Artistic Makeup and Special Effects

This is a two year university level programme that provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure a career in artistic makeup within the fashion/media and prosthetics industry.

Course details

This degree is designed to give you experience and skills to contribute to the economic and cultural development of your chosen profession, whilst enhancing your career prospects with a range of skills for your future employability.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

For example, fibreglass mould making, polyurethane, silicone and foam latex materials. Additionally, we will host industry guest speakers from fashion (Illamasqua), theatre and television to give you insight into the world of artistic makeup. Opportunities for various work experience on the course develops confidence and essential employability skills. The opportunity to top-up to a third-year BA (Hons) Degree is also offered at the College.


Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 National Diploma qualification in a related subject or Art and Design Foundation Studies. You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at 4(C) or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level, and who can evidence relevant experience. Due to the nature of this programme, you may be invited to attend a portfolio interview or email a portfolio with a telephone interview.


As a graduate from this programme, you will be eligible to formally progress directly onto the 3rd year of the De Montfort University BA (Hons) in Creative Industries. You can also apply to other universities that run related ‘top up’ degrees. Universities may require you to also hold GCSE English and maths at 4. Previous graduates from this course have been extremely successful within make-up retail and as freelance make-up artists across a broad range of fields including fashion/editorial, theatre, film/television and prosthetics.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Year 1

    Year one modules include the human body, which explores the visual effects of ageing, death and decay. Visual communication includes life drawing, ceramic/sculpting and basic photography. Postiche to include wig making and hair additions. Fashion/editorial hair and makeup techniques cover a variety of genres and periods of history. Specialist make-up includes body painting, bald caps, casualty techniques, theatre and television make up. Historical and contextual understanding looks at the psychology of display.


Year 2

Year two modules include advanced prosthetics which develops mould making techniques, including fibreglass, polyurethane, silicone and foam latex materials. Digital media for makeup industries which includes blogging and online portfolio, historical and cultural hairstyling for film and fashion, contemporary contexts and visual media to explore character development within a theoretical context. Freelance practitioner which investigates employability and freelance business skills. Negotiated study for students to focus on a chosen specialist area which is showcased at the end of the year event.
Additional resource costs for individual projects will be charged at cost.