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Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This is a one year full time make-up course designed for 16-19 year olds who are interested in a career in Theatre, Film or TV.

Entry Requirements

A level 2 qualification in hairdressing or beauty therapy or a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C which must include English Language and Science, as well as Maths at grade D or above.  In addition, a degree of artistic flair would be beneficial.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will cover topics such as:

– Lash and brow treatments
– Airbrush make-up to the face
– Fashion and photographic make-up
– Camouflage make-up
– Media make-up
– Application of prosthetic pieces and bald caps
– Self tanning techniques
– The art of styling and fitting postiche
– The art of styling and dressing hair

How will I be taught?

The course involves a considerable amount of practical work.  During the workshop sessions, there will be a demonstration of skills, which you will then practice on each other.  Eventually you will work on models and possibly performers.  There are also separate theory lessons to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification allows for individual student progression.

Both your practical work and your theory work will be assessed. There are seven externally marked question papers. There is a considerable amount of project, assignment and portfolio work for this course.

Practical assessments will be performed on models. Oral questioning will take place at the time of the practical assessment.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

There is an opportunity to progress to the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts Make-Up.  In order to progress you would be expected to fulfil the entry criteria for the course.  In addition, you could gain employment in the field of theatre/media make-up.

Course Information

All students will be expected to comply with the Beauty Industry standards of dress. Facial piercings, false nails and nail enamel are not acceptable in any class and must be removed prior to entry of the session.

Students aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on Freephone 0800 056 0511.

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