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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Performing Arts (General) (Make-up and Hair for Stage, TV, Film and Fashion) (Conversion HNC to HND)

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This course 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 5 qualification (Title: Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Arts). Experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have extensive industry and teaching profiles deliver this full time course.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Kingston College continues to welcome applications 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.


Introductory course information

Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (Technical Arts) RQF Make-up and Hair 

UCAS Code: KC14

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 2020 until July 2021 

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  

Part Time: There is no part time course.  

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 5, 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. 

Course leader: Jennifer Cadwallader  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 826 82630 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least 32 UCAS points from one A-Level, a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent qualification.

For entry to the HND candidates will need at least a pass at HNC Performing Arts with a compatible unit structure, and satisfactory reference.

An interview for new students where you will need to prove some experience in design, hair and make-up, production arts, or equivalent. A satisfactory reference.

Submission of a portfolio of work is required of artwork or makeup work.

Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.


Additional requirements

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

All Kingston College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in each of the 4 papers.

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.

Course Overview

This course 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 5 qualification (Title: Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Arts)). Experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have extensive industry and teaching profiles deliver this full time course.

Module/Unit Information

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 HND will require the accumulation of 120 credits from the modules studied. Modules studied include:

  • Special FX 2 - In this module you will develop your total skills look and design ideas for special effects.  It is critical that artists understand the creative responsibilities of the Prosthetics Artist and new developments in technology and product use e.g. CGI, that you will be able to understand anatomy and physiology in relation to prosthetic design and develop those all important technical skills to industry standards.
  • Creative Research Project - within this unit you will research in to a creative subject giving you in-depth knowledge of a specific set topic.
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry - you will be building a web site and exploring different aspects of social media and the importance of marketing yourself as a hair and makeup artist.
  • Management Role - you will explore how to set up and manage a successful creative business, to ensure you are ready to take those critical steps into industry?  In this unit you will be actively seeking work experience within the creative industry.
  • Advanced Photography Studies - as part of your total skills look you will enjoy taking and digitally manipulating photographs of your design work.
  • Work Experience - you will be supported to find and undertake significant work experience, to build your contact links and experience.
  • Hair and Make-up Design - develop your wig and postiche making skills to produce a final hand knotted wig.

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.


Independent learning

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.


Overall workload

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.


Academic support

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


Teaching staff

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

Fees: For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £5450
  • 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:


  • 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 – approximate
      • 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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There are a wide range of job roles within the industry ranging from a face painter, wig designer to special effects artist

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