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Media Make Up Artistry, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


This exciting course aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the Media Make Up Industry.

Your days at college are spent in the makeup studio where you create and design a range of total hair and makeup looks combining different skills and techniques reflecting the media make-up industry. You also will be attending theory sessions so that you have a clear understanding of health and safety also factors that contribute to a successful career within the industry and how a professional portfolio can be used. You will also complete a look book alongside all your practical work this is worked on independently as theory homework.

You will also have the chance to participate in extra activities building valuable contacts through participation of work experience. We regularly work with local theatres, fashion events, local TV and media productions.
We use professional brands of make-up such as Kryolan, MAC cosmetics, Morphe, Derma Colour. All tutors are highly qualified with previous industry experiences in Theatre, Film & Television which has included working on numerous productions for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, feature films, commercials, and theatre companies.

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs ideally to include the following; Maths, English, Science, Art subject.

A mature and professional attitude is very important in this highly demanding and disciplined industry.
Maintain high standards of personal and professional appearance.

Learning Outcomes

The qualification is divided into units and each unit covers a different area of work as a make-up artist this includes:

  • Unit 301 - Working in the film, TV and theatrical industries
  • Unit 302 - The creation and presentation of a look book and an industry portfolio
  • Unit 303 - Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Unit 304 - Media make-up creative hair design
  • Unit 305 - Create historical hair and make-up looks
  • Unit 306 - Apply body art
  • Unit 307 - Camouflage make-up

Optional units may include:

  • Unit 308 – Specialist Bridal Hair & Makeup
  • Unit 309 – Cutting and Styling techniques for performers
  • Unit 311 – The evolution of cosmetics and retail


The course is assessed via an external practical and a theoretical assessment which will draw knowledge from the mandatory content of the qualification. The practical exam could last up to 6 hours in length with the theoretical exam content using short and extended answer style questions.


Students successful completing this course can progress onto the Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry Advanced Technical Diploma

From that course you could apply to university. We have had successful progression onto degree programmes with 66% of students going to university in 2022 and 85% in 2021.

Career Progression

This qualification could lead to a job as a:

  • Fashion & Photographic Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Television, Film & Theatre Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Specialist Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Catwalk/Runway Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Teaching a specialised subject


For UK students aged under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your tuition fees are free. In addition to this there will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances. Costs for kit and uniform tbc

Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.

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Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.