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Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make-Up

BA Hons (Top-up)

Study Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make-Up at University Centre Leeds

Be the best you can be backstage with a clear vision of what you want to achieve as a fashion, theatrical and media makeup professional. Building on your core professional skills, you’ll create your own identity, choose your personal specialism and hone your craft as you prepare to enter the fast-paced media makeup industry.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Campus and Prime Studios
  • Fee: £9,250 per academic year (£8,745 fees + £5,05 kit fee) for UK students
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 8F73
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Make-Up

Our Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Makeup Top-up Degree will top-up your foundation degree to a bachelor’s degree. This exciting course is designed to provide the opportunity to develop your individual creative identity as an artist while preparing and supporting your transition from student to working professional.

Throughout the course, you’ll explore specialist areas such as creative makeup application for male performers and applied prosthetics. You will acquire the entrepreneurial skills needed to start your own business, manage in retail and sell your skills as a professional. While studying, take advantage of our extensive employer links to gather industry insight.

Train in our bespoke setting at our partner television studio, Prime Studios. This exciting environment provides networking opportunities, developing you into a professional, who’s able to apply fashion, theatrical, and media makeup skills to digital media.

This course is subject to validation by The Open University

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We are proud to work with: 

We are part of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus initiative which works to forge closer links between TV and Film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and students. Through this initiative you will have access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses and special events, including visits to live sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and the opportunity to gain feedback on your work from industry professionals. The scheme is encouraged and supported by the broadcasters based in the region, including Channel 4, the BBC and ITV.

We are also members of Film Buddy UK who offer bespoke employability services to encourage, inspire and assist students directly into work experience placements and employment within the Film, Television & Creative Media Industries. UCL Creative Arts students have free registration with the company throughout their studies and have access to live Q and As with some of the world's leading specialists, mentoring support, access to work experience opportunities and FB-1, an online catalogue of interviews and podcasts with specialists from the screen industries.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include

  • Applied Prosthetics
  • The Creative Art of Male Makeup
  • Creative Identity and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Final Project

You will develop the following skills and benefits:

  • Innovative and creative thinking that will benefit the fast moving creative industry environment.

  • A critical understanding of Fashion, Theatrical, Hair and Media Make-up principles and practices

  • Self-discipline and independence as learners and creative industries practitioners

  • Opportunity for networking and industry links

  • Critical thinking, study skills, academic writing and time management strategies 

  • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects

A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the BA (Hons) Fashion, Theatrical, Hair and Media Make-up qualification. Close industry links with Prime Studios will enable students to gain access to guest speakers holding a deep understanding of the overall sector, thus giving students an excellent source of information in addition to exposure to one of the main production studios in the region.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Design Statements
  • Timed Assessments
  • Practical/Portfolio production
  • Written Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Research Folder
  • Reflection and Evaluation Journals
  • Continuous Feedback


Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject. For students below this profile a suitable tutor reference will be required. 

HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject, For students below this profile a suitable tutor reference will be required. 

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Portfolio: All students must be able to demonstrate by a portfolio of work, qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy, numeracy and practical skills to complete the course.

Note: It is expected, in order to meet industry expectations, that students will be required to purchase a professional equipment kit.

Progression may include postgraduate study or a master’s degree.

Job opportunities may include

  • Freelance makeup artist (MUA)
  • Postiche specialist
  • Retail manager
  • Special effects makeup artist
  • Theatrical makeup artist 
  • Specialist roles within fashion, photography, TV, film, theatre, and more.

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

To support you with practical aspects of course, you will be required to purchase a professional prosthetics kit and LCC uniform.

To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible, for industry recognised professional branded quality products that will set you up in your future career, you can order your kit through the College. It is estimated that a full industry standard kit will cost in the region of £450.

As we recognise this is a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for you to be able to apply for this cost to be added to your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England,  which would mean that your loan would be for £7950. If taking this option please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the college.

When applying for your tuition fee loan please either select the fee without the kit (charged at £7950), or the fee with the kit included (charged at £8400).

Optional expenses may include:

  • £10 professional photoshoots at the end of practical assessments
  • Any additional resources individual to own projects
  • £30 Optional Prosthetics Event Trip



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