Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up
Faculty of Hospitality, Hair and Beauty
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Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Level 3 - Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma Laurence Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

If you want to work independently in the field of media make-up, this course is the ideal preparation. It builds on skills acquired during your Level 2 studies. 
This course is also ideal if you are progressing within the make-up industry and want to cover all of the advanced skills and knowledge needed to work as a theatrical and media make-up artist.   

You will participate in a faculty show and media production events to gain much evidence towards this qualification. There are practical and theoretical classes which will help you develop a portfolio of evidence for verification. There is some case study/project work. Practical skills are developed on fellow students - once a level of competence is reached clients are to be used for assessment. You will participate in outside events supporting the drama and dance productions with media make up. You will be assessed practically, theoretically and orally in all areas. Testimonials may be required as evidence in some areas. Complete portfolios are verified and should include assessment books, case studies, projects, and theoretical papers. Some units have external on line test papers. Balance of the course is 40% theory/60% practical.

What topics will I study?

You will cover the following units:

  • 309 - cutting and styling for performers
  • 310 - avant-garde hair and make-up
  • 320 - creative make up design for productions and industry demands
  • 321 - apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • 322 - special effects make-up
  • 323 - create, dress and fir facial postiche
  • 324 - body art for competition

What experiences will I get?

A range of professional certificated workshops are included during the course for which there is a charge.

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English Language. Plus, you must have successfully completed a Level 2 course in Make-Up Artistry.

Learners who have achieved qualifications in media and performing arts are welcome to apply.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

There are five fully equipped beauty salons and four hairdressing salons. A Learning Resource Centre is on each college site and media production facilities at the Centre for Creative Industries.

What can the course lead on to?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary advanced technical skills to be employed as a Theatrical and Media Make-up Artist and could lead to a career as a theatre, film or TV make-up artist; make-up designer or product developer. Alternatively, you could progress into higher education and a degree course within this subject area.

Are there any additional costs?

You need a personal theatrical make up kit and uniform. You are responsible for providing your own working resources and sundries.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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