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BA (Hons) Hair, Make up and Prosthetics for Performance

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W452

BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance teaches the specialist skills to enter the performance industry working as a make-up / prosthetics artist as well as hair / wig dresser and maker.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates have worked on film productions, such as Harry Potter and War Horse, TV productions including Luther and The Hour and in West End and globally touring theater productions.
    • Industry standard facilities and equipment: the course has dedicated rooms for sculpting, plaster casting and moulding. Students will also have access to fiberglass, silicone, spray and extraction rooms, a wig making room and specialized ovens and make-up and prosthetics application rooms.
    • Industry links: aided by its London location, the course has strong relationships with the industry, with studios and theatres being easily accessible. Previous work experience opportunities have included The English National Opera and Pinewood Studios.

Location

This course is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush. Find out about the local area, including Holland Park and Notting Hill in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Lime Grove and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

Student and graduate work

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Students work on WARPAINT: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up exhibition

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Film by LCF graduate Julia Sanchez Merino (BA (Hons) Hair, Make-Up & Prosthetics for Performance and producer Jose Miguel Esteve

BA Hair, Make up & Prosthetics student work EmilyJane Fielding

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Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

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

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Media facilities at Lime Grove

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Course overview

Introduction 

On BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance you will learn research, design, technical and production skills. Experience is built across performance genres, giving students a broad choice of career. 

What to expect 

  • Students will be exposed to a wide range of teaching methods including lectures and seminars, demonstrations, practical workshops and design workshops. 

  • The course covers a mixture of group discussions and peer assessment alongside self-directed study.  

  • Students will benefit from exposure to the industry including briefings, masterclasses, visits to live performances and video screenings and visiting industry speakers. 

  • Creation of written work including essays, self-evaluations and dissertations. 

  • Production sketchbooks and realized 3D practical pieces created from specific briefs. 

Work experience and opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work experience placement during their second year of study. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. The proximity of the course to London’s performance industry provides strong connections and work experience opportunities. Placements for previous students have included The English National Opera, The Royal Ballet School, The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Shepperton Studios, Pinewood Studios, Leavesden Studios and Coulier Creatures.  

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.  

Course units

 

You will be required to complete 360 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6 to be awarded the BA (Hons) Hair, Make up and Prosthetics for Performance. After achieving 120 credits at level 4 you can opt to be awarded Cert HE.

 

After achieving 240 credits (to include a minimum of 120 at level 5) you can opt to be awarded Dip HE.

 

Stage 1 (Level 4)

 

The units you will study in Year 1, Stage 1, Level 4 are as follows:

 

  • Introduction to Design for Performance (20 Credits);
  • Introduction to Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics (40 Credits);
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 Credits);
  • Better Lives Unit (20 Credits);
  • Collaboration One: Design & Production (20 Credits).

 

Stage 2 (Level 5)

 

The units you will study in Year 2, Stage 2, Level 5 are as follows:

 

  • Cultural & Historical Studies Option unit (20 Credits); 
  • Core Skill: Character Design and Development (40 Credits);
  • Situating Your Practice: Industry Placement/ Project (20 Credits);
  • Collaboration Two: Interdisciplinary & Experimental (40 Credits).

 

Stage 3 (Level 6)

 

The units you will study in Year 3, Stage 3, Level 6 are as follows:

 

  • Cultural & Historical Studies Dissertation (40 Credits);
  • Innovation & Design (20 Credits);
  • Personal Performance Project (40 Credits);
  • Modelling Your Future (20 Credits).

 

 

 

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

 

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

 

  • one induction tutorial (group or one to one);
  • one tutorial per term for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;

an appropriate level of confidentiality.



 

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum, gallery and other visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Studio teaching

Assessment methods

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Blogs
     
  • Essays, reports and ​dissertation
     
  • Final show examination
     
  • Mid-year reviews
     
  • Peer assessment
     
  • Portfolio of work
     
  • Presentation
     
  • Student self-evaluation
     
  • Tutorials

Staff

The Performance courses share an excellent range of facilities across the programmes, including a wig-making and hair styling studio, prosthetics and make-up studios with live ‘camera to TV’ link, a suite of specialist rooms for casting and mould making, plaster, fibreglass, latex, silicones and other resins, a sculpting studio, and several costume-making studios with pattern cutting tables, overlockers and industrial sewing machines. Students also have access to a large VAC former, laser cutter, print and dye room, a large spray booth, and additional access on site to design studios and IT suites.

Cecilia Pritchard, course leader, is an LCF alumni, and contributes with a diverse portfolio, academically and hands-on, in hair, wigs, makeup and prosthetics in film, TV, theatre and fashion. Her work stretches from Sweden, Denmark, the UK and East Asia.  Working five years at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Cecilia has worked closely with top international opera singers and costume designers on productions such as Madam Butterfly, Magic Flute, La Boheme, Tosca, Aida, Othello, Salome and many more. For 4 years Cecilia worked as a hair and make-up lecturer at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) where she also established many international connections.

Steven Solomon graduated in 1990 and has worked across a range of industry areas. He started out specialising in body painting, air brush body art and cosmetics. Work includes promotional events for Aida, The Lion King, Velvet Goldmine. Interview with a Vampire, Reebok, Adidas and Su-do. His development work includes MAC airbrush body paint and cosmetic ranges. Fashion shows include Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Evisu, Belstaff and Mulberry. Catwalk events include the MOBO awards, Fashion Rocks, Alternative Hair Show, Pantene Beauty. Promotional/editorial experience include Levi’s, Aveda, Toni & Guy, Cyberdog, Coco de Mer. His teatre work ibcludes La Cage Au Folles, The Turn of the Screw, Michael Clark at the Barbican and World Theatre at the Millennium Dome 1999. Music promotion/video experience include MTV, Cher, George Michael, The Cure, Enya, Tricky and The Prodigy. Advertising: BMW, Evening Standard magazine, Admiral, Direct Line, Alfa-Romeo. He has taught make-up for 22 years for London College of Fashion, Face Stockholm, Jemma Kidd Make-up School, and MAC and completed a PGCE in 2000.

Jessica Curtis trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course after training as an illustrator at the University of Brighton. She has designed for film, opera, dance and theatre both here and in Scandinavia over the last 20 years. She is currently designing the Premier of Genesis inc. at Hampstead Theatre. Recent work includes Uncle Vanya (The Almeida) Villette (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre), Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal Bath), Endgame (Liverpool Everyman), Dangerous Corner (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End),Frankenstein (Frantic Assembly, Northampton), Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse/Barbican/US Tour) and RHAPSODY (Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House) One for the Road, Glass Cage, Follies (Royal and Derngate, Northampton) The Ryme of the Ancient Marina (Southbank Center/ Young Vic). She has also designed the Grosvenor Park Open Air Season 2013- 2016 and the opening season at the new cultural centre Storyhouse, as well as bar interiors for Underbelly at the South Bank and Hyde Park and Leicester Square.
She has taught and designed at Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Guildhall, Trinity College of Music, Birkbeck and RSMAD.

Lorna Campbell, alumni of the course and now a lead wig designer and creator of wig-making collective Campbell Wigs. Alongside designing and making wigs and facial for stage, screen and bespoke hair loss clients, Lorna, and her team, deliver wig making workshops to industry professionals in locations such as London, NYC, LA, Atlanta GA, and Bahrain. After graduating from The London College of Fashion, Lorna originally worked as a makeup artist and theatrical makeup lecturer at The City of Bristol College before focusing on wig design, making and educating.  Alongside regular high-profile clients, work includes Idris Elba, Peter Serafinowicz, Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds, Jon Culshaw (as Donald Trump), MTV, Warner Bros, ITV, Showtime and the BBC. Lorna's teaching methods focus on delivering the fundamental traditional wig-making techniques necessary for students to take their artistry and passion further throughout their career.

