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Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Stage and Screen BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:


  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 Year Full Time
    4-5 Years Part time
    4 Years Full Time (with Foundation)

  • Starting:

    September 2021

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Course subject to validation for September 2021 start – you can apply directly through UCAS.

Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Stage and Screen BA (Hons) is specifically designed to provide you with a varied practical skills-set to prepare you for a career within the make-up and special effects sector of the ever-growing creative industries. With a placement opportunity and a focus on the etiquettes of industry environments, the course has a strong employability focus. Alongside practical and employability skills, the programme provides historical and cultural academic contextualisation of hair, make-up and prosthetics across a range of stage and screen contexts.

Updated 14/04/2021


  • A range of teaching and learning deliveries from practical workshops to interactive small group seminars.
  • Opportunity to by taught by a team of both industry experts and published academic researchers.
  • Gain actual industry experience and put what you have learnt into practice via a work placement element to the course.
  • Be taught in specially designed spaces with industry standard facilities to prepare you for a career working in the make-up, hair and prosthetics sectors of the creative industries.
  • Guaranteed paid internship in accordance with the Northampton Employment Promise*

  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

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Course Content

  • Year 1

    The course is structured on a three-stage progressive model. In the first year you will learn a combination of foundational practical skills in hair and make-up for stage and screen, gain an understanding of the various professional contexts these skills can be applied in and finally be given a critical and historical introduction to the relationship of hair and make-up and identity representation on both stage and screen.

    Year 2

    In stage two you will build on the practical skills gained in stage one, including development into prosthetics and specialised make-up as well as wig design. These advanced practical skills are contextualised through an introduction to different professional contexts in an employability focused module. Finally, you will be given a critical history of prosthetics on stage and screen through the notion of identity transformation.

    Year 3

    In stage three, building on the work done over stages one and two, you will have the opportunity to focus on your preferred area and pathway via both your individual dissertation project and work placement modules. To support these endeavours, you will be trained on the etiquettes of key sectors of the stage and screen effects industries. To assist you in your creative work at this stage, you will be encouraged to consider both the reception and spectacle of hair, make-up and prosthetics on stage and screen.

  • How will I be taught?

    Teaching on the course will be delivered through small group seminars, interactive workshops, individual and small group tutorials both face-to face and online, individual supervision and independent study.

    How will I be assessed?

    The majority of the course will be assessed through practical assignments and presentations which will equate to approximately 70% of your final grade. There will also be written assessments in the form of reflective sketchbooks, critical portfolios, character and case studies and essays. Finally, there is a work based placement assessment and this, along with all other written assessments, will equate to approximately 30% of your final grade.

    Will I have access to any specialist facilities/ features?

    There will be access to:

    • Bespoke hair, make-up and prosthetic rooms that are stimulating and at the same time practical, safe and ideal for learning the craft of hair, make-up & prosthetics
    • Lecturers with both professional experience as Make-up Artists and Prosthetic Creators and academic theoretical knowledge of the sector and history of effects for stage and screen.
    • Guest lectures, workshops and employability orientated events led by industry figures who have worked on a number of high profile projects within the industry.
  • A typical offer would be in the region of BBC at A-Level or DDM at BTEC.

    We welcome applications from a range of non-traditional education or professional qualifications.


    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.



    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Course subject to validation – for September 2021 start 

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

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Careers and Employability

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be equipped with both practical skills and theoretical contextual knowledge of the Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics Creative Industries to work as (but not limited to):

  • Make-up artists and assistants
  • Specialist hair stylists
  • Wig designers
  • Prosthetics artists.

Is this course for you?