This exciting and creative course is designed for students who have a passion for make-up in the Performance Arts, Media and Fashion industries. We work with industry professionals and make-up artists to provide you with the skills required for a career in make-up artistry.

This course is a professionally-recognised, international qualification that has been specifically designed to enable you to learn both aspects of make-up and hairdressing from our team of lecturers, who are still working within the industry.

  • What will I learn?

    This two-year course will provide you with a range of skills from basic make-up to special effects which will enable you to provide services to a high level of occupational ability. You will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with media, performing arts, fashion and photography departments to enhance your communication, styling and creative skills

  • Example modules

    • Occasion Make-up
    • Drag Make-up
    • Character Make-up
    • Special Effects & Prosthetic Make-up
    • Wig Making
    • Hair & Make-up through the decades
    • Portfolio building
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed throughout the year on both your practical skills and your sketchbook. This will enable you to build a portfolio of evidence that proves your competency and full understanding of the underpinning knowledge of the subjects. An acceptable professional level is required in all areas.

  • Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, one of which must be English or Maths OR successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification including a pass at English and Maths.

    It is advisory that you bring a portfolio of make-up work or artwork to your interview.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    This course provides suitable progression opportunities to the level 4 HNC in Media Make-up, Prosthetics and Costume as well as university. This course will prepare you with the essential skills and experience you will need as a make-up artist aspiring to work in the creative industry. This course will prepare you with the essential skills and experience you will need as a make-up artist aspiring to work in the creative industry.

  • Additional Information

    A make-up kit is a mandatory requirement of the course, alongside uniform and stationery. Full details can be provided at your interview

    £95 studio fee will cover the cost of uniform, trips and enrichment. There is an additional kit cost that will be discussed with you at your interview.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FSFXML3DP-1
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Our Aylesbury campus provides purpose-built, modern workshops and classrooms. Built and designed as a contemporary workplace, students in Aylesbury benefit from the opportunity to work in commercial businesses such as Harding’s Restaurant and Intuition Hair and Beauty.

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The campus houses workshops for Motor Vehicle, Brickwork, Plastering, Electrical and Plumbing, which sit alongside expanding space for our Public Services, and Sport students, who can now take advantage of our newly completed 3G football pitch.

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Our Amersham Campus benefits from large workshop spaces where Art and Design students can spread their artistic wings, with facilities including Photography studios, print rooms and Fine Art studios.

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