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Theatrical Special Effects Hair & Media Make-Up

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma

36 Weeks
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: You will need either a Level 2 Hairdressing or Level 2 Beauty qualification on entry

Course Info

This course covers professional make-up and hairdressing techniques that are used in fashion, T.V, film, theatre and photographic industries.

Hair and Media Make-up covers creative hair techniques for images including Avant garde, themes and commercial looks. Styling and fitting postiche for historical and character looks will also be included.

Designing and applying face and body art and air brush techniques to the face along with developing skills in fashion, photographic, camouflage and media make up which includes the use of prosthetics, scarring, burns, bruises and other casualty effects will be interesting and exciting and prepare you with the necessary skills to work in the creative industry.

For photographic make up you will cover special occasion make up, current trends and historical/period make up.


The course is based on development and assessment of practical skills, underpinning knowledge which is assignment work and on line tests.

You will use a range of research methods to create design plans to which you will develop the appropriate skills and techniques to suit the design objective.

Completion of assessments builds a portfolio of evidence. Work experience is essential to meet the qualification requirements.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

4 GCSE’s at grade D or grade 3 or above to include English or a relevant Level 2 Hairdressing or Beauty qualification. Applicants must be enthusiastic, committed and show an artistic flair.