“Thank you for your interest in the Media Make-up Department! Whatever the status of your application, I hope the following information will help prepare you for future studies in Media Make-up, maybe even help you decide that Bury College University Centre is the place for you. This is a relatively new course, so it is a great chance for our students to have input into how the course develops. I am very excited to see how our future students grow over their time with us, and to see the skilled professionals they will become.”

  • Emily Simpson, Lecturer and Programme Lead for Media Make-up

Emily is a Media Make-up and Hair specialist, with over 5 years teaching experience and over 12 years industry experience in TV, editorial and bridal make-up. Her qualifications include Level 2 and 3 Hair, Level 2 and 3 Make-up, and a Foundation Diploma in Media Make-up for Film and TV.


Why choose university study?

For those still thinking about their options, our current students have provided some reasons why they chose to pursue a university education:

  • Better earning potential
  • Greater opportunities to broaden your skills, knowledge to take into future employment
  • Flexible learning to fit around you
  • Build up contacts for your future careers
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in your future career
  • Meet new friends, new lecturers, and new people who are interested in the same industries you are


Modules and course information

This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge necessary to build a career in Make-up Artistry within the creative industries, such as film, television and theatre. At Level 4, you will develop a range of practical skills, knowledge and experience of current and emerging make-up industry developments and trends. You will gain an understanding of the roles and requirements of a hair and make-up artist in a range of projects and live productions. Throughout your time on the course you will practice a variety of hair, make-up and character styles on your peers, models and actors. You will also develop a portfolio to showcase your professional skills.

Topics on this course may include:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Photographic Practices
  • Hair and Make-up Application
  • Fashion and Photographic Make-up
  • Period Hair and Make-up
  • Body Art Application
  • Make-up Ageing Skills


How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via a range of methods, including practical assessments, and portfolios.


Career opportunities

This course will allow you to progress onto a HND in Performing Arts - Media Make-up in the Creative Industries, a related course, or develop your career as a media makeup artist.


Student success

Past Media Make-up student Ilham Boudrez assisted on a shoot with well-known photographer Terry Donnelly in the first year of her course, after being offered the opportunity by hair and make-up artist Jenna Hacking, one of the industry specialists who delivers the course. Jenna was so impressed with the skills and dedication Ilham demonstrated in her studies that she invited Ilham to be her assistant on the shoot. Ilham said:

“The shoot was an opportunity to learn new skills. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I loved taking part and working with Jenna.”

To find out more about Ilham’s experience, please click here: https://burycollege.ac.uk/news/media-make-up-student-secures-industry-opportunity


Get in contact

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about your course or the University Centre. We can also put you in contact with your course tutor for a chat. Please email victoria.rowcroft@burycollege.ac.uk with any queries.