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Media Make-up

This is an industry recognised course which is perfect if you want to be a make-up artist for film/ theatre/tv, a prosthetics/special effects make-up artist, fashion make-up artist or a wig/hairpiece specialist. We have a fully equipped Theatrical and Media Make-up Studio, Prosthetics Workshop and state of the art Fibre Glass Suite for the making of specialist, film grade prosthetics.

We emphasise diversity and inclusion within the design while debating beauty ideals, gender politics and the changing face of identity.

We have a fully equipped Theatrical and Media Make-up Studio, Prosthetics Workshop and state of the art Fibre Glass Suite for the making of specialist, film grade prosthetics and access to a comprehensive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be taught by a team with strong reputations as practising artists as well as visiting lecturers and a dynamic programme of industry speakers.

Whilst completing industry style assignments, you will have the opportunity to use the latest innovative products and techniques from the sector. You will also work closely with Photography, Media, Fashion and Performing Arts in College on project-based assignment opportunities which will broaden your horizons and allow you to tap into even more resources to help you build a professional portfolio.

You will explore the many contexts of media make-up and hair design within the creative industries. You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to application, materials and creative development processes to produce innovative and contemporary design work. This includes make-up and hairstyling for fashion editorial, wig work for theatre, TV, and alternative design contexts (eg, publications and the catwalk). To enable you to operate across design platforms, you will also be trained in photographic skills and digital publishing.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 including English or maths & Art/Design Technology
  • Level 2 – Grade 9-4 in English and/or Maths GCSE and a genuine interest in the industry, good communication skills, excellent personal presentation & an ability to cope with a high workload
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What you will study

• Theatrical & Media Make-up Pathway
• Introduction to Materials, Processes & Technical Skills
• Introduction to Contextual Research
• Introduction to Drawing Skills
• Introduction to Communication Skills
• Solving 2D Creative Problems
• Solving 3D Creative Problems
• Solving Time-based Creative Problems
• Developing a Personal Project (Final Major Project)
• Theatrical & Media Make-up
• The Creative Process
• Developing Creative Practice
• Responding to a Set Brief
• Theatrical & Media Make-up Pathway
• Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
• Specialist Technical Skills Development
• Specialist Creative Outcome

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  • Fashion & Editorial Make-up FD
  • Prosthetic Make-up Effects FD


  • Make-up Artist Film/Theatre/TV
  • Prosthetics / Special effects Make-up Artist
  • Wigs & Hairpieces Specialist