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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Arts)

Course Code: C5155
Campus: Castlereagh
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
25 May 19
Time: 00:00-00:00
Day of Week: Monday

This three year intensive higher education course enables you to develop awareness of the media industry, learn the technical skills required to work as a specialist hair and makeup artist and build a professional portfolio. You will have practical sessions and theory through business, education and production management. The course focuses on working in the media and live performance, including aspects of the film and television industry. You will study character theatre makeup, body painting and special effects. You will develop specialist hair and makeup skills whilst building a professional portfolio. This is a vocational study programme with an emphasis on practical learning in hair and makeup within the performing arts sector.

Course content is regularly reviewed to reflect changes in the industry. You will study units such as:
The Performing Arts Industry, Professional Development, Hair and Make up Application, Investigation of Specialism, Special Effects, Production Communication, Stagecraft, Devising Theatre and Performance, Working in the Performance Arts Industries, Mask and Puppet Making, Creative Research Project, Management Role, Working in Creative Education, Hair and Make up Design and a Performance Project.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability

Career Opportunities / Progression

Make-up artist opportunities exist in a variety of contexts, including: beauty salons, independent/ self-employed/mobile/home-based settings, theatre, film, television, print media, photographic studios; National Health Service, product manufacturing and training. Qualification to Level 5 (HND) is essential for lecturing opportunities.

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at Applicants must have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Makeup studies or equivalent and must have an attendance rate of 80% plus in previous studies. Industrial experience will also be considered as contributing towards entry. All applicants must attend a pre-entry guidance session.


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year 1 of a 3 year course.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Other Information

You will be required to buy a Belfast Met uniform, costing approximately £40.00 and kit costing approximately £175.00 (if needed). Specific details will be given at pre-entry advice and guidance sessions.

Contact Information

Claire Collins, Tel: 028 9026 5021 or email: [email protected]