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Specialist Hair and Media Make-up Top-up BA (Hons)

University College Birmingham

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    University College Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Flexible learning

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**OVERVIEW****From the BBC’s Peaky Blinders to Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and theatre productions such as Dirty Dancing and Matilda, students from University College Birmingham have showcased their make-up talents on a multitude of major projects. If you want to follow in their footsteps and you already have a background in this field, our Specialist Hair and Media Make-up top-up degree will take you on the next step towards your dream career in the industry.**Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), our hair and media make-up top-up course will enable you to explore new industry ideas which you can incorporate into your own in-depth research project. Working in our state-of-the-art studios on campus, you will enhance your character design abilities, develop a critical awareness of film genres and design concepts surrounding postiche from a particular era.University College Birmingham has an excellent reputation within the specialist hair and media make-up industry, enriching your studies with a wealth of guest lectures and events. You will also have the chance to put your skills into practice alongside your studies, with work experience opportunities available from stage productions to working with community projects and luxury clothing brands.**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**- **Practical application** – Hone your practical skills in our cutting-edge make-up and effects studios, as well as gaining real-world experience with industry work opportunities- **In-depth research** – Develop an industry specialism for your future career by carrying out your own research project exploring cultural and historical aspects of hair and make-up- **Enrichment** – Meet industry experts at networking events and gain insight from top guest lecturers to help you keep pace with the latest trends and technology**FACILITIES**University College Birmingham has a range of state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment for students on our hair and make-up courses. We have two fully-equipped make-up studios on campus where you can hone your practical skills, while our prosthetic studios include purpose-built spaces for processes such as lifecasting, sculpture, mould-making, artwork and fitting, as well as state-of-the-art extraction facilities.If you're looking to work in the editorial fashion sector, the suite includes an editorial studio where you can learn how to perfect your hair and make-up work for the camera and how to light, compose and take professional studio shots.You will also have the chance to develop new skills in our Digital Creative Studio, featuring state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology, audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as high-spec computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software and graphics tablets.**PLACEMENTS**We encourage students on our top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies, enabling you to build up your portfolio of work before you graduate.Employers we have worked with include Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Conservatoire, The Crescent Theatre (Birmingham), Ann Summers and West Midlands Fire Service (producing special effects for firefighter training).**CAREERS AND PROGRESSION**Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:- Make-up artist- Freelance make-up artist- Hair stylist- Make-up/hair artist for TV/theatreYou could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.- **Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course**

Application deadline

15 January 2022

Tuition fees

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£ 12,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Theatrical Media and Hair, with 240 credits.


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University College Birmingham

  • Campus address

    University College Birmingham, Summer Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B3 1JB, England

25% of the university’s students are from overseas, with undergraduates from around 65 countries across Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East and Far East.
Many of the university’s courses are offered in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

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