• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    HND Make-up Artistry

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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HND Make-up Artistry is the second year following on from HNC Make –Up Artistry.
Make-up Artistry is a hugely exciting and diverse industry to work in. Professional make-up artists, create and produce the latest make-up trends and hair styles within fashion, TV, film and theatre production. If you’ve got passion, drive, creativity, a commitment to work hard, a high level of motivation and are a good team player who enjoys working with others, then make-up artistry is for you.?

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in Make-up Artistry.
  • An HNC Make-Up Artistry with a minimum of 15 credits.
  • Hairdressing experience would be beneficial & occupationally relevant skills and experience.

To submit an application, completing all sections, including Personal Statement in full. NB we may notify you of the outcome by letter and/or invite you to attend an interview.

To show various samples of your artwork or photographic evidence of make-up. Please send this evidence for Kilwinning campus application direct to clare.mcleish@ayrshire.ac.uk, when you are submitting your course application.

What's Involved

In this second year you will complete everything you need to fully prepare you for entering word of being a MUA. This course focuses on preparing you fully for entering the exciting world of Make-up Artistry and, theatre and the creative media. It’s fun, fascinating and completely industry led. You’ll work with professional make-up companies, photographers, theatres and creative media organizations. You’ll build a high-quality e-portfolio of your creations as you go.

Here’s just some of what you may study:

  • Life Casting - sculpting, moulding and applying pieces that you will design yourself, including bullet wounds, noses and 50% facial pieces
  • Character Make-up – within this unit you will apply bald caps, specialist ageing prosthetics. Some characters you may cover will be drag queens, pantomime characters, comedy, illness and more.
  • Period Hair and Period Make-Up - 18th and 19th century hair and make - up, within this unit you will be applying wigs to suit this era as well as designing make up looks.
  • Postiche Application - setting, styling and applying wigs and applying facial hair pieces.
  • Digital marketing

You’ll also have the chance to: 

  • Take part in a work placement as well as contributing to a TV or Film production initiated by you.
  • Practically undertake assessments on both your classmates and your own models.
  • Go on commercial experiences, such as local theatre productions, fashion shows and photo shoots.   
  • Volunteer in the community.
  • Take part in competitions such as World Skills and AHT. 
  • Learn from demonstrations by industry suppliers and guest make-up artist. 

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you may progress to:

Moving onto a degree course at university, such as BDes (Hons) Special Make-up Effects for Film and TV at Bolton University

Exploring your future career options which could include:

  • Freelance Make - up Artist
  • Tv, film Make - up artist
  • Create your own hair and make-up pieces to sell
  • Theatre Make-up artist
  • Make up Influencer

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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