HNC Production Arts: Make-up and Hair for Stage, TV, Film & Fashion (Part time)

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This part-time evening course runs over two years and will give you the knowledge, practical experience and confidence to pursue a career in the make-up industry as a professional make-up artist for theatre, fashion, video and television. It is aimed at dedicated learners who want to move into the creative industries or further training, and are looking for practical training and a nationally-recognised Level 4 qualification. The course is delivered by experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have extensive industry and teaching profiles.

Course Content

Skills covered are tailored to industry requirements. The course is practically driven but it also demands academic ability to build a solid grounding in production theory, industry knowledge, and business skills. Successful completion of the HNC will require the accumulation of 120 credits from the modules studied. Modules studied in year 1 include:

  • Production Skills in Performance – You will develop a wide understanding of the way all the production roles in the creative industries all work together with the Make-up Artist to produce high quality creative work.
  • Period Hair and Make-up – In this unit you will widen your knowledge of materials and techniques and their use in television, film and theatre productions.
  • Current trends in Hair and Make-up – In a creative and inspirational environment you will experiment with a variety of skills to promote a finished image suitable for photographic, promotional, editorial and catwalk.
  • Creative Arts Professional Practice – Industry knowledge will underpin practical skills. Participants will develop a well-presented CV and be supported to develop an industry-level profile as a creative artist. Knowledge about agencies, unions, relevant legal and statutory frameworks, current and historic company structures, and funding, will form the basis of ensuring industry readiness.

Modules studied in year 2 include:

  • TV and Film Hair and Make-up – You will explore specialised techniques for use in film and TV work. You will be able to explore your work in our high spec TV studio.
  • Design Exploration for Make-up in Performing Arts – Skills in Hair/Wigs, Facial Postiche, SPFX and Prosthetics will be developed as you work with production teams on live performances in our industry standard theatre.
  • Creative Arts Research – Relevant research skills will be developed in a supportive and creative environment
  • Costume Design Concepts – Costume design will enable you to develop your wider design skills and gain a solid understanding of how design disciplines work interdependently.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least 32 UCAS points from one A-Level, a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent qualification. An interview where you will need to prove some experience in design, hair and make-up, production arts, or equivalent. A satisfactory reference. Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

International Entry Requirements

High School Leaving Certificate. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English Language Certificate. An interview where you will need to prove some experience in design, hair and make-up, production arts, or equivalent. A satisfactory reference.

Duration and Delivery

Two years, part-time. Classes will be in the evenings with specialist / optional workshops during the day . A requirement to work on live performances may require full days and late evenings at points throughout the year. Next course start date: January 2017.


Successful graduates can progress onto University (1st or 2nd year). The course also prepares graduates for industry auditions and employment.

Additional information

Tuition Fees 2017-18: Home/EU students - £3235/ International Students - £9000 plus awarding body fees and consumables. 

Fees quoted are per year of study. This fee will include a starter brushes kit. Specialist products will be available at discount rates to students. HNC kit costs around £390. During the course there will be an opportunity for a supplementary workshop with Neil Gorton subsidised by the College - cost approximately £60-£100.

For general enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further course information, please email Catherine Howett

This course will be delivered at the Kingston Hall Road Centre, Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston on Thames, KT1 2AQ.


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