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Make-Up for Media and Performance BA (Hons)

Arts University Bournemouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Spectacular make-up and dramatic special effects can transform a production.** **BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance** at AUB gives you the skills needed to play a key creative role in performance, fashion, film or television. The make-up artist is an important member of any production team and you’ll work with students studying acting, film production, costume and fashion to create ‘live’ collaborative projects. **What you will learn**The course explores the representation of make-up within the physicality of the body and its relationship to media and performance. It situates the practice and design thinking of make-up transformation in a variety of contextual, conceptual, cultural, historical and theoretical frameworks. Exploring audience perceptions and the semiotics of makeup, the course aims to explore the extraordinary spectrum of hair, make-up and prosthetic practices within and beyond existing modes of the discipline and to provide the opportunity to focus on an industry specific specialism. In its bold and innovative approach to the study of make-up, the course adopts a student centred focus. The direction your work takes is led by individual interests and aspirations in a learning environment where you are encouraged to push the boundaries of your creative practice whilst maintaining professional focus and currency. Existing knowledge, skills, competencies and creative practice are consolidated and developed through research, analysis, criticism, design and realisation. You will learn to use independent judgement and be critically self-aware in your approach to problem solving. Building a portfolio that represents your individual identity as a creative make-up practitioner and thinker will thus prepare you to graduate as a responsive, competent and creative artist able to initiate, communicate and generate ideas. Contextual and critical studies encourages and deepens your knowledge and understanding of the global, ethical, cultural and economic contexts in which the work of make-up artists can be placed. Issues of sexuality, gender, race, body modification, psychology, anthropology and technology are embedded within the delivery of this exciting Honours degree. Professional ethics, social issues and cultural sensitivities associated with specialist make-up practice and the professional environment are integral to the curriculum delivery and the nature of the subject. Approximately 71% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.**By the end of the course you will be able to...**- Practice as a skilled, independent make-up artist with confidence, competence and creative vision.- Describe contemporary make-up issues, their place within social, historical, cultural, and dramatic contexts, and demonstrate the interrelationship between research, theory and practice through your work.- Work collaboratively and responsively with other people using a range of communication, problem-solving and practical transformation skills.- Engage with issues of sustainability and ethics and relate them to your practice as make-up artists.- Locate your professional practice appropriately within changing global, national and local contexts with the academic ability necessary to progress to postgraduate study.- Challenge existing boundaries for the study and practice of make-up transformation through research, design development, experimentation and practice.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,950per year

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University information

Arts University Bournemouth

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  • Campus address

    Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Poole, BH12 5HH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 102 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    151 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    46.0 46%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%



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