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Welcome to the Performing Arts & Make-up Artistry department

 

What’s it all about?

The Creative & Performing Arts Department promotes a dynamic and innovative environment, providing a wide range of courses for all levels of ability and aspiration in the heart of Milton Keynes.

In joining the college you will have access to the latest industry-standard facilities and thinking. You can gain exposure to a variety of artistic approaches, materials, techniques and processes that will prepare you for further study or employment within the art sector.
All of our Performing Arts courses are awarded by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL), giving you a qualification certified by a world-renowned University. In turn, all of our Make-up Artistry courses are awarded by the nationally recognised VTCT.

Is it for me?

The most important thing to have in this industry is passion. If you love what you do, whether it's learning the steps to the latest hit musical or using your knowledge to decide on the best set of make-up brushes to use, our specialist staff will help you develop your artistic talent. We are looking for students with the ambition to succeed to the highest of standards, with the determination to progress both personally and professionally.

What will I do?

Throughout your time here you will gain hands on commercial experience, preparing you for entry into the creative industry or further study at University. Milton Keynes College can take you up to degree level qualifications such as a Higher National Certificate for make-up artists, and can prepare performers to be ready to take on the next step, whether it's further education, drama school, or straight into work.

You’ll be expected to work on live briefs within your chosen industry, whether it's Live Performance, Theatrical, Film, and many more. At the end of the academic year, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your portfolio to the public at our end of year show at Middleton Hall, thecentre:mk. We encourage collaboration between courses, for example fine artists studying with budding film-makers, and fashion designers working alongside performers and musicians, which will enable us to put on the most spectacular show possible.

What can I do next?

Each year our highly successful students go on to join prestigious Performing Arts schools including, East 15, Urdang Academy and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Some have decided to continue their studies at university, or have been fortunate enough to go into work straight away. As a qualified make-up artist, there are a number of different pathways you could go down, including moving onto further qualifications, such as the HNC in Theatrical Make-up, or into a position in the industry.

