Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Media Make Up Artistry (Taught at Salford City College)

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




One year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

If you want to apply to this course in Clearing, please contact Salford City College directly on: 0161 631 5075

Our course is designed to offer students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree, or a similar course in media make up, the opportunity to obtain the award of an Honours Degree. This course will enhance your knowledge and expertise in make up application and equip you with the skills to adapt and respond to the challenging demands of the make up industry.

The top-up programme will extend your key skills, attributes and advanced technical ability in the art of specific areas of media make up artistry for fashion, prosthetics and/or special effects.

This course is taught at our University Centre at Salford City College by specialist staff. Alongside this, you’ll enjoy a range of guest speakers, travel to industry exhibitions and events, and take part in a variety of educational trips.

You can discover more about this course on the Salford City College websiteFind out more about the benefits of studying at a partner college here.


You will:

  • Study at University Centre at Salford City College
  • Benefit from access to specialist facilities
  • Extend your key skills, attributes and advanced technical ability
Course details

All about the course

The profession of make-up artistry is wide and varied, incorporating special effects, prosthetics, and postiche design for media such as film, television, theatre and fashion. This course offers a supportive, friendly and constructive environment where you are challenged and can develop your skills within your chosen sector of the industry and achieve your personal, creative, professional and academic goals.

Year one

Make Up Artistry Project

The module is assessed by a Project which will assess your understanding and knowledge of safe working practices, team work and generating or responding to a creative or live client brief.

Professional Studio Practice

This will assess your understanding and knowledge of selecting advanced products and techniques through research and practical experimentation. The final portfolio will allow you to evidence your research, problem solving and experimentation of practical application techniques.

Product Development

This module involves exploring the activities of a selected firm and a line of products.  You’ll explore the use of these products, the market, the limitations and areas of possible future enhancement and innovation.

Distorting and Enhancing Appearance

This module will require you to experiment with advanced techniques in research, planning and application of high-level skills within your chosen area of make-up artistry. 

Professional Collaboration

This module provides an opportunity for you to create a networking event or industry collaboration relevant to your own area of practice.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Assessment methods will include a mix of both practical projects and written work. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be equipped with the skills to progress directly into employment as make up artists within TV, film, fashion, theatrical or editorial.

A taste of what you could become

A make up artist across a range of industries


What you need to know

If you have already completed a Foundation degree, HND, or other level 5 qualification, you should apply for direct entry to this top-up degree course.

Applications are also encouraged from those who have completed a Foundation Degree in Art & Design or Fashion styling.

For mature candidates, we require appropriate work experience supported by a demonstrated commitment to pursue a specialist area of study at level 6.

Applicants will be invited to interview where a portfolio of work will be assessed.

Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

BTEC National Diploma

HND Pass

Foundation Degree

Pass at 50% grade average

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £7,500per year
Full-time home 2023/24 £7,500per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID WA12

Institution S03