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Beauty Therapy & Make Up UG:Diploma

International Career Institute United Kingdom

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Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services) Diploma

Melbourne Polytechnic Australia

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Hair and Make-up for Film and Performance BA (Hons)

Buckinghamshire New University United Kingdom

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Beauty Make up Artist Certificate UG:Diploma

New Image College of Fine Arts Canada

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Hair and Make-up for Fashion BA (Hons)

University of the Arts London (UAL) United Kingdom

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Media Make-up with Special Effects BA (Hons)

Bradford College United Kingdom

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Make-up & Hair Design BA (Hons)

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) United Kingdom

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Make-up for Media and Performance BA (Hons)

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) United Kingdom

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Media Make-up and Hair Artistry BA (Hons)

The Sheffield College United Kingdom

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Skin Care and Make-up (SCQF level 5) Other UG Award

City of Glasgow College United Kingdom

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Make-up Degrees

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Studying for a make-up degree will allow you to enhance your skills in the area. You will be able to discover more about the theoretical and historical side of make-up application and uses, as well as having the chance to improve your technical and practical skills. You will be exposed to the business and marketing elements of a quickly developing academic discipline, preparing yourself for a career in an industry that is going from strength to strength.

An undergraduate degree in make-up will give you a foundation of knowledge in the area. You will study modules on the application of make-up, the history of make-up, contemporary make-up designs and the different uses for make-up throughout history. These modules will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical assessment and sessions to develop your technical skills. You might be presented with the opportunity to undertake a practical module or year, but this will depend on your institution and degree course.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Film and TV Make-Up
  • Special Effects
  • Make-Up and Hair Design
  • Theatre and Performance Make-Up
  • Branding for Creative Industries

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, submit a final major research project, or take part in a degree show, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of make-up.

The accreditation of a make-up degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes), or in some cases a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Depending on your career path when you have graduated, you may be presented with further opportunities to gain professional or academic qualifications and certifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in make-up will take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your make-up degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Graduates of a make-up degree will find that there are many different career options available to them. You might choose to work in a role directly related to your degree. This could include becoming a make-up artist for a range of industries, such as commercial print, red carpet events, theater performances, runway and high fashion shows, funeral make-up, bridal make-up and costume make-up.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These will be useful in the make-up industry, as well as being applicable to many other creative industries and beyond. Skills gained will include time management, idea development, and effective communication.

An undergraduate degree in make-up will give you a foundation of knowledge in the area. You will study modules on the application of make-up, the history of make-up, contemporary make-up designs and the different uses for make-up throughout history. These modules will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical assessment and sessions to develop your technical skills. You might be presented with the opportunity to undertake a practical module or year, but this will depend on your institution and degree course.

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