Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Makeup

Level 3 Technical Diploma VCTC

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Theatrical and Media Make-Up (Tech) - Level 3 Diploma SF-TMMU3D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 years)

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On this course you will study a wide range of makeup application skills and techniques, you will also learn how to style and dress hair and wigs. You will take part in a range of exciting work experience placements which will build on your portfolio and build connections with employers. We also support our students to enter World Skills UK competitions each year, where you can showcase your creative skills and technical expertise.

To be able to study this course you will need either:
– Level 2 Hairdressing
– Level 2 Beauty
or achieved a minimum of four GCSEs at grades 4-9, which must include Science and either English Language or Mathematics. In addition, artistic flair would be beneficial.

On this Level 3 course at HSDC South Downs, you will study:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Apply airbrush makeup to the face
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Media makeup
  • Fashion and photographic makeup
  • Style and fit Postiche
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Apply eyelash and brow treatments
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques


You will be taught by a small team of specialist lecturers who have an art or an industry-related background. We use a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, workshops, presentations, demonstrations and group discussions. HSDC South Downs has an excellent Learning Hub (library), superb IT facilities and an online Google Classroom, on which you will be able to access a wide range of resources to help you succeed. This facility will be available for you to use at home too.

Our practical working areas are fully equipped, allowing you to learn advanced hairdressing and makeup application skills using a range of professional products and equipment. In addition to your practical lessons, there will be theory classes and revision classes for your exams and building your picture portfolios.

There are two online exams, seven practical assessments and two final practical assessments known as a ‘synoptic’, which will cover all that you have achieved in your practical assessments. There is also one picture portfolio and 120 hrs work experience.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

On successful completion of this course, students could progress to working in industry or become self-employed as a qualified makeup artist, progress to Higher Education or apply for our Beauty or Hairdressing courses to expand their skill set.

As part of this course, you will be expected to take part in a considerable amount of work experience. You can expect to be involved in Theatre productions, SImex, (the emergency response unit where you will create moulage), Seastout (creating moulage for the forensic teams), fashion shows for the Hospice, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard the Victorian Christmas event in Portsmouth, to name but a few. We are regularly contacted with requests for help at new and exciting venues. You will need to be prepared to work some evenings and weekends when carrying out your work experience placements. All lecturers on the course have a wealth of experience within the industry and through demonstrations, presentations and workshops, we will ensure that you are introduced to the skills you need to pass your qualification and progress to your next steps in your career.

My teachers have always pushed me to achieve my best. I entered a competition at the College for the chance to be selected for the National Makeup Awards in Birmingham. This opportunity couldn't have given me a better start when entering the industry.

Rachel Turner, BTEC Level 3 Diploma