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BA (Hons) Make-up and hair design

Solent University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
12,500 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

BA (Hons) Make-up and hair design

Do you dream of seeing your make-up and hair designs on the catwalk, in magazines or on the big screen? Take the first step to making this a reality by studying on Solent University’s highly regarded make-up and hair design degree.

Students will study the different disciplines for the variety of exciting industries from fashion, beauty, television and film, and will also have the opportunity to study units in prosthetics, hair design, wig work or beauty direction and develop a professional website leaving them well-prepared to apply for graduate positions in a range of roles.

On this highly creative course students are encouraged to develop their creativity and expand their technical and design skills in our industry-standard make-up and hair design studios, which also have a photography studio to capture their work. To support this and further increase their skills, students also have access to image editing facilities in our Mac suites, using the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.

The course places a strong emphasis on developing industry-ready graduates and students are encouraged to apply for work placements to gain hands-on experience. Previous students have had placements at Company magazine, ITV, Trendstop, Illamasqua, Topshop and the BBC.

In previous years students have also had opportunities to work collaboratively with students from other courses across the School of Art, Design and Fashion on client focused projects. Projects have included live fashion events and working on the Solent fashion brochure Anon.

Learning is aided by a programme of guest lectures and a number of high-profile guest speakers have presented to students, providing valuable industry insight into make-up application and innovation, beauty journalism and make-up for special effects. Previous experts who have given input to the course have included Illamsqua and Alex Box, who was awarded an honorary degree by Solent University. 

Students have access to our multi-million-pound media academy which houses dedicated make-up and hair design and photography studios.

What does this course lead to?

Previous graduates have found roles with Wonderland magazine, Christian Dior, Premiere Agency, Debbie Walters Agency, Mac, Bobbi Brown and Illamasqua, as well as film and TV work with the BBC.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s makeup and hair design programme is open to students from a range of academic and creative backgrounds, but applicants must supply a simple portfolio alongside their application.

Candidates should aspire to careers in beauty, fashion, editorial styling, brand development, trend forecasting or fashion marketing.

Admission requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points. 
  • UK applicants are required to send an electronic portfolio and may be required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio and may be interviewed by video call.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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Program content

Year one

Core units

  • The Fundamentals of Make-Up Design
  • The Fundamentals of Hair and Postiche
  • Make-Up in Motion
  • Digital Image Production 1
  • Digital Image Production 2
  • Contextual Studies – Historical

Year two

Core units

  • Contextual Studies – Contemporary
  • Freelance and Industry Management
  • Make-Up and Hair for TV and Film
  • Make-Up and Hair for Fashion and Beauty


  • Wig Work and Postiche
  • Performing the Body
  • Make-Up for Special Effects
  • Digital Beauty and Editorial Writing
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Professional Context
  • Major Project Research and Development
  • Major Project Production and Evaluation


  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Practice

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Scholarships & funding

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. 

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Solent University

Solent University

Solent University is all about creating opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions. We’re focused on the practical side of higher education...

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Solent University

Solent University
E Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southhampton
United Kingdom

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