Make-up Artistry BA (Hons) (Top-up)

The Make-up Artistry BA (Hons) Degree was developed in consultation with industry specialists to meet the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled make-up artists. Learn professional skills to become an innovative and in-demand make-up artist.

Course Level:
Level 6
1 Year (FT)
2 Years (PT)
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
The Open University


This course was designed to build on the skills acquired in each of its two-year pathway programmes (Prosthetic Make-Up Effects FD and Fashion & Editorial Make-up FD). You will learn professional skills to become an innovative and in-demand make-up artist.

A Level 6, the course both challenges and extends sector knowledge and encourages you to establish your professional practice. Modules include the development of your individual portfolio and a showcase module with a focus on your future career.

Teaching and learning will take place through a combination of lectures and seminars, presentations and tutorials.  Lectures and seminars provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience providing a forum for discussion, debate and exploration of issues.  In addition, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of independent study each week such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. You will be expected to become resourceful and entrepreneurial and to take responsibility for your own learning. Independent research, reporting on own reading, one to one guidance and small group discussion will be available to help you progress. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre.


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course. You will study three x 20 credit modules plus one x 60 credit final major project module (120 credits).

Level 6

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Specialist Practice 20 Body of Work (50%), Critical Analysis (50%)
1 Beauty & The Beast 20 Research Project
1 Final Major Project


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Final Major Project (this module begins in Semester 1) 60 Portfolio of Practical Work
2 Make-up Showcase Event 20 Reflective Journal (30%) Make-up Showcase Event (70%)


Further information on feedback, pass marks and classifications can be found in Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

Entry Requirements

  • Fashion & Editorial Make-up FD or Prosthetic Make-up Effects FD or other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area

Your choices may include:

  • Prosthetic Make-up Artist
  • Make-up Artist Freelance / Self-employment

Your choices may include:

  • Working in industry
  • Fashion Design MA
  • Art & Design MA
  • Visual Arts MA
  • Postgraduate study

You will be required to purchase specialist equipment at the beginning of each year study up to the value of £450.

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