- **Non Vocational**
Aimed at those with non vocational entry qualifications such as a **A Level, Access to HE and BTEC**, this course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you vital business knowledge to promote yourself, build your business as a freelancer and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. You will create a professional portfolio of work that showcases your technical abilities to future employers.
- **Course snapshot**
This course is your doorway to an exciting career as a freelance, specialist hair and media make-up artist, working in TV, film, photography, fashion, editorial, prosthetics and theatre.
This course will train you to an advanced level in a wide variety of practical skills and give you vital business knowledge to promote yourself, build your business as a freelancer and manage your finances for a career in TV, film, photography and theatre. You will create a professional portfolio of work that showcases your technical abilities to future employers.
- **Whoâs the course for?**
This BA (Hons) degree course, accredited by University College Birmingham, is ideal if you are passionate about a career in the highly-creative, specialist hair and media make-up sector. Designed to set you up for a thriving career as a freelance artist, this course arms you with the vital skills youâll need to promote yourself, build your business and manage your finances.
- **Why should I study the course?**
You will create a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers. The course will also demonstrate your commitment, reliability and timekeeping skills â and your ability to evaluate your work and train your eye to pick up detail. Your ability to communicate effectively with directors, crew, photographers and costume designers, to name a few, is key to your future success in this demanding, yet exciting, industry.
- **Great. Tell me some more**
The freelance hair and make-up industry requires artists who are able to work within a range of media settings. An understanding of each environment and its individual remit will be key to your success. While you may choose to specialise in future years, it is essential to gain a very broad skill set and make contacts across the industry first. Our expert lecturers at UCB will help you do just that.
You will get the chance to work on your own research project or choose to do a final major project, which is an ideal opportunity to showcase the technical skills you have gained and further explore a particular field youâre passionate about.
Our teaching facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art, with two fully-equipped make-up studios, a special effects studio, prosthetics studio, a professional hair salon and much more.
As an undergraduate, you will have access to UCBâs Â£26 million study centre at McIntyre House in the historic Jewellery Quarter.
- **What skills will I gain?**
You will develop a range of specialist technical skills and assist in creating hair and make-up styles for different periods in history. You will also become adept at making and applying prosthetics and castings, as well gaining an understanding of how to create realistic wounds and special effects.
As well as exploring fashion and catwalk make-up, we will also teach you to develop the skills required for you to set up and run your own freelance business.
You will explore industry innovations, and develop a critical awareness of film genres and design concepts surrounding postiche from a particular area.
- **What about the future?**
Graduates enhance employability through a wide variety of UCB placements.
Career paths include:
- Film and TV
- Photographic studios
- Catwalk fashion
- Historical research
- Corporate events
You will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) degree at the end of Year 2.
- **Year 1**: Historical Hair and Make-up Studies, Pathology of Special Effects Make-up, Sculpture and Design,
Special Effects Make-up.
Non-vocational pathway: plus one pathway module from below, Artistry Skills, Hair Design for Continuity
- **Year 2**: Period Hair and Make-up, Editorial Imagery, On Set Prosthetics, Professional Identity and Employability, Critical Approach to Research Methods. One option from Character Prosthetic Creation, Postiche, and Creative Fashion and Make-up and Styling.
- **Year 3**: Innovations and Enterprise Studies, Cultural and Historical Studies, Character Design. One option from Creative Artist and On Set Skills. Research Option (Final Major Project or Research Project).
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced staff and a typical teaching week will have up to 16 contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 9 hours of teaching in the make-up and/or special effects studios
- Tutorials - 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- **Individual study**
In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. As this is a highly vocationally based programme, there is a greater emphasis of assessment by way of coursework which may include some written work, portfolio work as well as practically based activities such as assessments of technical skills and/or presentations.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 67%
- Practical assessment - 28%
- Written examinations - 5%
- Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Application deadline details:
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