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BA Hons - Make-up, Special Effects & Hair for Media & Performance

BA Hons - Make-up, Special Effects & Hair for Media & Performance - Lucy

Former School(s): Royal Alexandra & Albert School

What led you to choose this subject?  

I’ve been into art since I was young, especially painting. I've also always had an interest in make-up, helping my friends do theirs. After GSCEs I thought I might do a Diploma in Art & Design but felt if didn’t offer enough freedom. 

Why did you decide to study at ESC? 

A theatrical makeup demonstration at College Open Event I attended amazed me and inspired me to get into make-up and special effects. I felt it combined both of my interests – art and make-up. 

I joined ESC in 2018 and progressed through Levels 2 Hair & Media Makeup, Level 3 Theatrical Special Effects & Media Makeup and HND Theatrical Media & Special Effects before starting my BA. 

What do you enjoy about your course and why? 

I love learning about special effects – it’s new and challenging but I feel confident in achieving. 

I also enjoy the trips we do for inspiration eg. Harry Potter studio, V&A. 

How have you found tutor support at College? 

Great – I have a lot of support and feel very comfortable asking for help with issues if I’m ever struggling. 

Our tutor has great industry experience and I love talking to her.  

Have you done any work experience placements or taken part in any events or competitions during this course? 

I came first place in the 2020 Bridal Competition and second place in the Kryon Halloween competition in 2022. 

Outside of College, I work as a freelance makeup artist for weddings / music shoots. 

I also have a particular interest in makeup for fashion editorial and collaborate with fashion designers and models to create themed collections.    

My work has featured in Celine, SaintEight and Flanelle Magazines. 

A woman with pink face make-up 

Would you recommend HE at ESC to a future student? 

Yes - you get a lot of support and opportunities plus help with finding work. 

I’ve felt very comfortable here -  I didn’t really want the Uni life. Also, studying locally is much cheaper to do! 

What are your plans for the future? 

When I finish College, I want to be flexible so plan to work as a freelancer. I’m open to exploring most areas be it film, prosthetics, weddings, editorials or music shoots. 

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