Where will this course lead?

The Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make Up is a fantastic programme that mixes both the theory and practical skills needed for a career in the make-up industry.  

This course is ideal for those who are interested in the media, make-up, fashion and theatrical industry. 

The Level 3 Diploma is an enhancement for those who already hold a Level 2 in Hair and Media Make-up. The Diploma will teach advanced skills which will progress you to an advanced level and give the creative and technical know-how to build your professional portfolio and progress into employment.

What will I study?

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist including airbrush make-up for the face, camouflage make-up, fashion and photographic make-up and media make-up. These units are all mandatory. 

The programme consists of the following topics: 

  • Media make-up (including special effects). 

  • Fantasy Hair design for performers. 

  • Fashion and photographic make-up

  • Airbrushing make-up to the face. 

  •  Design and apply face and body art 
  • Camouflage make-up. 

  • Create and cast a small prosthetic piece and a bald cap. 

  • 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 - 4 hours a week.

How will this course be delivered?

This is a full-time programme based at Blossomfield campus. Most lessons will take place in college with the addition of some lessons online if required. 

In addition to your full-time make-up 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 is included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations. 

For example, if you have not yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in maths at 16 you will continue to study this alongside your vocational qualification.  

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?

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make Up

Maths qualification (if required) 

How will I be assessed?

The Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make Up will be assessed in theory and in practical throughout the year. Assessments take place in a range of realistic working environments, including shows, competitions and theatre productions. You will also be required to complete and produce a portfolio. 

How do I get a place on the course?

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 induction days in September. 

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English 

Plus, a Level 2 in Theatrical and Media Make Up 

Successful interview 

Satisfactory reference 

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 to do this course? 

Uniform - Costs TBC 

Make up - Costs TBC 

Hair kit - Costs TBC 

Enrichment trips - Costs TBC  

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 a foundation degree or degree in Specialist Hair and Media Make-up, Spa Management or Beauty Therapy Management. 


Blossomfield Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make Up

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Predicted Employment

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Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.