• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS code9P43

BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion

Learn the professional skills to become an innovative and in-demand hair and make-up artist in the creative world of fashion image-making on this hair and make-up course.

About this course

The BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and prepares you for a career as a practitioner in fashion hair and make-up design where increasingly you need to be versatile and flexible to respond to the convergence of fashion with time-based media and new technologies and platforms. You will learn about this sector of the fashion industry and the position of the make-up artist and hair designer within it.

Bridie Tyler
Bridie Tyler

Bridie Tyler, 2016.

Natasha Smith
Hair and make-up by Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith, 2016.

Make-up work by Katrina Grey
Katrina Grey

Katrina Grey, 2016.

Matti White make-up and hair
Matti White

Matti White, 2016.

Fashion Spaces - a showcase of undergraduate work from the fashion media courses at LCF, took place at House of Vans in London in early 2017.

Model with hair and make up by Mee Kee Song
Model with hair and make up by Mee Kee Song

Mee Kee Song, 2016.

Hair and make-up by Pin-Hua Liu

Phoebe Walter, 2016.

Facilities

  • LCF Library

    Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

  • Media facilities at Lime Grove

    Take a tour of Lime Grove's media facilities from photographic studios to darkrooms.

  • LCF's social spaces

    Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course detail

This course is subject to revalidation. Revalidation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

All the fashion media and communication courses are based in Lime Grove, which means that every student can benefit from the skills of students on complementary courses. The importance of teamwork will be explored through collaborative projects that you will undertake, and you also work independently to develop your skills and personal style in preparation for the industry. You will acquire the practical skills of make-up and hair design, together with broader academic studies which give you a contemporary and historical understanding of your creative discipline within the wider perspectives of fashion, society and the environment. This will integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of your learning. You will also learn research skills, both visual and academic, which will underpin your creative practice and develop your analytical skills and critical awareness, in readiness for the two major assignments that you will undertake in your final year. Contact with the industry throughout the course increases your opportunities for employment after graduation, as does the opportunity to attend workshops to hone your skills in preparing for employment.

Course structure

Year one  -  stage one  -  level 4  -  120 credits 

Term one: Introduction to Hair and Make Up for Fashion (20 credits); Design, Technique and Process (20 credits)

Term two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Design Technique Practice (20 credits)

Term three: Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads (40 credits)

 

Year two  -  stage two  -  level 5  -  120 credits

Term one: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Mediating Fashion Image (20 credits)

Term two: Situating Your Practice: Performance Placement/Situating Your Practice: International Study Performance/Situating Your Practice: Independent Performance Proposal (40 credits)

Term three: Research Methods for Hair and Make-up for Fashion (20 credits); Style and Signature (20 credits)

 

Year three  -  stage three  -  level 6  -  120 credits

Term one: Collaborative Experimental Practice (20 credits)

Term one and term two: Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation (40 credits)

Term two and term three: Final Major Project (60 credits)

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.

Course units

Year one

In the first term, you will study two units.

Introduction to Hair and Make Up for Fashion introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection, and your own self-development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Design Technique Process unit introduces you to the various professional processes of fashion hair and make-up required within industry. Specific emphasis will be placed on technical applications that underpin how fashion hair and make-up operates as a design process. You will have the opportunity to develop materials, products and technical skills in creating final outcomes that show both investigation and innovation. You will be encouraged to use visual research strategies, which will inform and enrich your design solutions and give you a broader understanding of the creative environment.

In the second term you will study two units.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Design Technique Practice gives you the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills in fashion hair and make-up. You will learn more skills and show how you can integrate these into your creative and technical practice. Visual research will inform your exploration and experimentation with materials, products and techniques, and you will take your work through the design process from concept to final outcome.

In the third term you will do the Collaborative Practice: Fashion Spreads unit, which introduces you to professional collaborative practice through working in a project team on an assignment that reflects professional practice in the industry. Through working with photographers and stylists you will become aware of all aspects of fashion image production. Research and experimentation will lead to conceptual and creative outcomes for a selected site, location and audience. You will learn the key skills of team working and time management which are fundamental to working in the fashion industry.

Year two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.

Also studied in the first term, the Mediating Fashion Image unit gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your creative and technical skills within the production of fashion image-making, and to engage with multi-platform formats. You will begin to position yourself within the industry, and your hairstyling and make-up work with be underpinned by research. You will define both the concept and art direction in response to the project brief, thereby enhancing your visual and analytical skills, and your final design solution will reflect your research and experimentation.

Second term options:

Situating Your Practice: Performance Placement aims to develop your professional skills within an industry environment. On your placement you will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations within the industry. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours.

Situating Your Practice: International Study Performance provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning.

Please note: we are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.

Situating Your Practice: Independent Performance Proposal aims to develop your professional skills as an independent initiator of performance, relevant to your subject discipline. Many contemporary performances are inspired by lost stories, artefacts, paintings or specific spaces reinvented to uncover a narrative appealing to a contemporary audience. Engaging with work from a major cultural institution, you will create a response and propose a live or recorded performance for a contemporary audience.

In the third term you will do two units.

