Creative Make Up Design and Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA)

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

The Foundation Degree in Creative Make Up Design and Practice offers undergraduates an opportunity to gain fundamental techniques and academic training, including anatomy and physiology, and key practical skills required to work within the make up industry.

Students will be taken on a journey from the past to present gaining invaluable knowledge of contextual and cultural influences in order to be inspired to design and create for today’s competitive make up industry. Throughout the Creative Make Up Design and Practice course, undergraduates will take part in a range of workshops, practical assessments and design briefs, supported by academic work in order to produce a portfolio and business plan ready for employment.

External industry guest speakers will enhance your experience further allowing you to develop a current awareness of trends and products.

You will work on live industry briefs linking with employers, and will develop skills by working towards national and international competition briefs. You will be learning skills relating to make up in the fashion/photographic, TV/film and the commercial sector, progressing to theatrical make up and special effects.

The course is designed to not only equip undergraduates with the practical skills needed to function successfully, but also to produce artists that can design, inspire and enthuse the larger audience and communicate appropriately within its functioning world.

In addition, enterprising make up businesses are an emerging feature throughout the North West region and students will be supported in their personal progression for self-employment and business plan development.

Work experience within all areas of media and the make up industries will form a key aspect of this course. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with undergraduates from other courses across the University Centre.

The course has strong links with industry as well as make up companies who provide products, make up demonstrations and seminars throughout the year to promote employability within industry.

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For entry requirements, please view the Course Handbook.
Two years full time, three years part time.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

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

  • Commercial make up artist
  • Cosmetic company make up artist
  • Freelance in the fashion and photographic industry
  • Editorial and catwalk
  • 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
  • Own business enterprise
For information about the Programme Specification and modules available please refer to the Download Course Handbook.

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

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Student work, videos, useful links and testimonials.

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

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

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

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