Make-up Artistry Level 2 Technical Certificate

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry offers a combination of practical and theoretical skills required to work within the industry.

The purpose of the Level 2 Technical Make-up Artistry programme, is to enable students to not only learn, improve and develop their existing skillset within the units, but also to ensure that we encourage them to become employable. It is imperative that all Level 2 students understand that they need to develop certain attributes in order to succeed in the industry.

There are many attributes that the industry require, such as resilience, confidence, pro-activity, commitment, motivation and confidence. Throughout the program, we will help the students to attain and improve these industry specific attributes to enable them to become more employable in the industry.

We learn a wide variety of skills throughout, which will help the students to decide on their career moves. From Level 2, students can progress to Level 3. Then university, employment or self employment.

As well as practical skills in hairdressing, make-up and body painting, we also encourage digital skills, website production, portfolio building and work experience.

Tutorials and wellness will also help to develop empathy and other attributes that make us more well-rounded individuals. Offering this varied curriculum will enable our students to develop all aspects needed to succeed in this very competitive environment.

Watch our students do a costume media makeup demonstration

Units as follows:

  • Unit 201 Principles of working the make-up industry
  • Unit 202 anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
  • Unit 203 Principles of researching, planning and showcasing designs
  • Unit 204 The art of applying make-up
  • Unit 205 Hair artistry
  • Unit 206 Creative make-up artistry

Mock and final synoptic exams*

Theory and Practical delivery. Practical assessment through observation and consultation within a salon setting. Theory to be delivered separately ensuring all key knowledge is delivered

Homework: Regular homework – assignments are required and regular revision tasks for each unit assessed.

Assessment – assignment / mock synoptic / end point exams.

Research, design planning throughout and for formal assessment.

Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up.  It is recommended to undertake Level 2 Hairdressing to gain all required skills for progression into industry.  University progression following Level 3 (some courses may require a one year Level 4 Foundation in Fine Art).  Level 3 can also lead directly into industry.

You will need to have GCSEs at grade 4 or above in both maths and English Language. A qualification in art is desirable

  • All students will need to undertake the required amount of work experience hours (currently a minimum of 20 hours).
  • Kit and uniform costs – £380 – £400.
  • Educational visits will incur separate costs and will be advised.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

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