To become a knowledgeable, competent and successful professional make-up artist requires a sincere desire to learn. We’re looking for a strong academic entry profile and candidates who display a commitment to learning and who aspire to a career in make-up and special effects for performance, film and television.

You’ll need to demonstrate this interest and be able to talk to us passionately about the subject; you will also need confidence, initiative, be a good team player, be resilient and organised and demonstrate a keenness to learn the many technical and practical skills associated with this area.

Your interview

You’ll be taken on a tour of our facilities and will have the opportunity to meet staff and current students and ask any questions. During your interview, staff will be keen to see your creative portfolio and to talk about your creative work and your career aspirations.

Your portfolio

We’re particularly interested to see evidence of your creative artistic ability and potential. We’d like to see the way you think and work so your portfolio should include examples of investigation and development leading to a two or three-dimensional conclusion.

We like to see your visual understanding of the human body, life drawing, portrait studies, observational drawing and experimental ideas. Examples of any experience in make-up transformation, hair dressing or sculpture work are useful and we would like you to show and tell us about your interest and passion for make-up through your research in sketchbooks, design pages or photographs.

We also expect applicants to show abilities in research, the development of ideas, self-motivation and commitment to this area of study.

You can download our portfolio guidelines for BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance to help you prepare.