff, with the whole process taking between 2-3 hours.

There is availability for Skype interviews for overseas/applicants who have to travel; links to e-portfolios and written work will be submitted electronically prior to the Skype Interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Design Development for the Make-up Artist (20 credits)

Year 1: Historical Concepts Hair/Make-up (20 credits)
Examine how historical references influence the innovation of hair and make-up trends, exploring various eras and creating design concepts in line with the expectations for both ‘Media’ and ‘High Fashion’ pathways.

Year 1: Introduction to Design Concepts (20 credits)

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)
Complete your own contextual study, learning independently, building your own personal skills and enhancing your communication abilities.

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)
Complete your own contextual study, learning independently, building your own personal skills and enhancing your communication abilities.

Year 1: Studio Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Styling for the Make-Up Industry (20 credits)

Year 2: Applied Postiche/Hairstyling (20 credits)

Year 2: Collaborative Practice (20 credits)

Year 2: Creative Skills (20 credits)

Year 2: Freelancing (20 credits)

Year 2: Portfolio Development (20 credits)

Year 2: Professional Practice (20 credits)
Bedford, D. and Wilson, E. (2006) Study Skills for Foundation Degrees

Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2002) Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University

AOFM (2013) Make-up is Art: Professional Techniques for Creating Original Looks

Tolot. F (2014) One Woman 100 Faces

Aldridge. M & Gager (2014) Miles of Mac

Nguyen-Grealis. L (2015) Art and Make-up

Conway. J (2004) Make-Up Artistry: For Professional Qualifications

Morton. D (2011) The Art of Airbrushing: Techniques and Step-by-Step Projects for the Novice

Braisdell. B and Lenard. J (2011) The Hair and Make-up Artist's Handbook A Complete Guide for Professional Qualifications

Spencer.K (2009) Period Make-up for Studio, Stage & Screen

Eldridge. L (2015) Face Paint: The Story of Makeup

You’ll be assessed via a range of methods that could include:

• Presentations
• Practical Assessments
• Learning Journals
• Portfolios
• Written Projects
• Work-related employment
• Blogs

You’ll be required to complete study hours within college and self-directed study.

You are expected to undertake a minimum amount of work-related learning hours with the encouragement of engagement in further experience.

Follow in the footsteps of our former students, and you can pursue a successful, rewarding career:

• As a freelance Make-up Artist with your own business
• As part of a creative team for model and casting agencies
• Working in reputable photography studios like Mike Turner
• Styling for high profile companies like Mac Illamasqua, Bobbie Brown, Estee Lauder, Mistair, and Wigs Up North
• Teaching in private make-up schools, colleges and universities.

You could be providing bridal hair and make-up services, writing beauty articles for high fashion magazines, working on high profile films like ‘The Kings Speech’ and ‘Captain America’, or supplying make-up talent for theatre productions like ‘Shrek’ and ‘The Lion King.’

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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You are required to buy or have the equivalent kits; airbrush (£50), Mac Make-up (£350), Hair (£200), brushes (£100)
(Order forms for kits are given to students within welcome packs prior to September).

Assignments and portfolio images will need printing. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

The books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for their course at their own expense.

Additional costs may be incurred for the following:

• There are voluntary day trips available in year 1 and 2 where contributions are required (starting from £40 depending on the package)
• You will need to purchase a digital storage device up to 1TB
• Costumes and Models must be sourced for each practical assessment; the cost for this varies dependent on student preferences but must be paid for and sourced independently
• A professional portfolio (estimated to start at £40)
• Learning Journals (estimated to start at £6 each) will also need to be purchased
• SD card for camera £10
• Batteries for use in the photographic studio (AA)

It is expected that you purchase the above items independently, and are responsible for obtaining these items prior to starting the course in September.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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