Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make Up - Foundation Degree

Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make Up - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


Leeds City College have developed a Foundation Degree in Fashion Theatrical and Media Make Up in response to sector developments and demand to meet the needs of this exciting competitive creative industry. 

This course places priority upon the need with which to encompass the wide vocational, academic and professional skill sets and personal attributes that are required by employers, agencies and freelance artists, as well as to provide substansive opportunity with which to provide students with the opportunity to develop their personal professional and creative portfolios in order to enable students to promote and showcase their creative skills at industry focused events. The Programme has a strong commercial flavour providing a balance of academic understanding and practice.

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods to develop an understanding for the theoretical concepts found within the Fashion, Media and Theatrical Make Up industry environments, thus combined with experience and practice of methods and techniques applicable to current commercial practice and aiding students reflective skills in regards to their own theoretical and application of skill.

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus The University Centre
Course code 72236-10
Fee £8,650 Full Time for Year 1, £7,250 Full Time for Year 2

What you learn

Over the two years of this course modules may include:

Year 1

  • Creative Hair and Make Up  1
  • Creative Hair and Make Up 2
  • Historical Influences
  • Principles of Flat Mould Appliances
  • Professional Development
  • Special Effects Make Up

Year 2

  • 2D and 3D Body Art
  • Creative Postiche
  • Managing the Creation of a Showcase
  • Prosthetics and Casting
  • Work Related Learning

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop the following skills and benefits:

  • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice

  • Enhancement of employability and career prospects within the world of fashion, theatrical and media hair and media make up

  • Opportunity for networking and industry links

  • Critical thinking, study skills, academic writing and time management strategies

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects

  • Entrepreneurial skills

  • To gain experience working on live work-based projects


How you will be assessed

You will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Assignments
  • Practical observations / photographic
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio production
  • Reflection and Evaluation Journals
  • Continuous Feedback

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course is delivered at the University Centre our dedicated higher education site situated next to the Park Lane Campus. The programme will also be delivered from our industry training room situated at Prime Studios. This facility gives students the opportunity to carry out practical work whilst in the setting of one of the major production studios in Leeds. This gives students fantastic networking opportunities and the chance to see and experience working in a production studio.


Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:


Entry requirements

A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma subject area such as Media Hair and Make-up although each application will be considered on its own merit together with a minimum of 4 GCSE grades at C or above including English and Maths.



International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.



All students are expected to present a creative portfolio and supportive academic text. This is considered at interview or through correspondence for distance learning applicants. However, factors such as previous industry experience and performance can support the application.



In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) including Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL).



We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.



All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course.



All students are expected to undertake relevant work related learning experience as part of the programme of study.  The length or type of work experience is not prescribed.



It is expected, in order to meet industry expectations, that students will be required to purchase a professional equipment kit.

Additional Costs

To support you with practical aspects of course, you will be given a professional makeup and hair kit which uses the highest quality and professional standard products from industry reputable brands. This would include the following items:

  • Special effects, prosthetics and casting from PS composites
  • Full editorial and fashion makeup kit from leading brands
  • Lace front wig (worth over £300), wig and postiche making equipment and hair equipment from Treasure House of Makeup and Banbury 
  • Airbrush kit and body art products from Airbase
  • 25 piece Pro Makeup Brush set from Royal and Langnickel (worth £200). Vegan options available.

To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible, for industry recognised professional branded quality products that will set you up in your future career, your kit will be ordered through the College. It is estimated that a full industry standard kit will cost in the region of approximately £2,000.

As we recognise this is a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for you to be able to apply for this cost to be added to your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, which would mean that your loan would be for £8,650 for Year 1 of the programme. The tuition fee for Year 2 will be £7,250. If taking this option please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the college.

Optional expenses may include:

  • £10 professional photoshoots at the end of practical assessments
  • Any additional resources individual to own projects
  • £20 Prosthetics trip

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 8F72 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

On successful completion, students may wish to consider careers in a variety of industry settings, such as - Theatre, Fashion and Editorial, Media, or Freelance.

It may also possible to continue your studies and complete an Honours Degree after a further year of full time study.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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