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Media Make-up with Prosthetics FD (Subject to Validation)

Develop your own individual style and creativity whilst building your own portfolio to showcase your make-up artistic skills. Offering excellent industry links with teaching led by expert industry practitioners will allow you to gain key skills and advanced technical ability in the art of make-up transformation.

The Prosthetic Make-up Effects FD will prepare you for a successful career as a Multi-Media Make-Up Artist, providing you with the opportunity to develop your creativity and individual style whilst building techniques and skills. You will investigate and develop the necessary practical and theoretical skills to become a make-up artist as well as developing technical, application and professional skills alongside conceptual initiatives.

Our tutors have excellent industry links and experience which has enabled this course to be written in liaison with industry leaders from the fields of film, television and theatre production. In particular, you will benefit from their expertise and knowledge of the latest technology, materials and techniques, skills and knowledge that are crucial to becoming a successful make-up artist. You will gain valuable industry experience throughout the course with key speakers including Kate Benton and Shauna Harrison and the expert team from Pam, London.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and tutorials, which will be supported through group discussion, presentations, workshops and individual and group tasks. Alongside the contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of independent study such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus, in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre. The average class size for this course is 8-10.

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  You must receive a pass mark of 40 or above in all modules to achieve the Foundation Degree.  Your overall grade for the course and your Foundation Degree classification are based on the marks obtained for all modules.  More information can be found in the Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

A Foundation Degree is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of a full BA or BSc (Hons) course and a Higher National Diploma. Once you complete your Prosthetic Make-up Effects FD, you can move on to study the Make-up Artistry BA (Hons) for a further year.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
FT - £6,950
Institution Code
Subject to validation
Validated by

Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points) English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent
  • Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview

In addition, if you have a relevant HNC you may be able to transfer credit in certain modules onto the Foundation Degree.

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What you will study

1 • Professional Focus Studies
1 • Special Effects
1 • Prosthetic Art
2 • Creation of Props for Special Effects
2 • Hair Effects
2 • Freelance Strategy
1 • Industry Practice
1 • Prosthetic Ageing Effects & Bald Caps
2 • Prosthetic Character Creation
2 • Professional Identity

What's Next?

To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.

Further Study

  • Make-up Artistry BA (Hons)


  • Make-up artist