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UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College)

Make-Up Artistry

UCAS Code: 3M77

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Full-time | 2019


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Through the unique programme design, excellent industry reputation and alumni success; the Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry produces qualified make-up artists who are equipped with all the skills necessary to be successful within the media make-up industry.

Throughout the programme; students will develop and hone their practical makeup artistry talent and additionally, gain an understanding of vital hairstyling skills which are vital for a successful career in the Editorial, TV and film industry. The Foundation Degree will also support student’s academic skillset; each module has both practical and theoretical components which allow students to flourish into well-rounded professionals.

The Make-Up Artistry programmes are designed to offer stimulating,
relevant and appealing curricula that will be valued by students and
employers both nationally and internationally. Students have greatly
impacted the course design process and have been consulted on the
content of every module. The programmes currently have an established reputation within the industry for producing talented, creative and highly motivated Make-Up Artists.

Work based learning underpins the Make-up Artistry Foundation Degree; equipping the students with necessary promotional tools and work based employment to support them in entering the local and global creative make-up industry. Manchester is thriving with creative employment opportunities for Make-Up Artists from a vast range of theatres, film companies, photography studios, agencies, cosmetic companies and freelance employment opportunities.


Year 1 -

The Art of Creative Make-up (20 credits)
This module allows for the opportunity of the student to identify, through the exploration of visual design and experimentation, a wider knowledge of diverse, contemporary hair and make-up styles appropriate for a career in the multifaceted makeup industry. This unit will extend the students’ knowledge when developing an ‘artistic eye’ in the design of make-up and give individuals the opportunity to explore and apply skills to produce a range of fashion hair styles for an overall creative image.

Cosmetic Function & Form (20 credits)
This module aims to support learners in the development of their basic makeup artistry skills; incorporating conventional makeup techniques and specialist skills such as airbrush makeup. Students will be introduced to health and safety, hygiene and safe working practices in line with industry expectations.

Historical Concepts Hair & Make-up (20 credits)
This module aims to provide the student with an awareness of the value that historical references can have in the innovation of hair and make-up trends. Students will explore various historical eras; creating design concepts in line with the expectations for both ‘Media’ and ‘High Fashion’ industry pathways.

Creative Hairstyling (20 credits)
The module provides the students with an opportunity to generate the skills required to produce a range of hair styling techniques. The students will develop a portfolio of contemporary styles through the exploration of modern trends and the development and exploration of hairstyling skills.

Styling for the Camera (20 credits)
This unit will permit the student to engage in the workings of a photographic studio and provide an opportunity to develop the practical skills essential to maximise visual impact within a portfolio.

Contextual studies (20 credits)
Contextual studies are designed to encourage and enhance the student’s ability to communicate information in an academic and self-directed manner, through the development of key study and transferable skills. Students are encouraged to undertake self-directed learning and develop their awareness of personal development and how this will be utilised and revisited at subsequent levels of the course.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Presentations
• Practical Assessments
• Learning Journals
• Portfolios
• Written Projects
• Work-related employment
• Blogs

You will be required to complete study hours within college and self-directed study.

You are expected to undertake a minimum amount of work-related learning hours with the encouragement of engagement in further experience.

The Uni

Course location:

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