Creative Makeup Design and Practice - BA (Hons) Top up

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
University Centre and Balliol Building
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Course Details

Written in collaboration with industry experts, this course gives undergraduates the opportunity to explore and perfect their approach to establishing a reputation in the make up industry or taking their career to the next level.

Undergraduates will be expected to work independently and apply critical thinking as they look into the future of make up design and development. Supported by academic work, they will take part in workshops, practical assessments and design briefs, producing an industry-ready portfolio. Modules will enhance the broad contextual and subject-specific knowledge base, empowering independent study and critical and analytical research. Through the digital design self-initiated project, undergraduates will embed the use of sector appropriate technology, honing skills relating to design and digital, including photography and the use of the digital design suite.

Guest speakers will enhance the university experience further, advancing awareness of current trends and products. Undergraduates will work on independent briefs and employ industry-standards whilst working towards their final major project.

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One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master's level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Own business enterprise
  • New media creator/influencer
  • Brand ambassador
  • Key make up artist roles
  • Beauty Editor
  • Make up Vlogger
  • Commercial make up artist
  • Cosmetic company make up artist leading into management roles
  • Freelance in the fashion and photographic industry
  • Editorial and catwalk make up artist leading up to designer role
  • Music industry make up artist
  • Personal make up artist
  • Freelance/ contractual TV and film productions make up artist / make up designer
  • Theatre based - make up/wigs leading to make up designer
  • Special effects make up artist for TV and film
For information about the Programme Specification and modules available please download the Course Handbook.

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Student work, videos, useful links and testimonials.

I’m so much happier and confident in my artistry now and that's all down to my teachers at the University Centre. Everyone needs to know how greate and supportive the Hugh Baird University Centre is!

Niamh Swindells

The support from my tutors has been outstanding. They've been accessible 24/7, replying to any messages or queries afterhours and even during holidays.

Tilly Walmsley

I love that there is the opportunity to really push yourself creatively in such a supportive environment.

Caitlin Lynch

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

=== They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

=== If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

To find out more information about this course, or to speak to a tutor, please make an enquiry:

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Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.

It should be noted that all courses are subject to periodic review, usually every five years, by the awarding partner organisations. Any potential planned changes made to course content following such reviews shall be communicated on the University Centre website and in writing to individual students / applicants.

While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place any day of the week.