Leeds City College
Creative Hair and Media Makeup (Film & TV and Prosthetics) FD
Leeds City College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Excel behind the scenes with our Creative Hair and Media Makeup (Film & TV and Prosthetics) Foundation Degree. This creative course, delivered in our bespoke makeup facilities within a working television studio, develops the specialist skills demanded by the competitive screen and performance industries while our strong industry links and emphasis on practical learning, prepare you for a successful career as a makeup artist working in film and television. Our recent graduates have gained work on productions such as Prime Suspect, Maleficent 2, Cruella, Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack, and other CBeebies and BBC productions.

Our programme blends academic study and practical skills development with industry insight to provide a comprehensive understanding of the screen industries. We encourage professional development, so as you study, you’ll gain industry experience. Throughout the programme you will experience demonstrations, practical skills development, lectures, sketchbook/research workshops, discussions and presentations, while building your professional portfolio.

As you study, you’ll learn specialist skills from our experienced lecturers such as special effects makeup, prosthetics makeup, hair cutting skills for continuity and wig/facial hair piece knotting. You’ll have opportunities to showcase your work at events and work backstage on productions and shoots, helping you to polish your professional portfolio and enhance your CV. We regularly invite industry experts, previous guest speakers have included Kate Benton (Last Kingdom, Hugo, Love Actually), Stuart Bray (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) and Laura Lawrence (Peaky Blinders) to deliver talks or to run makeup masterclasses.

You will train in our bespoke settings at Prime Studios, located next to ITV studios and in our recently built facilities in Quarry Hill Campus in Leeds Cultural Quarter, neighbouring The Playhouse Theatre. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience with local companies such as Leeds Grand Theatre and Carriageworks Theatre on local film and tv productions and at events such as the IMATS and United Makeup Artists Expo.

Our department is part of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus initiative which works to forge closer links between TV and Film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and students. Through this initiative the department has access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses and special events, including visits to live sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and reviews of project pitches. The scheme is encouraged and supported by the broadcasters based in the region, including Channel 4, the BBC and ITV.

We are also members of Film Buddy UK who offer bespoke employability services to encourage, inspire and assist students directly into work experience placements and employment within the Film, Television & Creative Media Industries. UCL Creative Arts students have free membership with the company whilst on programme and have access to live Q and A’s with some of the world's leading specialists, mentoring support, access to work experience opportunities and FB-1, an online catalogue of interviews and podcasts with specialists from the screen industries.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Creative Hair and Media Makeup (Film & TV and Prosthetics), FD you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

All assessments reflect current industry expectations and practices and will include: Practical applications Portfolio work Vlogs Showcase exhibition Pitch presentations Research folders Reflective logs

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Qualification requirements

One of which to be in a relevant subject.

A typical offer would be based on students achieving their Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, 24 of which are to be at Merit in a relevant subject.

In a relevant subject.

In a relevant subject.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma with a Pass grade in a relevant subject IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component. International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. *21 years and over at the start of the course RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Creative Hair and Media Makeup (Film & TV and Prosthetics), FD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Creative Hair and Media Makeup (Film & TV and Prosthetics) FD

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.

To support you with practical aspects of course, you will need a professional makeup and hair kit which uses the highest quality and professional standard products from industry reputable brands.

To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible, for industry recognised professional branded quality products that will set you up in your future career, your kit will be ordered through the College.

As we recognise this is a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for you to be able to apply for this cost to be added to your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, which would mean that your loan would be for £9250 for Year 1 of the programme. The tuition fee for Year 2 will be £7950. If taking this option please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the college.

Optional expenses may include:
£10 professional photoshoots at the end of practical assessments
Any additional resources individual to own projects
Approximately £30 Prosthetics Event Trip
£20 Hoodie
Trips or excursions including work experience opportunities

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Leeds City College

Leeds City College is the largest provider of further education courses in the English city of Leeds, where roughly 25,000 students work towards A-level, BTEC and vocational qualifications. The college delivers their programmes from three campus sites: Printworks, Park Lane, and Quarry Hill, with each location providing specialist facilities and a vibrant and internationally diverse learning environment.

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Where is this programme taught

Quarry Hill Campus
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