BA (Hons) TV & Film: Hair, Make-Up and Special Effects

The BA (Hons) TV and Film: Hair, Make-Up and Special Effects course at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw, is a full time 3 year course, awarded by the University of South Wales. As students of both Coleg Y Cymoedd and the University of South Wales students have access to all facilities on offer.

BA(Hons)TV and Film: Hair, Make-Up and Special Effects (1 Year Top Up) is available for applicants who have already completed a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma to level 5 in a relevant subject to go on and complete the one year Top up at level 6.

What Will I Learn?

This three year degree course introduces students to media make-up, hair and special effects for production. The course offers an insight into the Television and Film industries covering a wide range of skills for success working in these fields. There are work placement opportunities for the students and industry visits across a broad range of production companies. These opportunities are often available due the increasing industry links associated with this course.

The aim of this course is for students to develop a wide range of skills in Hair, Media Make-Up and Special Effects supported by the extensive facilities made available to them. The skills acquired over the three years of study, together with the possible work placements will equip students with the necessary expertise to enter into a career in the production arts. - Make-Up application for television and film - Hair lace wig dressing and application - Wig making - Special Effects and the use of prosthetics - Period hair Styling - Casting and Moulding techniques - Airbrushing techniques - Industry links - Live projects/Collaborative working - Subject specialist guest speakers from industry

Entry Requirements

• UCAS Tariff - 80 - 104 points • A level - CDD – BCC grade profiles • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) - MMP - DMM grade profiles • Access to HE Diploma • GCSE/National 4/National 5


You will be assessed through completion of assignment based coursework and practical work.

Career Progression

This degree course has developed a reputation of expertise within the industry. The subject specialist lecturers have already amassed years of industry experience which has been essential to deliver the skills required by industry to help secure employment. At the end of this three year course students are in a position to gain entry into the film and TV industry at trainee level. This is reinforced by the testimonials below from just some of our graduates. “The course prepares you with practical skills, product knowledge, understanding of different periods, networking, and work experience opportunities. The three-year period allowed time to properly learn and improve upon skills and knowledge. The flexibility of the course allowed placements and work experience days to take place throughout the three years which meant that upon graduating I was already an employed member of a team within the hair and makeup department. Since graduating I have worked on, Their Finest, Show Dogs, Keeping Faith, Doctor Who S11 + S12, The Tuckers, Jamie Johnson, The Crown, The One, His Dark Materials, War of The Worlds 2, Extinction”. Hannah Lewis-Jones

Further Notes

This practical course will require investment in the purchase of four kits to cover the range of skills delivered. These kit lists will be made available to successful applicants.
An additional studio fee is also required of £100
Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied. No applications from overseas non-EU students

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Course Details
Level:Level 6
Mode:Full Time
Start Date:16/09/2024
Course Code:9AF612NB
HE Tuition Fee Year 1: £9000
Studio Fee: £100

Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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