Make-up & Hair Design*

BA (Hons) - UCA Rochester - 2019

This innovative Make-up & Hair Design course is perfect if you’re excited and inspired by the transformative power of creative fashion make-up and hair design. From classical to conceptual, from catwalk to contemporary art, this course will prepare you for a career as a practicing make-up and hair artist, working across all fashion formats or in the beauty media arena.

As a student on the course, you’ll learn about this particular area of the fashion industry, where a make-up artist and hair designer fits within it and how the make-up/hair artist collaborates with a stylist, art director, fashion designer, catwalk producer, fashion director, photographer and filmmaker.

You’ll develop the practical skills needed to become an innovative practitioner, together with a broader academic understanding of the theories of culture and identity. You’ll graduate with an individual signature style and a rich portfolio of work.

*Course is subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


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112 UCAS tariff points

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20 Feb 2019

Open Day - all campuses

Course details

  • Year 1

    Fashion Make – Up and Hair and Components of Creativity 1 
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    Beauty and Culture (Contextual Studies)
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    Film/Performance Make – Up and Hair and Components of Creativity 2
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    The Dynamics of Technique and Design
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  • Year 2

    Creative Catwalk, Film and Performance (Industry Project)
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    The Made-up Image (Contextual Studies)
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    Make up, Hair, Special Effects & Wig Design
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    Professional Practice and Industry Placement
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    Study Abroad with Host Institution

  • Year 3

    Major Project Research Concept Development
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    Major Project Production and Implementation
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    Dissertation (Contextual Studies)
    This unit consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:


UCA Rochester has a wide range of facilities including fully equipped photography studios and extensive fashion studios. There are also campus digital media suites with Macs and PCs with latest programmes for editing as well as general design work and on campus library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

More information:

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. At the Applicant Day you can meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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