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Media Makeup Level 3 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Beauty therapy


Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

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This course is ideal for qualified hairdressers or beauty therapists who wish to progress into, or develop skills in, carrying out fashion, theatre and media make-up.

The theatrical makeup industry is exciting and fast-paced. There is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills. 

If you have ambitions to enter the media makeup sector in film, theatre, or television, our programmes are for you. You’ll need practical ability, a knowledge of fashion and beauty trends, and a passion to work hard and succeed.

Our programmes cover the essentials of client care and consultation, we will also develop your skills in specialist areas such as dressing and styling hair, making and applying prosthetics, designing and making body art, and applying quality make-up for fashion photography, TV, film and theatre.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our industry-standard salons at our campuses, take part in exciting on-location shoots and performances, and undertake work-based projects with leading industry employers. 

What I'll learn

You will learn advanced techniques and specialist applications for creating artistic looks. We will encourage you to further develop your imagination ready for employment in a highly creative industry.

You’ll cover topics such as:

  • health and safety
  • creative hair design
  • body art
  • media
  • fashion and photographic make-up airbrush techniques
  • application of prosthetic pieces

You will learn the skills needed to work in many different roles within the hair and make-up industry. You could, alternatively, go on to a career in training and assessment.

You will also gain work experience that will give you confidence to find employment once you have completed the course.


How I'll learn

This course is taught using:

  • presentations
  • demonstrations
  • workshops
  • participation in shows, photo shoots and competitions

Home study, project work and research are also required.



How I'll be assessed

You will be assessed in your practical work and sit online assessments for your knowledge tests.

You will build a portfolio as evidence of your assessments and pictures of your work for future employment.


Entry Requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths and English or functional skills Level 1 in maths and English.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. A good school report or reference and a successful interview are also required.

You need to be well presented, creative, have good communication skills, and show that you are focussed and committed to this industry.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.