Hair and make-up artistry

Do you enjoy working creatively with make-up? Do you have a collaborative and customer-focused nature? If so, a hair and make-up artistry programme could be for you.

About our hair and make-up artistry programmes

If you have ambitions to enter the hair and make-up artistry sector in film, theatre, or television, or work as a freelance make-up artist, 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, in addition to developing 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. Specific special effect techniques will be explored, including cosmetic camouflage, airbrushing and casualty make-up application.

Throughout your time with us, you will develop an extensive range of creative theory and practical expertise as you gain skills in independent study, teamwork, research and planning.

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.

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of roles:

  • Freelance media make-up artist
  • Make-up artist specialist in the theatre industry
  • Skin camouflage specialist

The Hair and make-up artistry industry

UK film, TV and music activities have grown by over 70% in the last three years in value terms (significantly outpacing growth in other EU countries).

The theatrical hair and make-up industry is exciting and fast-paced: there is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills.

A profession in hair and make-up artistry combines techniques from film and television with the conceptual artistry and commercial awareness of fashion and beauty make-up. It can also involve working with clients to discuss their requirements and advising them with creative ideas and solutions.

Skills include applying make-up, body art, prosthetic pieces, hair styling, and client care. Professions include makeup artists and session stylists, as well as hair and make-up specialists for film, TV, theatre and special effects.

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Industry partnerships

Our courses are run in partnership with MAC, Bobbi Brown, Dermalogica, Urban Decay, Soho Farmhouse, Kryolan and Pegasus Theatre.

We have also partnered with a number of local fashion shows.