• LevelLevel 5
  • Age group19+
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


This course is designed to create fully-fledged industry standard hair and makeup artists, exploring various specialties within creative industries. We convey the importance of an artistry, honing in on developing a broad range of skills, confidence and experience. The course explores various avenues from effective visual communication tools, collaborative and reflective practice to the basic disciplines needed within the hair and makeup artistry.

The course has been specifically designed with key industry opinions and sectors in mind and will broaden your knowledge, portfolio and overall understanding on how to develop your idea into a fully realised and developed design concept. You will benefit from the tutor's specialist knowledge of industry, connections and insider tips and tricks to get yourself successfully initiated into a thriving industry of creatives. We explore, develop and enjoy the process of hair and makeup application, with you finishing the course with an industry standard portfolio and a breadth of knowledge.

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Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules include:

• Exploration of Period Hair and Makeup for TV/Film
• Special Effects
• Hair and Makeup for Fashion, Editorial and Print
• Contextual and Historical Studies
• Hair and Makeup for Theatrical Performance
• Hair and Makeup – Creative Development
• Zine
• Advanced Special Effects and Prosthetics
• The Exploration of how Cultural References are Imitated in Modern Times
• Collaborative Practise and Working Effectively
• Showcase Exhibition and Work Placement
• Core Skills

Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

• You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from an appropriate Level 3 (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level or relevant T Level qualification)
• We would also consider students with a level 3 in a course which is relevant to the industry:
Art and Design, Hair dressing, Costume Design, Film and Media
• GCSE passes at grade 4 (C) or equivalent English and maths
• A portfolio of work (if applicable)

Once you have completed the FD in Specialist Hair and Make-up Artistry for Creative industries, you will have the skills needed to enter the industries in the field of fashion, film/television and theatre, as a make-up artist, hair stylist, wig technician and special effects artist.
You may also choose to continue your studies and advance your professional development and skills further on our BA (Top Up) Specialist Hair and Makeup Artistry for Creative Industries.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,900 per year.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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