Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up Diploma

Course Overview

The one year VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up is a technical level qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self employed theatrical media make-up artist. It will enable you to work with performers to a high level of occupational ability providing hair and make-up services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries. 

This qualification is based on hairdressing and beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's beauty therapy professional association (The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology - BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a professional theatrical media make-up artist. 

Added March 2019

Entry Requirements

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 hair or beauty qualification and/or completion of a literacy assessment along with a one to one interview - or three GCSEs Grade C or above in English, maths or equivalent qualification. 

Applicants will need excellent communication skills, have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic about their chosen career. Applicants must be able to show initiative and also be able to work as part of a team. 

Course Delivery

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a professional theatrical media make-up artist including:

  • Airbrush make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Style and fit pastiche
  • Fantasy hair designs for performers
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Health and safety
  • Client care and communication
You will also develop a number of skills including numeracy, literacy, digital and employability skills throughout the course. You will be assessed in a variety of ways which will include assignments, external examinations, case studies and continual class assessment. 

Progression Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as professional theatrical media make-up artist, learners may choose to further develop their skills base by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4. 

One day additional workshops run by professional beauty companies at a small cost to improve employability and skills. 

Employment opportunities include professional make-up artistry, working with performers, theatre, film, photographic studios and national health service. 

Additional Information

All students will need to attend a guidance session prior to application - please contact the Broadway Centre on 01792 284049 to arrange.

Students will be expected to follow the College's dress code and attend industry related trips at an additional cost. Purchase of a kit is essential to study on this course (cost to be confirmed - FCF funding is available depending upon personal circumstances). 

Broadway Hair and Beauty Centre, Tycoch
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