Laura Cotterill

Laura's Profile

Job title


Academic qualifications

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


0121 604 1000


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 with Make-up Artistry
  • Final Major Project
  • Critical Approaches to Research Methods
  • Postiche Design for Performers
  • Historical Hair and Make-up Studies
  • Editorial Imagery
  • Character Design
  • Graduate Success
  • Cultural and Historical Studies

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.

External engagements

External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University: BA (Hons) and FdA Special Effects Make-up Artistry, BA (Hons) and FdA Make-up Artistry

Key roles include supporting the University and QAA/National Framework for assuring academic standards and quality, verifying standards in awards and modules within the Humanities department, while ensuring fairness of assessment, procedures and the integrity of those involved.

Department of Creative Services

Discover more

Back to top