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Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Makeup

This course explores all aspects of creative, theatrical media makeup from camouflage makeup, airbrushing and media makeup to styling and fitting postiches, applying prosthetic pieces and creating fantasy hair designs.

You will develop a wide range of technical abilities and skills in a busy, fast-paced environment while gaining crucial experience of working with theatre productions and professional clients in the industry.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Applying airbrush makeup to the face
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Media makeup
  • Styling and fitting postiche
  • Fashion and photographic makeup
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety practice in the salon
  • Applying prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Designing and applying face and body art
  • Fantasy hair design for performers

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course by a combination of practical observations, written examinations, assignments, a reflective journal and participation within theatre productions.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have successfully achieved a level 2 Hair and Media Makeup qualification or equivalent.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2020), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you are now ready to enter the industry as a Professional Theatrical Media Makeup Artist!

There are over 40,000 hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses in the UK, which means there are plenty of career opportunities in this thriving industry!

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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