A major production’s hair and makeup department might have 40 people working in more than 15 different roles. At Bucks, we’ll help you join a creative community and master the magic of prosthetics, wigs, media makeup and more.
We’ve linked up with industry specialists Creative Media Skills (CMS) to create this two-year accelerated course. Based mostly at Pinewood Studios, you’ll learn in their top teaching spaces just along from real film sets (in fact, Lucasfilm, creators of Star Wars, is practically next door).
- Get ready for industry in just two years with this accelerated option
- Learn from industry experts in the Creative Media Skills teaching spaces, based at Pinewood Studios
- Explore the theory behind hair and makeup with support from the Bucks teaching team, based at our High Wycombe Campus
- Understand what it takes to set up as a freelancer with our entrepreneurial skills module
- Master the skills you need for a range of hair and makeup roles – from prosthetic technician to wig supervisor.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: HAMU
Bright lights. Incredible equipment. Famous faces. Nothing compares to the buzz you’ll feel working on set. The UK is currently one of the world’s leading centres for film and TV productions. And, with employers struggling to find professionals with the right skills, there’s never been a better time to become part of this exciting industry.
The course is just two years, but you’ll learn everything you need to know, and feel ready for industry by the time you graduate. We’ll be honest, it might feel intense at times, and we’ll expect you to challenge yourself. But it will all be worth it when you’re qualified to work around the globe on major productions!
You’ll split your time between Bucks and Creative Media Skills, based at Pinewood Studios. Our teaching team will give you insight into the theory that underpins hair and makeup for film, while CMS bring in experts with years of experience to share industry know-how.
Being part of the Pinewood Studios community, you’ll have the chance to network with professionals. And there are lots of events you can take part in – from watching the latest screenings to listening to fascinating industry talks.
Styles that fit a story
The practical elements of our course are designed with industry in mind. On the course, you’ll explore pre-production and film set etiquette. We’ll help you understand the rules, roles and responsibilities of individuals in a production team, as well as explaining who you will report to and the expectations within a professional context.
It’s key you master different makeup techniques, so we’ll help you explore a range of areas such as prosthetics and special effect makeup. At the same time, you’ll experiment with a range of materials to understand what it takes to bring characters to life.
It’s not just about crafting something that looks great, it will be your job to create character designs that fit a script. We’ll teach you about various period hairstyles and show you how to recreate them. Most importantly, you’ll understand the history and theory that informs your designs.
Get ready for success
Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses, such as those on the costume design or performing arts degrees. This will give you the confidence you need to work with people in roles such as wardrobe assistants and costume designers.
In your second year, you’ll get to grips with professional practice, and we’ll help you develop essential entrepreneurial skills. As many people in this area work as freelancers, we’ll teach you everything you need to know for success, from how to set up to paying your taxes.
At this point, we’ll encourage you to gain some industry experience to boost your CV. Bucks New University and Creative Media Skills have a diverse network so you’re likely to be one of the first to hear about opportunities on offer.
What are the course entry requirements?
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Stage 1 Modules
- Historical and Contextual Studies
- Hair & Makeup Essentials
- Pre-Production & Film Set Etiquette
- Final Project - Year 1
- Advanced Hair and Make-Up 1
- FX Makeup & Prosthetics
Stage 2 Modules
- Advanced Hair and Make-Up 2
- Character Design & Making
- Professional & Entrepreneurial Skills
- Contextual Studies
- Major Project and Contextual Report
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £11,100 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks