BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available for international applicants. View the How to apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Fashion, visit the Places available page.

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.

Hair and make up on model by JIHYE SIM

Jihye Sim, 2014 - view Showtime profile

A black and white image of a model with long slicked hair and glossy make-up as learnt on this hair and make up course.

Simmone Aziz, 2014 - view Showtime profile

A model in dramatic, painterly English eccentric make-up

Pace Chen, 2011 - view Showtime profile

A model wearing a red gingham shirt and trench coat with dark red lips and set hair

Oonah Anderson, 2012 - view Showtime profile

Hair and make-up by Yura Do.
Hair and make-up by Yura Do.

Yura Do, 2013 - view Showtime profile

Hair and make-up by Pin-Hua Liu

Pin-Hua Liu - view Showtime profile

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Course Leader

Anna Nwankwo

Course Location

Lime Grove

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year.

International Fee

£17,230 per year.

Autumn Term Dates26 Sep - 9 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 23 June 2017
Application Route


Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS Code9P43
University CodeU65

Content and structure

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. 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.

BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush, just west of Holland Park and Notting Hill. The area, which is rich in cultural influences from across the world, is home to Shepherd’s Bush Market and the many fabric shops lining the Goldhawk Road. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, delis and food stores, as well as the market, which reflect the many cultures of the people living there. Nearby is the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, an excellent venue for live bands, and the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest retail complexes in Europe that caters for the luxury market as well as the high street. Holland Park with its Orangery and Leighton House Museum are both worth visiting. 

Course Structure

Year One  -  Stage One  -  level 4  -  120 credits 

Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education: 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: Professional Development: Hair and Make-Up for Fashion (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: Conceptual Development (20 credits)

Term One and Term Two: Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation (40 credits)

Term Two and Term Three: Final Major Project (60 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional Costs

All courses will require you to spend money on necessary materials during the course, (stationery, and variables according to your subject) and, in some cases, equipment so that you start the course with what you need. Details of approximate additional costs for this course will be available as a download shortly. Please note that prices may change and we cannot guarantee that costs quoted will be exact.



Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.

The well equipped photographic studios, make-up rooms, visual studies studios and Mac suites at Lime Grove offer students a contemporary space where you can realise your creativity and maximise experimentation and individuality. You have the opportunity to work with students from the various disciplines that are within the fashion image programme in a creative environment.

Anna Nwankwo is the Course Leader. Critical theory and the relationship of theory to practice is at the core of her teaching. With a background in fine art photography and an MA in Image Communication from Goldsmiths College of Art, she works to engage students with image and representation.

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, Hapers 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.


Developing your skills

All 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. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.

Future Careers and Graduate Prospects

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

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.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Entry Requirements

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

‘A’ level passes at grade C or above PLUS three GCSE passes in other subjects at grade C or above


BTEC National Diploma in a related subject


NVQ level 3 in a related subject


A one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


Access course in a relevant subject

OR equivalent awards

Preferred subjects include Art, Design, Fashion, Media Studies, and Photography.

This course requires a minimum 160 UCAS tariff points.

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 any one 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 International Office 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.

Please note that the majority of interviews for Home/EU applicants will take place in the week Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February.

International applicants should contact the International Office about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

How to apply

Home EU Applicants

You can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

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.

You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

International Applicants

For advice about how to apply as an international applicant please visit the UAL International Application Advice page.

To apply, visit the Undergraduate section of LCF's Support for International Students page.

The International Recruitment Office at London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, 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. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. 

Our contact details are:

International Recruitment Office, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0BJ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 / 7940

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

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.

What Happens Next?

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.

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.

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.

Course units

This course is currently undergoing validation so some unit titles and content may change.

Year One

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Hair and Make-up for Fashion gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.

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 Studiesintroduces 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 Practicegives 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.

In the second term you will undertake the Professional Development: Hair and Make-up for Fashion unit, which begins to prepare you for entry into the industry.

The future of the creative industries in the constantly evolving digital age is being shaped by fashion entrepreneurs who can use the subject specialism, knowledge and practice of hair and make-up to build a career as practitioners across different media platforms. This is true whether you are working on placement, working on your own, working in collaboration, launching start-ups, or being an active participant in cross-media activity within traditional and new media platforms for print, screen, and the environment. In this unit you will be introduced to a skill set and strategies to assist you in building a self-promotional portfolio of your practice including CV writing and production management skills. You will be made aware of the realities of the industry and of the opportunities for your potential career progression. Emphasis will be placed on your ability to manage your own learning, and solve problems by using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of your subject discipline. You can expect to take an analytical and reflective approach to projects, which could include a period of work placement or external educational experience, simulated industry projects, live competitions, workshops or collaborative opportunities.

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 Signatureunit, 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

In the first term you will do the Concept Development unit. This builds on the work done so far and encourages you to further analyse research methodologies, and to build a formal structure of research into your practice. You will identify your existing skills and direction, and explore, select and utilise appropriate research to form a coherent base for the realisation of your Final Major Project. You will use your findings to propose a visual and text-based document for your final body of work. Through inquiry and investigation of your practice you will examine your place and/or position within contemporary culture, which will be key to planning and developing your concepts. You will be able to draw upon your industry experience and should be clear on your focus for the final year. The unit will identify your existing skills and develop them by exploring and utilising the various approaches to your practice. This will facilitate the development of your concept from inception to completion, which will support your Final Major Project.

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.

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