Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hair & Make Up for Theatre & Media - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

HE Hair & Make Up course overview

This course has been devised in response to industry and student-led demand for practical training in make-up and hairdressing techniques for theatre, film, TV, fashion, festival, carnival and entertainment arenas.

Key features

  • All tutors are industry specialists
  • Campus facilities include a working theatre and photographic studios
  • Students gain work experience on high profile films, TV series and West End shows
  • Graduates are now working on major films, TV series, adverts, West End shows and magazine shoots

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Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Make Up & Hair for Theatre & Media is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Portfolio advice:

Please bring a portfolio of work or samples, as appropriate, that best demonstrates your abilities. This should include a range of 2D sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, design artwork. 3D models, sculptures etc. (or good quality photographs of 3D work). Please also examples of any hair and make-up work undertaken.

Cross-college entry guide

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The course carefully balances academic study with skill and craft development, as well as production/event experience and industry placements.

As a specialist course, it is based within our theatre department but also shares close links with our photography, music and fashion departments, creating unique opportunities for students to practise their arts in live creative contexts. These are extended through involvement with the rich cultural environment provided by Brighton, the surrounding region and London.

Students have gained work experience on a variety of high profile theatre, film and TV sets, including BBC and major West End productions.


See more student work:

Instagram @makeupandhairuk
Course blog

Potential careers

  • Make-up artist in theatre, film or TV
  • Wig assistant in theatre, film or TV
  • ‘FX’ artist
  • Retail
  • Bridal
  • Fashion


Alumni stories

Alumna Alice Townes has worked as Deputy Head of Make Up on the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and she is now working on the Asian tour of The Sound of Music.

Alumna Hannah Canfor has worked on a variety of films, including Rocketman, The Mummy, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Alumna Hope Watson has been working at Sydney Opera House in Australia, having previously worked at the Royal Opera House and on The Lion King.

Bambi Brett has worked at the National Theatre on Pinocchio, having previously worked on Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

Past graduates have gone on to work as make-up artists and wig assistants in theatre, film and television. Employers have included the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, West End theatres etc. Graduates have also worked on feature length films such as Warhorse and Sleeping Beauty as well as many television productions. Students also go into fashion and editorial and work for high brand beauty retailers such as Mac, Bobby Brown, Kat Von D and Chanel.

Tuition fees, student loans and bursaries

Additional costs for this course

Make-up and hair kit approx. £1,000

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