Laura Cotterill

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FdA Media Make-up, PGCE, MA Education (pending)


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Following my graduation from Somerset College of Arts and Technology with an FdA in Media Make-up, I was fortunate to work as a freelance makeup artist for several years in the performance industry. While working as a freelance make-up artist, my experience was diverse across film, TV, fashion and editorial sectors. Credits include ITV, Nickelodeon, ASOS, Playboy, BBC and Bahrain Confidential.

Working for a leading cosmetics brand for six years allowed me to develop my abilities in training and developing a team of people. Liaising closely with head office teams enabled event planning, mentoring and staff training to be developed in-house.

My background in education was fostered while working at the Arts University Bournemouth as a visiting Lecturer and Technician Demonstrator. This was then further enhanced upon attaining a full time lecturer role which I held for five years. During this time I obtained my PGCE qualification, expanding my understanding of contemporary teaching and learning practices. Additionally, the Arts University Bournemouth focused on research excellence, whereby engagement in subject-specific events was realised.

In 2018, I joined University College Birmingham as a full-time lecturer. Having now completed several academic roles, this has enhanced my understanding of assessment, quality and standards, learning and teaching, pastoral duties and academia.

I believe my experience enables me to engage students with industry knowledge relating to professional contexts, which I find to be a key strength. Having completed my Master’s in Education I am eager to progress further within my career and research practices at UCB.


  • Period Hair and Make-up
  • Innovations and Enterprise
  • Final Major Project
  • Critical Approaches to Research Methods
  • Exploring Research in Practice
  • Postiche Design for Performers
  • Historical Hair and Make-up Studies
  • Editorial Imagery
  • Character Design
  • Graduate Success
  • Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Commercial Hair and Make-up
  • Creative Fashion, Make-up and Styling
  • Professional Identity and Employability
  • Dissertation
  • Creative Artist

Research Interests and Scholarly activity

This academic year has seen the completion of my MA in Education qualification, specialising in technology, creativity and thinking. The qualification offered opportunities to explore the uses of digital technologies to engage learners, while investigating future practices of teachers to enhance creativity and thinking skills. The content has aided research methodologies and awareness of pedagogies surrounding creative education, while also highlighting implications for future practices.

In addition, I have developed an awareness of student engagement with digital technology and skills to recognise developing trends in teaching and learning, in particular a technology enabled environment; attributes necessary within the Specialist Hair and Media Make-up department. Not only do these skills align to the developments in learners’ engagement with their studies but they are also vital qualities I feel to engage the 21st century learner. Experimenting and using current technology is a keen interest and the learning opportunities that technology can provide the 21st century learner are exciting and dynamic.

  • “A Hairs Breadth” Exhibition, Arts University Bournemouth, 2016
  • BAFTA Event, with Ivana Primorac, Event Coordinator April: 2014  
  • Cotterill, L. (2020) Digital Dimensions, An investigation into the 21st Century digital landscape through the lense of the UK Makeup Artist. Dissertation Thesis. Exeter University. 
  • Cotterill, L (2020) ‘Taking on the pandemic as a digital community’, TedxWolverhampton, 30 November. Available at: 
  • Cotterill, L (2022) ‘Using Virtual Reality to design and build bespoke VR content’, Learning and Teaching Conference, University College Birmingham. 
  • Cotterill, L (2021) ‘Virtual Tours’ and creating digital learning opportunity’, Learning and Teaching Conference, University College Birmingham. 
  • TedxTalks (2021) Deconstruct the Digital, Paradigm to the Physical. 22 January 2021. Available at:

External engagements

External Advisor: BIMM Institute – BA (Hons) Hair and Makeup for Screen and Film: 2022

External Advisor: University of South Wales - BA (Hons) TV and Film: Hair, Make-up and Special Effects: 2022 (Validation)

External Advisor: University of South Wales - BA (Hons) TV and Film: Prop Making: 2022 (Validation)

External Advisor: Newcastle College University Centre - FdA Advanced Make-up Techniques and Business Enterprise, Newcastle College Group: 2021 (Validation)

External Advisor: University West London - BA (Hons) Media and Make-up, South Thames College Group: 2021 (Validation)

External Advisor: Salford University - BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance, Salford University: 2019 (Validation)

Internal Moderator, MA Prosthetics for Film and Television (3 modules), University College Birmingham: 2020

Internal Moderator, BA/FdA Specialist Hair and Make-up (2 modules), University College Birmingham: 2020

The function of the above roles was to comment independently, objectively and with authority on the academic quality of the programme under consideration. As a panel member, duties included to review documentation, submit a written report and attend approval meetings for both programmes.

External Examiner: Greater Brighton Metropolitan College - BA (Hons) Make-up and Hair for Theatre and Media: 2022-2026

External Examiner: University of South Wales - BA (Hons) TV and Film: Hair, Make-up and Special Effects: 2022-2026

External Examiner: The Manchester College, Sheffield Hallam University - BA (Hons) Make-up Artistry and BA (Hons) Special Effects Make-up Artistry: 2016-2020


Other activities:


Relevant Industry Experience

  • Make-up Daily, Netflix: "Jewels"
  • Make-up Daily, BBC: Doctors
  • Make-up Daily, BBC: Sister Boniface Mysteries
  • Make-up Daily, Netflix: Bridgerton Series 2
  • Make-up Daily, BBC: Call the Midwife Series 9, 10, 11
  • Make-up Daily, BBC: Call the Midwife Christmas Special

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