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Creative Make Up Design and Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA)

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: 8N42

  • Institutional code: H65

The Foundation Degree in Creative Make Up Design and Practice offers undergraduates an opportunity to gain fundamental techniques and academic training, including anatomy and physiology, and key practical skills required to work within the make up industry.

Students will be taken on a journey from the past to present gaining invaluable knowledge of contextual and cultural influences in order to be inspired to design and create for today’s competitive make up industry. Throughout the Creative Make Up Design and Practice course, undergraduates will take part in a range of workshops, practical assessments and design briefs, supported by academic work in order to produce a portfolio and business plan ready for employment.

External industry guest speakers will enhance your experience further allowing you to develop a current awareness of trends and products.

You will work on live industry briefs linking with employers, and will develop skills by working towards national and international competition briefs. You will be learning skills relating to make up in the fashion/photographic, TV/film and the commercial sector, progressing to theatrical make up and special effects.

The course is designed to not only equip undergraduates with the practical skills needed to function successfully, but also to produce artists that can design, inspire and enthuse the larger audience and communicate appropriately within its functioning world.

In addition, enterprising make up businesses are an emerging feature throughout the North West region and students will be supported in their personal progression for self-employment and business plan development.

Work experience within all areas of media and the make up industries will form a key aspect of this course. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with undergraduates from other courses across the University Centre.

The course has strong links with industry as well as make up companies who provide products, make up demonstrations and seminars throughout the year to promote employability within industry.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a range of core modules, including:

Year 1:

  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Make Up Artist
  • Fundamental Design Techniques
  • Design Practice 1

Year 2:

  • Contemporary Contextual Studies
  • Professional Development in the Freelance World
  • Work Based Learning Project
  • Design Practice 2

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

  • 64 UCAS points (160 under the old tariff) made up from a combination of the following:
    • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
    • A Levels at grade C or above, including one relevant subject
    • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject
View Additional Entry and Selection Criteria

Career Path

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Commercial make up artist
  • Cosmetic company make up artist
  • Freelance in the fashion and photographic industry
  • Editorial and catwalk
  • Music industry make up artist
  • Personal make up artist
  • Freelance/ contractual TV and film productions make up artist / make up designer
  • Theatre based – make up/wigs leading to make up designer
  • Special effects make up artist for TV and film
  • Own business enterprise


Two years full time or three years part time


Primary contact:
Diane Flanagan
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext. 6124 or email: diane.flanagan@hughbaird.ac.uk

Secondary contact:
Donna Wright
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5526 or email: donna.wright@hughbaird.ac.uk


You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front – Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £8,000 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

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