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About the course

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Media Make-up Artistry provides you with specialist practical skills and knowledge, equipping you to seek employment or progression within the Media Make-up industry.

Media Hair and Make-Up Artistry is a fast paced, demanding and exciting industry and students need to be prepared to put in additional hours of practice at home. You will be required to work as artists backstage at fashion shows and theatre productions as part of your mandatory work experience, helping to enhance and develop your skills and build your confidence.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. This course requires the learners to hold a Level 2 Media Hair and Make-up certificate or equivalent. Successful applicants will be required to have current or planned work experience within the industry.

Some of the products used in the hair and beauty industry contain nuts, therefore this occupation may not be suitable for those with nut allergies.

Every student is expected to work towards a GCSE C grade (4) in English and maths. All students, including those that have achieved a C grade (4) in these subjects, will be expected to attend directed study sessions to complete; assignments, revision and tasks.


Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Media Make-up Artistry.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This qualification covers a wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the Media Make-up industry.

These are compulsory areas:

- Working in the film, TV and theatre industry

- Create historical hair and makeup looks

- Media make up creative hair design

- Fashion and photographic makeup

- The creation and presentation of a look book and industry portfolio

- Apply body art

- Camouflage makeup

Further areas of study:

- Cutting and styling techniques for performers

- Avant-garde hair and makeup

- The evolution of cosmetics and retail

- Specialist bridal hair and makeup


Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the make up industry attracts passionate, artistic and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and personal flair is part of every working day and that brings with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure that every day is a new and exciting challenge. If you are looking for a long term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the career for you.

How will I be assessed?

This course has an end point practical assessment, similar to a trade test, this covers practical skills and behaviours of the professional make up artist, this happens at the start of the third term. There will also be an end of course exam at the end of the second term, this covers theory taught across all units of Level 3 Make up Artistry. Students will also complete optional units. All elements must be completed and achieved in order to achieve a full qualification.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

In Vogue Salons WSC/ Make up Studio.

Where will the course take me?

Progression to employment or to degree level courses within the area. The course carries between 60 - 210 UCAS points dependent upon final grade.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Upon enrolment to the course learners will receive order forms for kit and uniform, this kit will include all the tools and equipment required to complete the course and practise at home. Uniform will consist of a black t-shirt with WSC branding, black trousers or jeans (not to be ripped or faded) and black enclosed toe flat shoes. You may need to consider additional costs for trips and visits arranged for during the course. Enrichment activities will be offered throughout the year, including visits and talks from hair and make-up artists currently working in industry.

How much will it cost?

approx £550 for uniform and kit.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line and complete the application form, you will be called in to the college to interview with a member of the team who will give you more detail about the programme an help you enrol onto the course.

Days & times

Starting September 2020

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