Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Make-up & Hair for Theatre & Media - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0050-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

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, BBC series and West End shows
  • Small class sizes and high tutor contact time
  • Graduates are now working on major films, TV series, adverts, West End shows and magazine shoots
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

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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.

Years 1 and 2 consist of a 12-unit programme which carefully balances academic study with skill and craft development, as well as production/event experience and industry placements. FdA is awarded on completion of the first two years, following which the third year is optional. Click here for more information about the third year BA top-up course.

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 series and Royal Opera House productions.




See more student work:

Instagram @makeupandhairuk
Course blog makeupandhairuk.com

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA top-up course, or enter employment.

Potential careers

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




Recent graduate Alice Townes (above) 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.

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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