Level 3 - Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Code P05SPL3TSE101
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed makeup artist, providing hair and makeup services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries.

You’ll work with employers and undertake meaningful activity throughout this course to gain valuable industry experience.

You’ll develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide a wide range of creative make up services in media, theatre and fashion and photographic settings and learn a vast variety of hair styles and understand the related cosmetic science that underpins the subject.


You’ll study a range of topics including:
  • Designing and Creating Images for Fashion Shows and Photography Shoots
  • Airbrush Make-up
  • Face and Body Art
  • Cosmetic Camouflage
  • Specialised Media Make-up
  • The Application of Prosthetic Pieces and Bald Caps
  • Special Effects Techniques
  • Hair Skills - Creative Hairdressing Design Skills, Styling and Dressing Hair and Fitting Postiche
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cosmetic Science
  • Health and Safety
  • Research Skills
  • 32 Hours Work Experience over the Academic Year
  • English and maths (where applicable)

How will it be delivered?

Your courses assessments may include:
  • Practical assessments
  • Assignments
  • Portfolio of work
  • Work placement

Your next steps...

  • HNC/HND in Specialist Make-up