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Level 4+

BA (Hons) Makeup & Hair for Theatre & Media


Course code: W452
This course has been devised in response to industry and student-led demand for practical training in makeup and hairdressing techniques for theatre, film, TV, fashion, festival, carnival and entertainment arenas. It carefully balances academic study with skill and craft development, as well as production/event experience and industry placements.

Based within our theatre department, this specialist course shares close links with our photography, music and fashion departments, creating unique opportunities for students to practise their arts in live creative contexts. These are extended through involvement with the rich cultural environment provided by Brighton, the surrounding region and London.

Students have gained work experience on a variety of high profile theatre, film and TV sets, including BBC and major West End productions.

Key features
  • All tutors are industry specialists
  • Campus facilities include a working theatre and photographic studios
  • Students gain work experience on high profile films, TV series and West End shows
  • Graduates are now working on major films, TV series, adverts, West End shows and magazine shoots
You can also view our student work on Instagram:
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.


Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
  • a relevant A-Level
  • or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course.
Please bring a portfolio of work or samples, as appropriate, that best demonstrates your abilities. This should include a range of 2D sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, design artwork. 3D models, sculptures etc. (or good quality photographs of 3D work). Please also include examples of any hair and make-up work undertaken.


If you want to find out more about what Northbrook College has to offer why not join us at our next open day.
Visit our one of our specialist campuses to see our industry-standard facilities and meet our expert tutors.