Make-up Artistry and Special Effects

Special Effects Make-up Artistry

BA (Hons) (Top-Up)
Leaflet Code: CR26779FT


If you’ve completed a foundation degree in make-up (or similar level 5 course), take your skills in special effects to the next level, ‘top up’ your qualification and expand the knowledge you’ll need for a rewarding career with this BA (Hons) Degree in Special Effects Make-Up Artistry.

Manchester is a hub for innovation and production, with make-up artists much sought after for work at the BBC and ITV at Media City. With this course, you’ll extend the essential key skills and attributes required of a professional make-up artist, develop advanced techniques and technical abilities in the art of make-up transformation and benefit from significant experience and work placements.

The full-time course is delivered over two to three days by specialist staff, and will ensure you can adapt and respond to the challenging demands of the make-up industry. Alongside this, you’ll enjoy a range of guest speakers, travel to industry exhibitions and events, and take part in a variety of educational trips if you study with us.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2023

Awarding Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University

All staff teaching on the BA Hons have a level 6 and level 7 qualification in related subject areas.

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.

Alexandra Reeves has achieved a BA Hons in Special Effect development. She has 5 years’ experience within different aspects of the education sector in addition to working within the makeup and special effect makeup industry.

Lesley Ball has achieved a BA Hons in Special Effects and has experience working as an assistant to leading SFX artists within the industry.

• Level 5 Qualification in Media Make-up or related subject area.

You’ll need to attend a formal interview and provide a portfolio of work.

You’ll also need to provide a 2000 word example of academic written work including quotes and referencing using APA 6th (this work will be retained by the interviewer).

Availability for Skype interviews – for overseas applicants

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: Advanced Character Creation (20 credits)

Year 1: Advanced Materials and Processes (20 credits)
Complete an individual project to extend your personal design and research approaches, applying your skills towards developing continuity for stage, screen and media productions.

Year 1: Major Project (40 credits)

Year 1: Marketing and Promotions (20 credits)

Year 1: Research Project (20 credits)

You ‘ll be assessed via a range of methods, including:

• Extended essay/dissertation
• Portfolio of Evidence
• Evaluation
• Presentations
• Reports
• Research
• Practical Applications
• Website
• Online Blog

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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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop.
Approx. £100 each year for books and printing.

You may also need to print your assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

You will need to purchase a secure digital storage device SD Card recommended 32GB estimated cost = Approx. £10

You will also need to a Universal Serial Bus USB recommended 32GB estimated cost = Approx. £10

You will also need to purchase AA batteries these will be needed to operate the triggers and flashes for studio photography work.

You may need to consider extra costs of approx. £300 for additions products, tools and SFX enhancements you may want to personally include within your projects. This is up to individual’s discretion.

There will be an option to undertake a basic hair cutting and barbering course, this will be outside of the contracted course timetable, It is a mandatory requirement for students to purchase a kit prior to enrolling on this course, this kit will cost approximately £200 per student

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.