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

This course is ideal for qualified hairdressers or beauty therapists who wish to progress into, or develop skills in, carrying out fashion, theatre and media make-up.

  • Study Mode

    Full-time

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Banbury and Bicester College

  • Pathway

    Media Makeup

The theatrical makeup industry is exciting and fast-paced. There is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills.

If you have ambitions to enter the media makeup sector in film, theatre, or television, our programmes are for you. You’ll need practical ability, a knowledge of fashion and beauty trends, and a passion to work hard and succeed.

Our programmes cover the essentials of client care and consultation, we will also develop your skills in specialist areas such as dressing and styling hair, making and applying prosthetics, designing and making body art, and applying quality make-up for fashion photography, TV, film and theatre.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our industry-standard salons at our campuses, take part in exciting on-location shoots and performances, and undertake work-based projects with leading industry employers.

Watch our students do a costume media makeup demonstration

You will learn advanced techniques and specialist applications for creating artistic looks. We will encourage you to further develop your imagination ready for employment in a highly creative industry.

You’ll cover topics such as:

  • health and safety
  • creative hair design
  • body art
  • media
  • fashion and photographic make-up airbrush techniques
  • creating and casting prosthetics, including life casting
  • application of prosthetic pieces
  • working with others
  • eye treatments
  • camouflage
  • full body painting

You will learn the skills needed to work in many different roles within the hair and make-up industry. You could, alternatively, go on to a career in training and assessment.

You will also gain work experience that will give you confidence to find employment once you have completed the course.

This course is taught using:

  • presentations
  • demonstrations
  • practical sessions, working on your fellow students
  • workshops
  • participation in shows, photo shoots and competitions

Home study, project work and research are also required.

You will be assessed in your practical work and through a series of written assignments and will also sit online assessments for your knowledge tests.

You will build a portfolio as evidence of your assessments and pictures of your work for future employment.

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and English. You must have completed the Make Up Artistry Level 2 Technical Certificate before moving on to the Level 3 programme.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. A good school report or reference and a successful interview are also required.

You need to be well presented, creative, have good communication skills, and show that you are focussed and committed to this industry.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Explore your career progression options

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Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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