Title: Design in Media Make-up Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Application: Applications for full-time undergraduate courses should apply through UCAS. The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com or telephone 0371 468 0468.
UCAS Code: D324
UCAS Institute Code: B93
Attendance: Full time
Duration: 2 years
Start date: September

This foundation degree course is particularly relevant if you are looking to broaden your knowledge and practical skills within the make-up industry. The course will give you the opportunity to develop skills in media and theatrical make-up, use of special effects make-up, fashion and photographic make-up, development of creative hair skills, plus the production of a professional portfolio of creative designs. This thought provoking qualification combines academic knowledge with the development of skills such as presentation, research, evaluation and planning. Professional practice will take place within the industry, allowing you to network and gain relevant industrial experience in this chosen field of expertise. The result is a course designed to enhance your personal and professional effectiveness and your career progression.

Bury College University Centre is working hard to put appropriate safety measures into place and welcoming you to a safe learning environment this Autumn.  In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, face to face teaching will be delivered where practically possible and will follow guidelines on social distancing.  In response to changing circumstances and changes in public health advice, learning will be delivered in small class sizes. Online resources will be used to support learning.  In the event of further social restrictions, for example a further lockdown, delivery of courses will be taught online using a blend of learning resources and online teaching.

This course includes a wide range of practical elements. Please note, adaptations may be required to some of the practical aspects of course delivery to ensure learning is delivered in line with current regulations. Depending on government guidelines, this may include some sessions of face to face classroom learning in smaller groups for practical delivery, complemented by some sessions of virtual learning.  Some modules can be delivered online or through a mixture of face to face and online if required.

Please click here to access additional information and resources which will welcome you to the course and help you prepare for the next stage of your studies.

Download course specification: FdSc Design in Media Make-up (Special Effects Make-Up)


The course will give you advanced training in media make-up, theatrical and creative hairstyling. You will study the following modules:

  • Special Effects Make-up
  • Styling for the camera
  • Hair design for performers
  • Special effects make-up
  • Casting and mould-making
  • Body art
  • Freelancing
  • Portfolio development
  • Academic and professional skills

The course will develop your presentation-making skills and also aims to develop your skills in ICT and working with others. Your understanding of political, cultural, economic and historical factors that shape the media industry today will also be developed through improving your ability to think critically.

Study skills such as referencing, essay planning, presentation and analysing data are embedded in the Level 4 modules. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in teamwork, social interaction, discussion, organisation and time management. Learning is through a mix of formal sessions, practical workshops, tutorials and guided study/research sessions.

Assessment is through practicals, presentations and portfolios. There are no formal examinations.

You are required to develop a professional portfolio during the course which will demonstrate your creative thinking and practical abilities.

Towards the end of the course, you will be required to take part in work experience and to manage a professional showcase. All of these activities will be supported by curriculum specialists from your own field.

You may be able to progress on to an Honours degree by taking a top-up course. This usually requires 12-18 months of further study.

You will be required to buy a uniform and a kit. The contents of the kit are dependent on the pathway you choose.

To view the course fees please click here.

Media Stylist Kit list

SFX Kit list


Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points. These may be from at least two, but preferably three GCE A Levels (or equivalent) including an Art based subject
  • A Level 3 BTEC Art or Level 3 Media Make-up qualification is also acceptable
  • The university centre will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)
  • Applicants should also have the equivalent of five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English
  • If you do not have the normal entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course
  • You may be required to attend an interview and an assessment

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