Art, Design & Performing Arts

Full Time
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (General) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 4430P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Trips and visits to London galleries and museums
  • Apply for a chance to exhibit your work during the fantastic end of year show held at Middleton Hall and the UAL end of year show in London
  • Opportunities to work on live briefs and enter competitions
  • Close working relationships with the arts communities in Milton Keynes
  • Chose from a variety of work experience opportunities, including creating murals and within the Tate Modern
UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 2464P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Work experience opportunities through employability week, including creating a multi-cultural mural for the Tesco MK office
  • Contribute to a mural within a school canteen area
  • Have the opportunity to show your work at the end of year Middleton Hall exhibition
  • Trips to London galleries and exhibitions
UAL Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies Level 3/4 - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 0022P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £5421.00,
24+ £5421.00, Overseas £5421.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Visits to galleries and exhibitions
  • This qualification will give you an additional edge when applying to Universities and jobs
  • Build your portfolio with a vast variety of techniques and art forms
  • Guest speakers and practising creatives from industry or higher education
  • Your own base room and work spaces
  • Display your work in our end of year public graduate exhibition
  • Opportunities to enter competitions
  • Expert course guidance on the creative sector
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Clothing) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 1398P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • End of year professionally staged catwalk shows and exhibition at Middleton Hall
  • Live briefs within the fashion and retail industry
  • Visiting speakers from industry and higher education
  • Visits to places such as London museums
  • Portfolio development
Art & Design (Entry Level 3) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 4443P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, Mon,Wed,Fri 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Workshops with local and national Artists
  • Visits to art galleries and design events
  • Small group sizes
  • Additional dedicated teaching support staff in taught classes
  • Tailored programmes to enable progression to higher level courses
Art & Design - Level 1 - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 3870P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, TUE-THU 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Workshops with local and national artists
  • Visits to art galleries and design events
  • Small group sizes
  • Additional dedicated teaching support staff in taught classes
  • Tailored programmes to enable progression to higher level courses
  • Undertake seven projects on this technique rich course
  • Gain work related experience
  • Link with College  fashion show projects 
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 0009P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Guest speakers and industry workshops during employability week
  • Learn to use industry standard software, including Adobe Suite
  • Apply for the opportunity to display your work at the Middleton Hall exhibition
  • Internal and external experience on real live projects
  • Work experience opportunities such as working with Arts for Health, local printers and local media marketing companies
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 2732P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Site: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Guest speakers and industry workshops during employability week
  • Apply for the opportunity to show your work at the Middleton Hall Exhibition
  • Trips such as London, Oxford and local area
  • Use of professional Digital Media suites and software
  • Internal and external experience on live projects
RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma For Music Practitioners - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: A188P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £11356.00,
24+ £11356.00, Overseas £11356.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Gain a professionally recognised music qualification
  • Suitable for you if you are a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, drummer and/or keyboard/piano player
  • Focus on your chosen instrument and learn different techniques for different purposes
  • Gain necessary music tech and production skills
  • Perform in a live environment
  • Learn to compose and arrange music
RSL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: A187P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2212.00,
24+ £2212.00, Overseas £4425.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Gain a professionally recognised music qualification
  • Suitable for you if you are a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, drummer and/or keyboard/piano player.
  • Focus on your chosen instrument and learn different techniques for different purposes
  • Gain necessary music tech and production skills
  • Perform in a live environment
  • Learn to compose and arrange music
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 4414P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £7395.00,
24+ £7395.00, Overseas £7395.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to be involved in several full-scale public performance projects
  • Workshops with professional companies and practitioners in the dance industry
  • Work related opportunities related to the Performing Arts industry
  • Teaching delivery from a range of specialist staff with an emphasis on dance
  • Use a variety of your skills to take part in full scale performances
  • Take on different roles, both performance and production wise
BTEC Level 1 First Diploma in Performing Arts - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: A227P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON & FRI 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Have the option to study what you enjoy, including production, dance, drama and musical theatre
  • Investigate different performance techniques
  • Develop skills in acting, singing and dance
  • Grow your confidence in all covrered areas
  • Learn and work in small groups
  • Facilitate an understanding of theatre needs and conventions
  • Learn in a more mature and relaxed environment compared to secondary school
Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 2068P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 19:30 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to be involved full-scale performance projects
  • Workshops with professional companies and practitioners
  • Work related opportunities related to the Performing Arts industry
  • Teaching delivery from a range of specialist staff
  • Be assessed on your practical skills and talent
  • Learn about different acting styles
  • Take on a variety of different roles, including production based
Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 4744P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 19:30 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to be involved full-scale performance projects
  • Workshops with professional companies and practitioners
  • Work related opportunities related to the Performing Arts industry
  • Teaching delivery from a range of specialist staff
  • Be assessed on your practical skills and talent
  • Learn about different dancing styles, including jazz, ballet and tap
  • Take on a variety of different roles, including production based
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 4413P-1/2 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, 9:00 - 19:30 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £7395.00,
24+ £7395.00, Overseas £7395.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to be involved in several full-scale public performance projects
  • Workshops with professional companies and practitioners
  • Work experience opportunities related to the Performing Arts industry
  • Teaching delivery from a range of specialist staff
  • Use a variety of disciplines and skills to take part in live, full scale productions
  • Take on different roles, both performance and production wise
Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: 0206P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-SAT 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3345.00,
24+ £3345.00, Overseas £3345.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Exhibit your work during the fantastic end of year fashion show and portfolio exhibit held at Middleton Hall Central MK
  • Industry expert visits and workshops
  • Extensive work experience and enrichment opportunities, including a prosthetics workshop at Harry Potter Studios Tour
  • Take part in a UV photo shoot
  • Train in a range of industry techniques and skills, led by lecturers with extensive industry experience.
VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up - 11/09/2017
 
Course Code: A229P-1/1 Course Dates: 11/09/2017 - 22/06/2018 Course Hours: Full-Time, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
Highlights Include
  • Get involved with the Middleton Hall Christmas event with face painting and makeovers
  • Learn the ins and outs of hair styling, beauty and media make-up
  • Take part in the Jane Iredale mineral make-up workshop and National Student Competition introduction
  • Try out different techniques such as 'ageing' in class