Level 3

Theatrical and Special Effects, Hair and Media Makeup


1 year


Barking Campus - Technical Skills Academy


Sep 2022




Media makeup

Ideal if you've already completed Level 2 Media Makeup but you want to put your skills to work in TV and theatre, this course will give you the skills you'll need to produce stunning effects, face and body art.

On this course you'll:

  • Learn makeup techniques for day, evening and special occasions
  • Learn a range of makeup within the creative industries, including photo shoots and body art
  • Create character makeup
  • Enhance your face & body art skills
  • Apply cosmetic camouflage makeup
  • Enhance your overall design skills
  • Study hair styling and beauty units
  • Theatrical and special effects
  • Create makeup for cuts, bruises and burns
  • Create casting prosthetics and bald caps

You'll need to complete both written assignments and practical observations, as well as online exams.

Students will also build a portfolio of evidence throughout the course.

You'll need to have undertaken training in media makeup or a similar subject. You must have 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A* - C). You'll also need a Level 2 in Media Makeup.

The tutors on this course have outstanding knowledge and experience from working in the professional makeup industry, as well as valuable industry links to help you gain an insight into the industry.

There are many opportunities for you to work in realistic industry environments, thanks to our commercial salons.

You'll have many opportunities to showcase your work at college events, including our annual Inspiration Day and Festival of Success. There are also opportunities for overseas work experience, as part of our Erasmus+ partnership, for eligible learners.

You could consider moving on to an holistic beauty therapy course at the Rush Green campus or, become employed in the theatre, film or TV world, or become self-employed in this expanding industry.

Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.