BA (Hons) coursesMake-up for Media and Performance

Make-up for Media and Performance FAQ

 1) What do you need to see in my portfolio?

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 and observational drawing and experimental ideas along with a strong sense of colour, shape, style and form. 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.

2) How are interviews carried out?

Firstly, as a group, candidates will have a brief tour of the studio environment and will be introduced to the course structure in a short presentation. This is then followed with an individual interview; we invite you to showcase your work, discuss any experience to date and will be a positive learning experience.

3) What work experience is available?

Live projects, work-related learning and work placement are an important and an integral part of this course. Make-up artists are essential members of any Film, Television, Fashion, Catwalk and Stage production and work extensively with others within the creative industries. Collaborative working is a highly valued and important part of life at the University. Make-up students have opportunities to work with film production teams from the Film course, with the Arts University’s student actors and costume students on the School of Performance Productions and with Fashion and Photography students on editorial shoots and fashion shows, all of which simulate work in the professional arena. National and inter-national placements are also encouraged developing exciting network opportunities for students.

4) What are the employment prospects?

On successful completion of this course students will have acquired accomplished discipline specific and transferable skills needed in order to enter a highly competitive and sometimes unpredictable make-up industry which requires graduates with a robust work ethic. Graduate career pathways from BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance will include creative design related pathways such as: make-up and hair trainee, assistant, artist, supervisor, chief or designer for television, film or the music industries; wig assistant, wig master/mistress or wig supervisor for commercial or repertory theatre; freelance make-up artist or designer for fashion editorial work, live fashion performance and commercial make-up promotion; prosthetics make-up assistant, artist or designer within a special effects team or prosthetic company. Career opportunities will focus on working closely with directors, designers and other creative departments in film, television, live performance and fashion which could include CGI technicians, photographers, model makers, sculptors, animatronics designers, visual effects artists and fashion stylists.

5) Are there any extra costs?

Students applying for this course are required to purchase a professional make-up kit at the beginning of the first year and a prosthetic make-up kit at the beginning of the second year. See here for more information.