Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make Up Artistry

Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make Up Artistry

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

We will show you how to apply and master specialist make-up techniques and work with artificial hair for a broad range of creative and dynamic industries.

You will cover every aspect of advanced make-up techniques for film, television and stage alongside other media purposes. This comprehensive course covers basic hairdressing, media make-up, wigs and postiche, character make-up and special effects.

This is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career as a make-up artist.

 Learners could progress into employment, work within a beauty salon as a make-up specialist, freelance make-up artist in T.V or film or within department store for a cosmetic company.  Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking other qualifications at university level.

What will I study?

- Hairdressing Techniques for Media Make-up

- Provide Wigs and Postiche for Media Make-up

- Prepare for and Provide Character Make-up- Provide and Remove Special Effects and Media Make-up

- Good Working Relationships with Colleagues, Artistes, Subjects and Production Teams

The programme consists of the following topics:-

- Cutting and styling techniques for performers

- Avant-Garde hair and make-up Creative make-up design for productions and industry demands

- Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps

- Special effects make-up

- Create, dress and fit facial postiche

- Body art for competition

- Create; cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps.

- Wig dressing, fitting and maintenance.

- Learners may study GCSE or functional skills Maths as an important part of the course

Work experience of a minimum of 90 hours

Independent learning at home completing activities set by tutor (2 hours a week)

How will this course be delivered?

Salons, classroom, theatre etc. Type of learning to include theory, practical and research.

In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What's included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.

For example; if you haven't yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today's labour market and securing the career you've always wanted.

Work placement .

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.

What qualifications will I get?

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry. City and Guilds

Maths qualification (if required)

How will I be assessed?

It will be an end of year exam for theory and the practical will consist of a synoptic assessment test. Assessment takes place in a range of realistic working environments, including shows, competitions and theatre productions. You will also be required to complete and produce a Look book.

How do I get a place on the course?

Download an application form or apply online

Attend an interview bringing an up to date reference, school report and predicted grades.

Bring a piece of work to the interview researching either a job role in the make-up industry or a make-up brand.

Attend an induction day in June and induction days in September.

What are the entry requirements?

Two grade 3's or above (one must be English Language) (D or above in the old GCSE grades)

Level 2 hair and media make up, level 2 hairdressing, L2 beauty or L2/3 in art and design

Good attitude, keen, enthusiastic and positive

Positive reference from school/college or workplace.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to purchase a kit and uniform.

You will need to be flexible and able to carry out work experience in your own time.

How much will this course cost?

Under 19 free

Over 19 fees apply (TBC)

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

Uniform - £50

Kit - £297.98

Enrichment trips - £60

Short courses for extra techniques

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of this course, there are job opportunities in the television, theatre and film industries - or you could explore becoming a freelance make-up artist.

Students can also progress on to the foundation degree or degree in Specialist Hair and Media Make-up, Spa Management or Beauty Therapy Management.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Blossomfield Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds