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HND in Specialist Make Up

HND in Specialist Make Up


What you'll study

This two year Level 4/5 course is designed for those with a professional interest in theatre or film make up. It specialises in developing advanced skills and knowledge necessary to work in the world of film, TV and theatre.

You will cover units including:

  • Contextual Studies
  • Creative arts professional practice
  • Creative arts research skills
  • Managing a creative business
  • Mask design and construction
  • Design exploration for make up in performance arts
  • Period hair and make up
  • Wigs and postiche for the creative arts (making a full wig)
  • Design techniques and applications for the performer
  • Historical context in the performing arts
  • Preparation, process and production in the creative arts (body painting, life casting and special effects prosthetics)
  • Production management in the creative arts
  • Personal and professional development
  • Research project
  • TV and film hair and make up

What's expected of you

Delivery takes place on campus and offsite for some masterclass training therefore you will occasionally need to make arrangements for travel. Dedicated, creative and inspirational attributes in a learner will be expected.

What qualifications you'll achieve

Edexcel HND in Performing Arts (Specialist Make Up) – Levels 4 and 5, however, you will achieve a HNC in Performing Arts after the first year of study.

How you'll be assessed

Practical skills are assessed through a series of timed practical assessments set from an industry related brief, which are supported with an extensive journal of research and development log. Theory units are assessed through case studies, research journals and presentations.

What you can do next

On successful completion of the HNC you will progress to the HND, and then BA (Hons) Degree in Media Make Up.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A*- C including English and Art, a Level 3 qualification in Theatrical and Media Make Up (minimum vocational merit profile) or equivalent industrial experience.

Additional information

You will be expected to purchase a uniform and a wig kit which will cost approximately £250.00

There may be other costs linked to travel and accomodation for Masterclass training.

Code of dress:

  • Uniform
  • Hair must be neatly tied back off the face

Where can I study HND in Specialist Make Up?


Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)

Call 01495 333 777 to apply today

All courses may be subject to change. Coleg Gwent reserves the right to withdraw courses should they no longer be deemed viable to run.

Gall yr holl gyrsiau fod yn destun newid. Mae Coleg Gwent yn cadw'r hawl i dynnu cyrsiau yn os ystyrir nad yw bellach yn ddichonadwy i'w rhedeg.

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