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Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


This hands-on practical course covers the requirements for the application of specialised make-up and artificial hair for theatrical and media purposes. It covers every aspect of advanced make-up techniques for film and television work, as well as for stage, display and other media purposes.

Course units will include:

  • Cutting and styling techniques for performers
  • Avant-garde hair and make-up
  • Creative make-up design for productions and industry demands
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Special effects make-up
  • Create, dress and fit facial postiche
  • Body art for competition
  • and 2 optional units.

All of the course units are interlinked, students create and design a range of total character looks combining different skills and techniques reflecting the media make-up industry.

The College secured a national first in 2015 through our involvement with Mustard TV. Our level 3 and 4 Media Make Up students are part of the production team doing the hair and make up for the presenters and guests. Through this involvement students have also had experience with the BBC and events filmed at Epic Studios.

Students use the MAC range of cosmetics and Louise Young make up brushes and all of our tutors are highly qualified with excellent industry experience and all work hard to ensure you benefit from this wealth of knowledge.

We work with internationally recognised make-up artists such as Louise Young who provides tutorials and make up lessons. Other industry experts such as Paintopia, an international body painting festival, regularly come in and offer their expertise on new techniques and products as well as on industry experience.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a Level 2 Diploma in Media Make-up, Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing.

If applicants have not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above (A*-C) in English and Maths they will be required to complete these alongside the course.

It is important that students have a mature and professional attitude as the hair and make-up profession is a highly demanding and disciplined one. In particular, students will be required to maintain high standards of personal and professional appearance including wearing make up to look presentable; piercings will not have to be covered.


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 be 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 4 Diploma in Management of Theatrical and Special Effects.

Career Progression

The hair and beauty industry is a vibrant, dynamic and creative sector offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. Worldwide it is predicted to grow by 29% by 2017. This sector alone employs nearly a quarter of a million people and is worth over £6 billion to the UK economy.

As a make-up artist you would apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. You could work in film, television, photographic sessions or fashion shows. You could either find a trainee position or set up as self employed.

For further information check:
National Careers Service - Make Up Artist job profile
Creative Skillset
Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA)
National Association of Screen Make-Up Artists and Hairdressers


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 uniform and kit tbc.

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