BA (Hons) coursesMake-up for Media and Performance

Interviews and portfolios

The day of your interview

A member of the course team will be there to meet you upon your arrival at the main reception. You will be taken on a tour of our make-up studios, studio theatre, workshop and other central university spaces. You will then be given the opportunity to meet staff at a central course presentation where you will find out all about the course and have the opportunity to ask any questions. You will also be provided with the opportunity to meet existing make-up students and locate yourself in our make-up studio. You will attend an Individual interviews with your creative portfolio where staff will be keen to see and to talk about your creative work and your career aspirations in make-up for media and performance.


We recognise that everyone has different skills, portfolios and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a broad range of creative art work, along with a strong academic profile. We expect applicants to show abilities in research, the development of ideas, self-motivation and commitment to this area of study. Evidence of your work in an area or areas of make-up and/or make-up design will be an advantage, but primarily we require evidence of the creative process together with a strong sense of colour, shape and form. Evidence of life-drawing skills are essential  Creative designers and technicians maintain their positions of excellence through constant research and an awareness of current developments relating to their art. We expect applicants to present a portfolio of up to 15 examples of work.

We are particularly interested to see evidence of your creative artistic ability and potential. We would 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 will be interested to discuss which make-up artist’s work and productions inspire you.

What we look for

To become a knowledgeable, competent and successful professional make-up artist requires a sincere desire to learn. We look 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 will 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.

Portfolio Guidelines

Download BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance Portfolio Guidelines

Further information

For additional information about How to apply and entrance requirements please go to our Apply section.