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We have launched Instagram and Facebook channels for our HE Media Makeup courses, make sure you follow them to stay up to date with work from our HE Media Make-up students.

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS course code: 2A5T. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

View York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.

Our BA (Hons) in Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design is one of the most popular programmes at York College. There is an emphasis on working towards an industry standard portfolio on the completion of the course, therefore the importance of working with professionals is highlighted. With this in mind, you will have numerous opportunities throughout the programme to collaborate with professional photographers. This collaboration also helps to build on the skills required in employment such as communication, time management and organisation.

The College maintains strong links with professionals and suppliers, to ensure awareness of current brands, materials and techniques. This has enabled previous students to benefit from work experience on TV productions including ‘CBeebies’, ‘TOWIE’, ‘Vera’ and ‘Emmerdale’ and Films including ‘Dads Army’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Clash of The Titans’ and ‘The Kings Speech’. Our students have also previously worked at some of the UK’s largest production companies including at MediaCityUK and BBC Wales, as well as working with well-established theatre companies in York, including The Theatre Royal, The Grand Opera House York and Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry:
Foundation Degree (FD) Media Make-up, Special Effects Make-up and Hair Design or equivalent level 5 qualification in a relevant subject.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Programme Content

The profession of make-up artistry is wide and varied, incorporating basic and more specialised make-up and hair design for media such as film, television, theatre and fashion. The programme offers a supportive, friendly and constructive environment, where you are challenged and can develop your individual profile and interests, to realise your potential and to achieve your personal, creative, professional and academic goals.

Course themes include:

  • Contextual studies
  • Work-based learning for the creative industries
  • Wig work and postiche
  • Digital image production
  • Personal and professional development
  • Make-up and hair for TV and film
  • Freelance and industry management

Assessment Methods

Teaching will take place within both workshop and classroom environments. Teaching methods will include Practical demonstrations, Industry speakers, Learner practical sessions, Group/peer work projects, Simulation tasks and Work placements. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the course. Students are assessed on their ability to research and project manage in preparation for practical assessments, as well as their performance on the practical assessment. The course places a strong emphasis on style and quality of presentation with the underlying aim of students building an industry quality portfolio to help them progress into industry.


Successful graduates may go on to work in a variety of roles in the media sector, with previous students going on to work as make-up artists for film and TV, photographic shoots, prosthetic artists and aestheticians. Some students may enrol on further, postgraduate study or pursue a career in teaching media make-up.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Additional course costs may include purchasing kit, essential texts to support learning, and registration fees for optional additional qualifications.

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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