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Theatrical, Special Effects Hair and Media Make-up Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Master your skills for a career in film, editorial, theatre or special effects make-up through covering a range of topics including: airbrushing, camouflage, fashion and photographic make-up, styling and fitting a postiche, wig services and the advanced dressing of women’s hair. You will gain extensive work experience at local theatres, amateur dramatic groups and fashion shows.


What Does The Programme Include

There will be a lot of underpinning written work to begin with. Each unit will have at least one written assignment and several practical assessments. 

Entry Requirements

A Hair and Media Make Up, Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2 or a Beauty Diploma Level 2 qualification.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Each unit will have at least one written assignments and several practical assessments and end of unit tests.

Additional Information

Candidates wishing to pursue a career in this industry should be of smart appearance, reliable, articulate and of a caring nature with good communications skills. You will be required to purchase a media uniform and a kit; this is mandatory requirement within the first six weeks to enable you to complete this course. We will notify you about the contents and the suppliers of both the kit and uniform during the Inspire information day. It is imperative that you plan ahead as you will be expected to source your own clients to enable you to complete your practical assessments. A late night may be required of which you will need to organise your own transport.

Potential Future Career

After successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to university to study a Media Make-up or Special Effects Make-up degree. You could also enter employment in theatres, TV studios, cosmetic counters and on cruise ships.

Course Content

You will study a range of units including:

  • Apply Airbrush Make-up to the face
  • Camouflage Make-up
  • Media Make-up
  • Style and Fit Postiche
  • Fashion and Photographic Make-up
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty-related Industries
  • Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practice in the Salon


  • Creative Hairdressing Design Skills

Course Trips

You will have regular visits from industry professionals throughout the course such as visits from Kyrolan, London (with the opportunity to visit their training salon in Covent Garden), UK body painters and special effects experts, as well as successful past students now working in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions such as the AHT Hair and Make-up Awards, and showcase your skills in our End of Year Hair and Fashion Show.


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