Theatre, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Further Details


College 16-18,Adult

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 1 Year


Hair & Media Make-up

Course Overview

UK creative industries generate more than £100bn a year to the UK economy and employ more than 2m people. This course offers you the technical and creative grounding you’ll need to become part of this expanding sector. The course provides a balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of Hair and Media Makeup Studies, where you will research and discuss a range of media looks, special effects and develop the advanced skills of a make-up artist.

With expert guidance you will develop your practical skills in theatre, special effects, hair, and media make-up to a high professional industry standard.

During practical lessons you will take part in a range of demonstrations, workshops, discussion, and research activities presenting and communicating your ideas through practical work and a portfolio ‘look book’. Theory classes will involve developing your knowledge through discussion and answering questions in preparation for written examinations.

GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 or above.
Successful completion of Hair and Media Make-Up Level 2.
Skills test assessed by a member of the make-up team.

Learn from our industry-renowned hair and make-up team, our excellent industry connections mean that you will have a wealth of opportunities for work experience, placements, and visits. Practical and creative skills will be developed alongside an in-depth knowledge of theatre, special effects, and media make-up. This course will immerse you into the exciting world of theatre, special effects, hair, and make-up design.

Working with colleagues
Health and safety in the workplace
Creative hairdressing
Face and body art
Fashion make-up
Aircrush make-up
Media make-up
Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
Camouflage make-up
Style & fit postiche
Style and dress hair
Create & cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps

Progression to a Foundation Degree in media Make-Up Studies.

What else could I do?

Our students have an excellent record of success with careers prospects that include:
Freelance make-up artist
Theatre make-up artist Film/TV make-up artist Make-up designer
Working on cruise ships
Photographic make-up artist
Bridal make-up artist
Retailing including Counter Manager

You will be assessed continually throughout the course by practical assessments, research assignments, portfolio ‘look book’ and final written end exams.

A minimum of 36 hours work experience which is integral to the course and is assessed as part of the practical element.

High attendance and punctuality is an expectation for the course and is essential to certification and progression.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and there European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on the 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).

19+ learners – please contact the Customer Services Team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information.

Student will be expected to purchase a uniform and kit, a bursary may be available on application.

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