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

This MULTI-AWARD WINNING study programme will prepare you for work in the make-up industry as a professional make-up artist.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway

    Media Makeup

You will gain skills and knowledge in media make-up including applying small ready-made prosthetic pieces and bald caps, postiche, theatrical make-up airbrushing, fashion and photographic make-up, creative style and dress hair, face and body art.

This qualification is approved and supported by HABIA, the standard setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa qualifications.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Those who have already achieved a Level 2 Hair and Media Make Up, Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing qualification who are looking to specialise in the industry or gain an additional qualification.

Excellent facilities with an excellent level of tuition from highly qualified teaching staff.

This award winning course achieves high success rates with students going on to exciting careers within the make-up industry.

Watch our students do a costume media makeup demonstration


  • Working in beauty related industries
  • Health and safety working practices
  • Media make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Face and body art
  • Airbrush make-up to the face
  • Creative hairdressing
  • Style and fit postiche

The course is delivered via theoretical and practical sessions using e-learning, text books, interactive learning, Q & A and practical demonstrations and peer work progressing to working on our external client base.

Work experience during studies is mandatory. We have guest speakers and training workshops from well-know make-up companies.


Home study for health and safety and client care units in the form of 2 or 3 hours per week alongside initial delivery.

Unit exams with option to complete assignments in place of exams as required. Graded practical assessment.  Research, design planning throughout for practical and assessment.

Progression directly into industry.  University progression (some courses may require a one year Level 4 Foundation in Fine Art). 

You need to have a level 2 qualification in Hair and Media Make Up, Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing, plus Maths and English Language GCSE at grade 4 or above

Additional course costs – Kit / uniform approx. £580. Other course related fees – £50

Work placements within the make-up industry are compulsory throughout the study programme.

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Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Years of teaching experience

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