Karl J. Rouse trained as a performer at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and later moved into Performance Studies as a Fulbright Scholar (representing the UK government under Tony Blair) at The Tisch School of The Arts, New York University.  Here he studied directing under Richard Schechner and Anna Deavere Smith and performed in the ‘downtown’ experimental scene in venues such as PS122, La Mama, and St Annes Wearhouse.  Karl has represented the Performing Arts for the Fulbright Commission at The White House, Downing Street and in the House of Lords.  He was awarded a Royal Holloway, University of London, scholarship in 2003 and studied customer service and organisational loyalty with The Disney Institute in 2006.  As a producer, Karl has served as executive director of The Accidental Festival (The Roundhouse, The ICA, Battersea Arts Centre) which has included the work of Liz LeCompte, Simon McBurney, Richard Foreman, Katy Mitchel, Felix Barret and Tristan Sharps.  Karl is a fellow of The Royal Society of The Arts, and The Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre, where he focused upon the role of The Entrepreneurial Artist.  This led to presentations at The Fulbright Conference in Beijing, the European League of Arts Institutes (ELIA) in Amsterdam, and The International Entrepreneurial Educators Conference (IEEC) in Sheffield.  Karl was also the first director of performance at Capital City Academy, and an assistant principal within the Studio School Trust.  He has therefore developed new curricula in new buildings for students aged 12 to 18, and 18 and above.  For ten years he was a senior lecturer and pathway leader at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and has previously served as external examiner at The National Centre for Circus Arts.  Recently he has become a mentor for The Leadership Foundation, specifically working with BAME Academics seeking to move into senior leadership positions.  He is a mental health first-aider and has an interest in Mindfulness in Education.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Design, English, Drama and Film Studies);
  • Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Merit at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 96 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 96 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 240 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 such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and Three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that 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

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements 

Selection criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in design and the performing arts
  • The potential for creative problem solving
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career pathways in the chosen field of studies, i.e. Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W452

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

After you apply

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 Selection Criteria sections.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a mini portfolio which should include a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: drawing skills; life drawing; research skills; process; 3D; photography; and vocational skills. The mini portfolio is assessed by Academic Reviewers who will select applicants to attend an interview.  Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview.

Rich Mix Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place at the Rich Mix Arts venue in Shoreditch from February 17th to 22nd 2020. Please see here for a map of the location; nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and TFL Rail), Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Bethnal Green (Central). Local buses also serve the venue – please see the Richmix website for further details.

Should you be unable to attend your interview, you must notify us as soon as you can. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule so you should make every effort to attend the scheduled interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. 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.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University.  If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to submit a portfolio of no more than 45 images.  Your portfolio is assessed by our academic team who will select applicants to attend an interview.  Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W452

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

After you apply

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

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 Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: drawing skills; life drawing; research skills; process; 3D; photography; and vocational skills.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic will look at your portfolio and ask questions to establish your suitability for the course. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an understanding of the performing arts; a cultural awareness; visual awareness evidenced through portfolio work; a motivation for working in the performing arts industry; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a vocational focus towards hair, make-up and prosthetics

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.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. 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.


After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study, 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

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 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.

Your chosen course requires you to have individual course specific kits. We have designed starter kits to enable you to complete your technical lessons in hair and cosmetic makeup in your first year of study. These kits have been designed to be of a professional standard whilst including favourable student discounts.

These core hair and makeup kits will be the basis of your professional starter kit, key to your personal development enabling you to undertake future professional work and industry projects.

In the following years of study you will be required to add specialist products and tools of your own choice to meet your own design requirements.

Current cost of kit: £1280.00*

*Please note this cost is subject to change as the course continues to evolve and whilst we actively seek ways to reduce the costs whilst maintaining quality.

Charges may also be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

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

All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:
  • An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can 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, and recent graduates have been employed on the Harry Potter films, Slum Dog Millionaire, Jane Eyre, War Horse, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. TV productions include Just William, Luther, Hotel Trubble, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Hour, and our graduates are working at the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera and the National Theatre, as well as on a number of West End musicals. One recent graduate is working for the medical prosthetics company RSL Steeper.

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