HND Make-up Artistry candidate information

HND Make-up ArtistryThe HND Make-up Artistry will develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in the specialist areas of the Fashion Make-up and Visual media fields.

Subjects include: Wig Making, Photography, Training Skills, Information Technology in Business, Communication, Managing A Small Business, Contribute to a Promotional Event, Fashion Cutting & Restyling, Change Hair Colour, Setting & Dressing Hair, Perm Hair to Create Fashion Effects, Production Study Make-Up, Record of Historical Make-Up, Make-Up Techniques, Art & Design, Client Psychology, Working With People & Teams and Work Experience.

You will also develop your planning, analysis, synthesis, study and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND Make-up Artistry will allow you to progress into a wide range of fields, such as cosmetic companies, photographers, modelling agencies, freelance make-up artists, theatre, the film industry, and television.

The London College of Fashion offers progression to its BA in Theatrical Studies, subject to interview and submitting a portfolio of your work. If you are interested in this, it would help if select an Art optional Unit as part of your HND programme. It may also be possible to progress to studies in Business and Media subjects at Paisley and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. You should check arrangements and options with your centre for Articulation Arrangements prior before you start your studies.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • A National Certificate Group Award in a related subject areas such as Hairdressing or Beauty.
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications in a related subject areas at least level 2.
  • Three standard grades at credit level and one Higher grade pass.
  • An Art and/or Design Qualification, for example, drawing, painting, portraiture, fine art and technical design.
  • HNC Fashion Make-up (for entry into 2nd year of the HND)

If you have suitable work experience, or other qualifications, you may be accepted for entry provided the centre believes that you are likely to benefit from and succeed undertaking the award.