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Make-up for Media and Performance Welcome Guide - Overview
Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance course

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. We hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your Course Leader

Congratulations on gaining a place on BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance. We're delighted to welcome you to Arts University Bournemouth.

The course begins with Welcome Week, where you'll have the opportunity to meet staff and students, find your way around the campus, discover Bournemouth and learn more about the first units of study.

The course is very full and challenging and is delivered over 30 weeks with Christmas and Easter breaks. You'll find instructions and information about course equipment and books within this Welcome Guide.

Look forward to seeing you!

- Sara Taylor, Course Leader

Before you join us

To prepare for your first unit and to introduce you to the importance of research for performance design, we'd like you to research into current trends seen on the runway.

You should present the following in a PowerPoint Presentation:

  • Research and collect make-up designs currently being seen on the runway – research should include a variety of designers and consideration of different countries
  • Based on your research, design your own runway make-up on yourself or a friend and include a photograph
  • Annotate your design with relevant make-up
  • Please present your designs and research appropriately with pictorial evidence for your first week of study

Present your work in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation using images to underpin your research material. Choose 6-8 images that have inspired you and bring them with you on your first week of timetable (make sure you know something about the pictures you choose, so keep notes). Please save your PowerPoint on a USB/Laptop/Tablet and bring this with you.

How to submit your summer project

You'll need to bring your summer project during welcome week. You will be notified of the exact day when you arrive.

The course uses a range of reference material, some of which you may already be familiar with. We do not require you to purchase the following texts, as the Corson books are expensive and The Library has several copies of the reference material you'll use. However, if you already own copies we do advise that you bring them. You'll receive a copy of The Study Skills Handbook during induction week, and a Course Handbook which will contain a comprehensive reading list.

  • Corson, R. (2003). Fashions in Make-up from Ancient to Modern Times. London: Peter Owen.
  • Corson, R. (2005). Fashions in Hair: The First Five Thousand Years. London: Peter Owen.
  • Delamar, P. (2002). The Complete Make-up Artist: Working in Film, Fashion, Television and Theatre. 2nd ed. London: Thomson Learning Vocational.
  • Debreceni, T. (2013). Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Focal.

  • Make-up Artist Magazine

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...

The Study Skills Handbook, Chapter 1, ‘Success as a Student’ (page 9 to page 41)

Cotterill, S. (2013)

Current student work

Have a look through some of the work our current students are producing to get an idea of the type of work you may be making on our course.

What to bring

Please bring with you:

  • A smile
  • Notepads and pens
  • Three or four sketchbooks and art materials which you will be advised upon during the first week of term

You may already have a hairdressing or make-up kit from a previous course. In this instance, please contact the supplier directly as you can purchase only the items you do not have to top-up your existing kit at a separate price.

If you have any questions in relation to course kits please contact

You are encouraged to bring your own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

We provide access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you've set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you're planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud, we recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

Please note, the course computers are Apple based.

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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here.
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We are looking forward to welcoming you to BA Make up for Media and Performance this year in just a few weeks!