Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Kingston College continues to welcome applications for the 2020-21 academic year via UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews will be conducted online via Skype (free to download), and applicants are encouraged to set up Skype accounts in preparation for this.
- For tips on submitting your portfolio digitally, see our Portfolio Pointers page.
- For advice on online interviews, check out our Online Interview Tips page.
September 2020 delivery
It is anticipated that delivery for this course in September will be through a blended approach consisting of some face to face delivery and some online delivery. Following the lead of industry practice, lecturers will facilitate students in creating performance and artwork in a range of live and digital performance platforms. As professionals adjust their own practice, taking on board external factors; our practitioners teaching on our BA programmes will guide students to be creatively responsive. We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Pearson guidelines. Our class sizes are typically small which is beneficial in adhering to social distancing measures and keeping our students and staff safe. We aim to move to full face-to-face delivery as soon as Government guidelines allow us to do so safely.
Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Performing Arts (Technical Arts) Make-up and Hair
UCAS Code: KC13
Location of study: Kingston College (Kingston Hall Road and CIC – Creative Industries Centre)
Awarding body: Pearson.
Course duration: 1 year (full-time)
Academic year dates: September 2019 until July 2020
Days of the week: You will be expected to attend a 3 or 4 day week Mon- Friday there may be some Saturdays involved and also evenings due to work experience
Work placements: Many of our students come from a range of companies with whom the College has well-established links. Suitable for both apprentices and general students, this course provides development to Level 4, which many companies require for their apprenticeship schemes and general staff training. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from work and the College, and for any accommodation costs
Students may also wish to make their own connections within the industry to gain work experience .
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
Submission of a portfolio of work is required of artwork or makeup work
Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by talking through their portfolio/auditioning.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience
If you do not have the required qualifications, it may be possible to gain entry to the course. For example, those with relevant performance experience may also be considered for accreditation of prior learning.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information, please visit our Credit Transfer page [link]. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry Requirements
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Students will study the following Level units:
- Stage Craft unit 22 (specialist unit , 15 credits) - Stagecraft is the team working of the backstage crew in a production. This unit has been designed to introduce the learners to the principles and practicalities of backstage team work during a live production. Learners will undertake a role in one department, developing and evidencing a full understanding of what that role requires.
- Hair and makeup application for film and TV unit 28 (Mandatory unit , 15 credits) – You will explore specialised techniques for use in film and TV work. You will be able to explore your work in our high spec HD TV studio.
- Special Effects unit 25 (Mandatory unit 15 credits) – Skills in Facial Postiche, SPFX and Prosthetics will be developed as you work with production teams on live performances in our industry standard theatre. Including: head casts, sculpting wounds, working with resin cores, silicone, clay, life casting in silicone.
- Period Hair and Make-up unit 31 (Mandatory unit 15 credits) – In this unit you will widen your knowledge of hair and makeup styles that are relevant to the era, you will use materials and techniques that are used in television, film and theatre productions.
- Fashion Editorial unit 30 (Mandatory unit 15 credits) – 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.
- Lighting for Photography unit 10 (15 Mandatory credits) - Lighting is a key factor in creating a successful photographic image, and determines the brightness tone, mood and atmosphere of a picture. Therefore, it is necessary to control and manipulate light correctly in order to get the best texture, vibrancy of colour and luminosity on your creations..
- Professional development unit 2 core unit (mandatory 15 credits) - 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 designer. Knowledge about agencies, unions, relevant legal and statutory frameworks and funding will enable you to progress to self-employment/employment fully equipped with the skills needed to make a success of your enterprise.
- Performing arts industry unit 1 (core unit 15 credits) - You will have a clear understanding of how the performing arts industry works and the steps that are required to access employment opportunities. Students will also have developed their understanding of health and wellbeing within the performing arts environment.
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;
All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Summary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This is for the KIS information- this section will be completed in September when further training on the underlying calculations will be available. Please do not complete this now, a spreadsheet will be circulated nearer the time with the required format. A detailed version will still be required for all programme specifications. The detailed version includes tutorial time/timetabled and compulsory trips etc.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Link
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Course Costs and Financial Support
- UK/EU students: Full-time £5625
- Overseas/International students: Full-time £TBC
Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
- BTEC registration fee
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- HNC/D Kits (to be purchased as appropriate to your situation as some students may already have appropriate kits / brushes etc.) Bursary’s may be available to some learners to aid the purchasing of kits. (please ask a member of staff for kit list and order form)
- Brushes – approximately £30
- Hair Kit – approximately £80
- Make-up Kit – approximately £300
- Special Effects – approximately £200
- HND Kit costs – there are two kits offered to students at reduced rates:-
- Special Effects Kit – approximately £250
- Optional Air Brush Kit £250
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
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