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HND Performing Arts (Production) Media Make-up

Students can go into roles requiring make-up artistry within retail, commercial and theatrical settings. Students may work with stage, film and television to produce make-up hair and prosthetics suitable for a variety of genres. Opportunities for employment may also include fashion, make-up and hair, fantasy and character creation, within events, marketing and promotion or advertising roles.

Entry Requirements

You need to have at least one of the following Level 3 qualifications:

-Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
-Access to Art & Design
-National Extended Diploma in Art & Design
-Two A Levels at Grade C or above in appropriate subjects
-Five GCSEs grade C or above, including English.

Equivalent Level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

Swindon College welcomes mature applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements, who have a genuine wish to succeed and can provide evidence of relevant work-related experience. All applicants are required to attend an interview where they will be expected to bring a portfolio of project work.

Fees information


What do I need to bring?

All students will be supplied with a professional Media Make-Up kit, which will include the equipment and materials required to undertake the course.

Assessment/Exam information

Students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits (of which at least 65 must be at level 4) on their programme of learning to be awarded a BTEC Level 4 HNC and a minimum of 240 credits (of which at least 125 must be at level 5 or above) to be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND.

The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications is criterion-referenced and evidence must be made against published learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All work submitted for marking will be returned with feedback within four weeks.

Other information

You will receive excellent tuition from well-qualifed and experienced tutors.

This course is designed as a two year programme where you will achieve a HNC qualification in your first year and then top this up to a HND qualification in your second year. Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills including:

• Period hair, make-up and wig making and dressing
• Current trends in hair and make-up
• Fashion and editorial make-up and hair
• Hairdressing techniques for the make-up artist
• Character and theatre make-up
• Fantasy hair styling and make-up
• Sculpting, casting and prosthetics
• Contextual studies
• TV and film hair and make-up
• Special effects
• Body painting
• Applying design and creativity
• Airbrush techniques
• Life drawing

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the HND course you will be equipped with a high level of professional practical skills and a portfolio of photographic work.

You will be fully prepared for a career within the make-up industry, self-employment opportunities, as well as progression on to degree courses in a related discipline.

Qualification description

Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Production), Media Make-up

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks per year 10 Sep 2018 28 Jun 2019 Tuition fee: £6,000.00 ADH4010
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 12.00
Study days: 2 DAYS

Any extra costs

Students may incur additional costs in the production of their own practical work. These costs will vary depending on the nature of the work produced.

How to apply

Applications should be made via UCAS at Please use the institution code S98 & UCAS code W452. Please note that an interview and portfolio will be required.

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