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Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics Production


Foundation degree

Key facts

FdA Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics Production
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: W47
Course Code: 243W
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of a minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

Develop your creative technique alongside the commercial outlook needed for a career in the production arts for stage and screen.

  • Learn how to produce professional design work in hairstyling, make-up, special effects and prosthetics.
  • Become a skilled production practitioner for film, TV, theatre, photoshoots and live music.
  • Benefit from the brand new industry-standard equipment on offer at UCW.

As a hub for the creative industries, there is a real need in the South West for talented and experienced production practitioners and designers with a flair for bringing ideas to life.

This course will qualify you to work to a professional standard in the areas of hairstyling, make-up, prosthetics, model making and special effects.

Given this focus on the application of techniques from disciplines across the production arts, it is suitable for students from a range of backgrounds in areas including art and design, hair and beauty, and fashion.

What you'll learn


This course has been designed with employer input and combines academic study with work-based learning, to enable you to gain the knowledge and creative techniques you'll need to be a success in roles relating to production arts.

You’ll develop professional skills in hairstyling, make-up, prosthetics and special effects through specialist workshops, and apply these techniques in work placements and as part of the numerous shows and shoots we organise throughout the years.

In both years, you’ll study portfolio working, covering topics such as responding to live briefs, freelancing, networking, self-promotion and branding.

The second year of this course also includes the opportunity to undertake independent study, based on your own interests, providing the enhanced research skills needed to progress to further study.

Foundation degrees are Level 5 qualifications equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours degree.

Course structure

Year one

  • Hair: design and construction
    Develop design and styling skills through practical workshops.
  • Make-up: research and application
    Study how make-up is used to create character and reveal personality in settings such as fashion, theatre, film and TV.
  • Portfolio building
    An introduction to portfolio working covering topics such as freelancing and small business networking.
  • Prosthetics and special effects
    Learn how to design and apply realistic and fantasy prosthetics, including casualty simulations.

Year two

  • Advanced portfolio development
    Earlier studies into digital and traditional branding and advertising are developed into a personal brand image to be utilised in the search for industry placements, employment or self-employment.
  • Professional practice and enterprise
    Respond to ‘live’ briefs and undertake work experience and industry placements.
  • Specialist pathway
    Undertake self-directed study based on individual interests and potential career options.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed via a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 30% practical exams and 70% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also delivers a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students.


Field trips

As a student on this course you're invited to go to performances and exhibitions and undertake optional UK and overseas residential trips.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Work-based learning is central to studying at UCW, and you’ll be encouraged to undertake a suitable work placement with a business or organisation in the production arts sector.


Graduates of this course are qualified to work as designers and creative practitioners in a range of production arts. You could also undertake further study with a related Honours Top-up degree to be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught in newly-equipped and recently-renovated rooms at Knightstone Campus, University Centre Weston. By enrolling on this course, you’ll also benefit from the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and extended opening hours on offer at our redeveloped Winter Gardens building, also in the centre of Weston.


Visit Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, FdA on University Centre Weston's website for fee information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of a minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of creative work and attend an interview.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact our admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

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