In the third term you do the Research Methods for Hair and Make-up for Fashion unit. The purpose of this unit is to give you research tools to support both your third year dissertation and your final major project. For the first you will learn about two key stages in the production of the dissertation, the literature review and research, and their relationship to each other. You will consider their role within Cultural and Historical Studies, and the way they relate to each other. You will also consider the relationship between primary and secondary sources, ways of developing and originating research, and ways of realising the research appropriate to Cultural and Historical Studies. For the second you will investigate the methods of research appropriate to you as a visual practitioner. You will demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of your field of study. Your inquiry will include the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge of research methods to enable you to devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems. You will engage with ideas, techniques, and practice to describe and visually comment upon particular aspects of current research appropriate to hair and make-up for fashion.

Also in the third term you will do the Style and Signature unit, which will introduce you to developing your personal style for your subject specialism. You will be introduced to key practitioners in the field who have shaped and employed their personal style and aligned it to their practice in their own unique way. The importance of the way in which unique and authentic visions are developed will be emphasised. Consideration of the themes visible in key areas of your practice for future experimentation will assist you in your preparation for industry. Introspection will be an important feature of this unit to offer you space to review your work and make decisions on how you progress in preparation for your professional practice. By focussing on recurrent themes in your work and considering how and where you position, align, and communicate meaning to your viewer will be advantageous to you prior to your final year of study. You will begin to initiate and identify an individual approach to your work.

Year three

Collaboration and experimentation are essential aspects of the creative process especially with regards to the fashion image industry. The Collaborative Experimental Practice unit will offer you an opportunity to explore and expand the parameters of your work by engaging in collaborations that facilitate experimentation, creative thinking, practical testing and reflective problem solving. Creative outcomes and focused experimentation derived from this unit could inform the process that you explore and expand upon in your Final Major Project next term.

In the first and second terms you will undertake a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. This allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory, and how you can apply these theoretical perspectives in a specific study, which you will have already identified in the third term of the second year. Building on the research undertaken in the previous academic year, you will undertake primary and secondary research that examines in depth cultural issues relating to a particular aspect of fashion, lifestyle, the body, performance or the media, and to produce a written piece of work that reflects the critical debates around your chosen topic.

The Final Major Project, undertaken in the second and third terms, gives you the opportunity to produce an extended body of practical work at an advanced conceptual, technical and aesthetic level. This will be a development from the range of cultural and practical work that you have undertaken so far on the course. The outcome will be directed towards a specific and clearly identified audience. This final project will allow you to position yourself conceptually, technically, aesthetically, and professionally in readiness for entry into the industry.

Staff

Melissa Moore is acting Course Leader. She was also a lecturer on the BA Hair and Make Up for Fashion. Encouraging a reflective creative practice is an aim of her teaching. Melissa is a London based artist with a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art. Her work is primarily photographic but has included interdisciplinary elements, such as performance, film and illustration, and is exhibited and published internationally. She works to encourage students to find inspiration for their fashion practice from a broad range of possibilities and sees fashion as an interesting crossover point between individuals and culture.

Itai Doron is the Programme Director for Fashion Media courses. He is an established photographer with particular interests in fashion, portraiture, social documentary, body politics, identity and queer theory. Working as a lens-based artist since graduation from Goldsmiths College of Art, Itai has twice received the UAL research project award to develop a body of work on immigration, combining social documentary with notions of fashion. Itai has a proven track record of public dissemination of visual and written work through exhibitions, publications, and academic research and was invited to deliver talks and lectures about his research at various international academic conferences. He has exhibited at the White Cube gallery in London, and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. He has authored a selection of photography books, including End Of Real in 2005, Yassin in 2009, Chokras’ Mahal (Boys' Palace) in 2011, and Fifteen Minutes With You in 2012.

Dele Olo is a lecturer on the course and a make-up artist who has a long-spanning career and has worked extensively at the highest level within the industry. Her work has taken her around the world, and within her practice, she works with editorials, campaigns, and celebrities. She has collaborated with photographers including David Bailey and Bettina Rheims, and her work has featured in ID, Wallpaper, Vogue, Numéro, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Purple Fashion, Acne Paper and Wonderland, amongst others. Dele is passionate about developing students as fashion creatives, where conceptual thinking is at the heart of the practice, and the practice becomes an artform.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Applications are now open for 2018/19 entry.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: 9P43

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

Please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. 

International applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Applications are now open for 2018/19 entry.

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: 9P43

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. 

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level Passes at Grade C or Above Preferred subjects include Art, Design, Fashion, Media Studies, and Photography or BTEC National Diploma in a related subject;
  • or Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • or Merit Pass Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (Preferred subjects) Art & Design;
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • or Access Diploma or ’64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • or 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.                           

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • An interest in make-up design
  • An enthusiasm for visual communication

Portfolio and interview advice

For this course, you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the Admissions Office at lcf.international@arts.ac.uk to find out about the portfolio application process.

For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: technical ability; understanding of balance, proportion, and composition; understanding of visual communication principles; exploration and creativity; and technical knowledge.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an interest in hair and make-up for fashion; a cultural awareness of fashion and fashion media; visual awareness evidenced through portfolio work; a motivation for working in the industry; and a motivation to succeed on the course.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and What we look for sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

Interview week

Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Showing your work

All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use the enquiry form above.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 TBC

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Developing your skills

All of our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent graduates from the Foundation Degree in Hair and Make-up for Fashion that preceded this course are working as freelancers in hair and make-up design and for a number of companies in the fashion image industry, including MAC Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Robyn Fitzsimons, Student

The best bit about the course is the fact that this isn't just a hair and make-up for fashion course, it is so incredibly diverse - everyone has a chance to explore pathways within. Almost as if we are art directors, publishers, photographers or casting directors.

Robyn Fitzsimons, Student