Performing Arts (Technical Arts) HND
Higher Nationals are Level 4 and 5 qualifications, equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on learning by doing and focus on the skills and knowledge for a particular industry.
This course will equip you with the know-how, skills and techniques you will need to work as a make-up artist in film, theatre, fashion and television. You will have access to our professional design studios and expert tutors. If you are keen to pursue a career in the make-up industry, then this is the course for you!
As well as wig making and body painting, you will be encouraged to explore different techniques and effects in hair and make-up styling for photographic shoots. You will also develop skills in sculpting and casting to produce special make-up effects, prosthetics and character creation.
Topics in Year One include: The Performing Arts Industry; Professional Development; Production Communication; Stagecraft; Special FX; Hair and Make-up Application; Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Make-up; Period Hair and Make-up.
Then in Year Two you will study: Creative Research Project; Working in the Performing Arts Industry; Management Role; Hair and Make-up Design; Mask and Puppet Making; The Freelance Hair and Make-up Artist.
You will study this course over two years and will be assessed in a variety of ways, mainly through coursework.
You will evidence your progress through sketch books, journals, and planning throughout each module. This will inform assessment, alongside your written work and formal practical assessments and presentations.
You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your work as part of a final year exhibition/show. There are no written exams for this course.
3 GCSEs incl. English, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus 48 UCAS points from at least one of the following:
For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.
Future career and study opportunities
On completion, you may have the option to further your studies with a top-up year of a full honours degree at university. This can be dependent on a particular level 6 running and subject to an interview and terms and conditions.
Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career in roles requiring make-up artistry within retail, commercial and theatrical settings. This can include roles within stage, film and television to produce make-up, hair and prosthetics suitable for a variety of genres.