BA (Hons) Study AbroadMake-up for Media and Performance

Course Overview

Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but do not necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Students are fully integrated with our BA (Hons) students in an exciting, creative University environment.

This Semester Study Abroad Make-up course provides experience and fundamental skills in the many aspects of make-up and special effects within performance, film and television. In addition to developing your specialist skills within a creative community of artists and practitioners, you will study the historical and contemporary contexts relevant to the work of today’s make-up artist. You will also explore some of the theoretical and contextual issues and how these relate to make-up for media and performance.

There will be a series of practical classes and demonstrations where you will learn fundamental techniques and skills to extend your hair and make-up skills for a variety of live and recorded dramatic performance or media contexts. Through research and practical design, make-up and hairstyling classes you will explore concepts of spectacle, the fantastic and transformation. You will not only gain an understanding of the work of the make-up artist but also how this role integrates with others in the creative process.

You will discover the techniques and materials used in professional FX workshops, whilst exploring and developing your own originality as an artist. You will look at the history of prosthetic development in film and Silicon Plat-Gel prosthetics and learn more about make-up products. Building upon your technical skills you will begin preparing silicon moulds and part-casts ready for sculpting prosthetics and explore the process of developing prosthetic sculptures into prosthetic pieces. You will also learn how to use specific products and develop colouring and stippling techniques to integrate prosthetics within your make-up design.

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other type of programmes, such as bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 853608 or email