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University College Birmingham

Specialist Hair & Media Make-Up

UCAS Code: W452

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

96

Hair (Pathway) - In addition to achieving 96 UCAS Tariff points you will also need a Level 3 Hairdressing qualification to be eligible for this pathway. Non-Vocational (Pathway) ideal for students who have previously studied A-levels or an unrelated Level 3 qualification - In addition to achieving 96 UCAS Tariff points may also be required to attend a compulsory short blended learning programme prior to the course. This will be communicated to you in your admissions offer should this be a requirement. Make-up (Pathway) - In addition to achieving 96 UCAS Tariff points you will also need a Level 3 Make-up qualification to be eligible for this pathway. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Hair and make-up

**Course snapshot**

You may have seen our Specialist Hair and Media Make-Up students’ work on BBC’s Peaky Blinders or Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-up Star, or at Dirty Dancing and Matilda in the theatre. If you saw Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, you will also have seen the work of students who mastered their skills at UCB.

Trained by experienced lecturers, some of whom have worked on the likes of Game of Thrones, students on this course will learn a wide variety of advanced practical skills and the know-how to build a freelance business for an exciting career in TV, film, photography and theatre.

**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. Graduates have also gone on to work in the fashion image industry, cosmetics or as freelance hair and make-up artists.

**Why should I study the course?**

From period hair and make-up to editorial imagery and prosthetics, you will gain all the skills you need in this competitive industry, with incredible placements to boost your employability. These include work on major theatre productions to emergency response exercises.

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.

**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. Whilst you may choose to specialise in future years within a particular field, it is essential to prove yourself and build a reputation within 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, which is an ideal opportunity to showcase the technical skills you have gained and develop an industry specialism.

Our teaching facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art, with two fully-equipped make-up studios, a specialist effects studio, a prosthetics studio at our Summer Row site as well as additional facilities at our nearby Richmond House facility.

A uniform and kit will need to be purchased via UCB at a cost of about £400. However, eligible students can get £300 a year to cover most of this via our Kick-Start scheme.

**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 develop advanced skills in making and applying prosthetics and castings as well as learning 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 character design and enterprise, should you wish to set up a business.

**What about the future?**

You will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the specialist hair and media make-up sector. Graduates have also gone on to work in the fashion image industry, cosmetics or as a freelance hair and make-up artist.

Career paths include:

- Theatre

- Film and TV

- Editorial

- Photographic studios

- Retail

- Historical Research

- Corporate Events

Modules

**Year 1**

- Historical Hair and Make-up Studies
- Pathology of Special Effects Make-up
- Sculpture and Design
- Special Effects Make-up

**Hair Pathway - Plus one pathway module from:**

- Artistry Skills
- Hair Design for Continuity (Barbering and Styling)

**Make-up Pathway - Plus one pathway module from:**

- Commercial Hair and Make-up
- Hair Design for Continuity

**Non-vocational Pathway - Plus one pathway module from:**

- Artistry Skills
- Hair Design for Continuity

**Year 2**

- Critical Approach to Research Methods
- Editorial Imagery
- On Set Prosthetics
- Period Hair and Make-up
- Professional Identity and Employability

**Plus one option from:**

- Character Prosthetic Creation
- Creative Fashion, Make-up and Styling
- Postiche

**Year 3**

- Character Design
- Cultural and Historical Studies
- Innovations and Enterprise Studies

**Choose one option from:**

- Final Major Project
- Research Project

**Plus one option from:**

- Creative Artist
- On Set Skills

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 of 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. Canvas, our online portal, provides 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 greater emphasis of assessment by way of coursework to include written work and a portfolio, as well as practical 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.

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Drama

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

80%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
100%
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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
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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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