Make-up & Hair for Theatre & Media - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree
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.
- 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
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.
Cross-college entry guide
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.
On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA top-up course, or enter employment.
- Make-up artist in theatre, film or TV
- Wig assistant in theatre, film or TV
- ‘FX’ artist
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.