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University College Birmingham

Specialist Hair & Media Make-Up (Non-vocational)

UCAS Code: W452

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

Entry requirements


You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent) We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent) We do not specify specific grades within our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

UCAS Tariff

96

Tariff: To gain entrance onto our Non-vocational pathway you are not required to have previously studied a related subject. Non-tariff: UCB accepts a wide range of Level 3 qualifications not currently on the UCAS tariff, these can include a range of vocational Level 3 diplomas and EU qualifications, many of which are suitable for entry onto our Bachelor's degree programme. To find out if we accept your qualification for entry please contact the Admissions Team directly. Additional: For all applicants (both Tariff and Non-tariff) who have not studied a related vocational course area will also attend a short blended learning programme prior to joining us in September. The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Hair and make-up

- **Non Vocational**

Aimed at those with non vocational entry qualifications such as a **A Level, Access to HE and BTEC**, this course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you vital business knowledge to promote yourself, build your business as a freelancer and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. You will create a professional portfolio of work that showcases your technical abilities to future employers.
- **Course snapshot**

This course is your doorway to an exciting career as a freelance, specialist hair and media make-up artist, working in TV, film, photography, fashion, editorial, prosthetics and theatre.

This course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you vital business knowledge to promote yourself, build your business as a freelancer and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. You will create a professional portfolio of work that showcases your technical abilities to future employers.

- **Who’s the course for?**

This BA (Hons) degree course, accredited by University College Birmingham, is ideal if you are passionate about a career in the highly-creative, specialist hair and media make-up sector. Designed to set you up for a thriving career as a freelance artist, this course arms you with the vital skills you’ll need to promote yourself, build your business and manage your finances.

- **Why should I study the course?**

You will create a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers. The course will also demonstrate your commitment, reliability and timekeeping skills – and your ability to evaluate your work and train your eye to pick up detail. Your ability to communicate effectively with directors, crew, photographers and costume designers, to name a few, is key to your future success in this demanding, yet exciting, industry.

- **Great. Tell me some more**

The freelance hair and make-up industry requires artists who are able to work within a range of media settings. An understanding of each environment and its individual remit will be key to your success. While you may choose to specialise in future years, it is essential to gain a very broad skill set and make contacts across the industry first. Our expert lecturers at UCB will help you do just that.
You will get the chance to work on your own research project or choose to do a final major project, which is an ideal opportunity to showcase the technical skills you have gained and further explore a particular field you’re passionate about.
Our teaching facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art, with two fully-equipped make-up studios, a special effects studio, prosthetics studio, a professional hair salon and much more.
As an undergraduate, you will have access to UCB’s £26 million study centre at McIntyre House in the historic Jewellery Quarter.

- **What skills will I gain?**

You will develop a range of specialist technical skills and assist in creating hair and make-up styles for different periods in history. You will also become adept at making and applying prosthetics and castings, as well gaining an understanding of how to create realistic wounds and special effects.
As well as exploring fashion and catwalk make-up, we will also teach you to develop the skills required for you to set up and run your own freelance business.
You will explore industry innovations, and develop a critical awareness of film genres and design concepts surrounding postiche from a particular area.

- **What about the future?**

Graduates enhance employability through a wide variety of UCB placements.
Career paths include:

- Theatre

- Film and TV

- Editorial

- Photographic studios

- Catwalk fashion

- Retail

- Historical research

- Corporate events

Modules

Year 1: Hair Design for Continuity (Ladies), Hair Design for Continuity (Barbering & Wigs), Historical Perspectives of Hair & Fashion, Special Effects and Prosthetic Make-up, Pathology of Special Effects Make-up, Artistry Skills, Academic Skills.
Year 2: Creative Fashion, Make-up & Styling, Period Hair & Make-up, Advanced Prosthetics & Castings, Freelance Practitioner, Visual Imagery for Fashion and Media, Research for Enquiry.
Year 3: Cultural & Historical Studies, Postiche Design for Performers, Innovations within Make-up Artistry, The Art of Film, Final Major Project or Research Project.

Assessment methods

- **Teaching**
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced staff and a typical teaching week will have up to 16 contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 9 hours of teaching in the make-up and/or special effects studios
- Tutorials - 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

- **Individual study**
In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**
Assessment is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. As this is a highly vocationally based programme, there is a greater emphasis of assessment by way of coursework which may include some written work, portfolio work as well as practically based activities such as assessments of technical skills and/or presentations.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 67%
- Practical assessment - 28%
- Written examinations - 5%
- Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Sports and Creative Studies - BA/BSc

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Hair and make-up

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in creative arts and design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
35%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

60%
Design occupations
10%
Other skilled trades
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Hair and make-up

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

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£18k

£18k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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