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MA Wigs, Hair and Make-up for Fashion and the Arts

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022
Do you have a passion for wigs, hair and make-up? Do you want to kick-start your career in this fast-paced industry? If yes, then this could be the course for you.
Become part of the team working behind the scenes to bring stories and designs to audiences around the world. Your role in wigs, hair and makeup will help bring to life the vision of entertainment. Split between our High Wycombe campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood Studios, with this Postgraduate course you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application Guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Push the boundaries of hair and make-up design, using existing skills such as period hairdressing, fashion, SFX and film make-up, we will support and teach you how to extend your knowledge to create Avant Garde designs with a strong emphasis on design.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with traditional, new and innovative materials, exploring wig making, hair and make-up techniques as an art form. You’ll also explore sustainable and recyclable options to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry.

Everything you learn on this postgraduate course will be able to be applied to real-working life in the industry. Making you an employable graduate on completion of the course.

This course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in hair and make-up or relevant experience working in Film/Television/Fashion Hair and Make-up Industries.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, means Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.

If you choose to study MA Wigs, Hair and Make-up for Fashion and the Arts, you'll have plenty of great opportunities to help you excel in your future career. At BNU we offer small classes across the board, meaning you gain a close-knit community and plenty of one-on-one contact and support with your tutor.

Throughout your time studying with us, you’ll be supported by our industry-experienced lecturers and tutors, who will be able to give you an insight into working-life. You’ll also have the chance to take part in a range of workshops delivered by sector guest speakers and industry-visits.

Split between our High Wycombe campus and BNU base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub.

And with London on our doorstep, you’ll be near the world’s best cultural centres, such as theatres, museums and galleries, where you can find a range of inspiration.

What facilities can I use?

On this course you’ll have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities to help build your creative portfolio. Get hands on in our Hair and Make-up department at our High Wycombe campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood.

You may also find yourself collaborating with students across a range of courses, such as Costume Design and Making and Film and TV Production. With these students you will be able to bring your ideas to life at our Red Shed and our TV and film studios.

As well as this you’ll also have access to our photography studios, where our specialist technicians can help you capture your creations and designs.

What will I study?

During your time studying this course you’ll cover a range of topics in detail, so that upon graduation your skills and knowledge are well-rounded, and you’re ready to step into the industry.

We will delve into the art of wig making, looking at traditional lace front wigs, wefts and cage work. You’ll learn how to work with a range of materials such as human hair, mohair, synthetic hair, recyclable materials and thermo plastics. You’ll also explore texture/body paint and art to create exciting hair and make-up creations which can be used across various media platforms.

You’ll learn specialist skills which are sought after in today’s ever-growing industry.

You will also benefit from our industry links and have days where you visit exhibitions and industry tradeshows. As well as the chance to take part in workshops, guest speaker event and networking opportunities.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is delivered with a strong emphasis on design and innovation, utilising traditional methods and modern techniques.

You’ll be taught on this course through practical demonstrations and workshop sessions, supported by professional lecturers and technicians. This will be accompanied by independent learning and practice.

Assessments will usually involve the completion of a practical assignment accompanied by a development portfolio and evaluative essay. Theoretical elements of the course will usually be completed through a research project/essay.

You’ll also gain a feel for what working in a fast-paced studio environment is like through our BNU Pinewood teaching base.

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Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

MA Wigs, Hair and Make-up for Fashion and the Arts Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who wish to apply should have one of the following qualifications or skills: A BA Hons degree in Hair and Make-up (minimum 2:2 and above) A level 5 qualification such as a HND in a relevant discipline (Merit or higher) with a minimum 2 years’ experience working in industry. Minimum of 5 years industry experience in theatre, fashion, film, television.

Applicants should have good knowledge of wig and hair dressing, and makeup techniques. Applications are welcome from those who may not possess formal entry qualifications, mature students, or with qualifications different to those listed but who possess industry experience. For applicants who show potential at interview, but who may not meet all the requirements for entry, will be required to undertake a short summer bridging course to improve technical knowledge; as well as an academic writing exercise to develop research skills.

Applicants will need to complete an interview and/or demonstrate portfolio work, further guidance is given on the interview and portfolio advice section.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules


Wig making: Technical skills and construction

Avant-Garde Hair and Make-up Design

Professional Practice

Final Major Project

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£13,500 per year

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£18,500 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

After studying at BNU, you’ll be set up for success and ready to work on major productions anywhere in the world.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our MA Wigs, Hair and Make-up for Fashion and the Arts can prepare you for a range of different job roles, such as;

  • Producing wigs and designs for shop window installations.
  • Working on projects for film and television
  • Working in theatre
  • Working on runway or editorial work for the fashion industries.
  • Working for a wig making firm
  • Makeup artist
  • Hairdresser/Chief hairdresser
  • Hair Supervisor
  • Wig Supervisor