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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Make-up (Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career as a make-up artist, providing hair & make-up services within media, theatre, performing arts, fashion, and photographic industries.

You will develop your communication and personal skills which are essential in this type of work and will gain practical experiences through external and internal work experiences.

This will enhance your portfolio and look-book, while building your confidence and experience in both aspects.

Modules include:

  • Beauty related industries
  • Health and safety
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Apply airbrush make-up to the face
  • Media make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Style and fit postiche
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald cap

The Level 3 in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Makeup course offers an exciting and challenging career in a fast-paced industry.

The course includes a variety of practical and theoretical classes. You will take part in trips, visits, seminars, and competitions alongside your course to further develop your understanding and knowledge of the industry which will be dependent upon your attendance and professional conduct. You are also expected to undertake work experience, either in a photography studio or a salon to enhance your skills, keep you up to date with the latest trends and aid employability and progression opportunities.

You'll also develop your abilities to ensure continuity services are adhered to for make-up application and hair services, whilst working on your skills to produce a total look for competition work.

This qualification will also help you improve communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills, all of which are valued

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
Stoney Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C026956 / Q026965


City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including Maths and English. Acceptance is via interview with a tutor. Other artistic elements such as art qualifications will be considered if you can show a portfolio of evidence of work already completed.

All students must undertake and pass a practical dexterity test prior to enrolment to ensure you are suitable for this course.

If you are a progressing student, you must also have achieved 90% attendance and successfully completed and passed your previous course. Please speak to your tutor regarding your progression options.

Teaching & assessment

The units are assessed internally by subject specialist teachers. Most units consist of a mix of theoretical exams or assignments/ assessments and practical assessments within a realistic working environment.


You could progress to:

  • Higher education at university
  • Directly into industry
  • Level 4 Theatrical and Media Make-up
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Beauty
Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit and uniform. Costs for these will be discussed at interview.

Hair will need to be secured away from your face and you may be required to provide your own models.

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.