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This course will not be running September 22/23

Level 3 Theatrical Media Make-up

This course is designed for those people interested in a professional career in Media Make-Up in the studio or theatrical environment.

You will gain a qualification Diploma in Theatrical, Special effects and hair and media make up.

Possible progression options include:

  • Specialist Hair and Media Make-up BA (Hons) / FdA
  • Postgraduate Degree in Effects Make-up and Hair Design
  • Foundation Degree (FD) Media Make-up
  • Special Effects Make-up and Hair Design

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC).

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a professional theatrical media make-up artist, learners may choose to further develop their skills base by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, these include:

  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management(QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling (QCF)

Course Content

Topics Covered

  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector.
  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces bald cap.
  • Media Make
  • Apply prosthetics
  • Airbrush
  • Camouflage Make Up

Summative Observations are related to all units/topics covered. You will be supervised by technical staff and assessed on your occupational competence.

The external paper will test your knowledge of all unit / topics knowledge criteria. A pass mark of 70% must be achieved.

Entry Requirements

A Level 2 qualification in Hair & Media Make-Up, or another relevant qualification.


Successful completion of the course can lead to employment opportunities in media make-up, magazines, video, theatre, film and television.

Career opportunities as a theatrical media make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Professional make-up artistry working with performers
  • Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios
  • Media/theatre make-up artist
  • Beauty and/or hair salons
  • Independent / self-employed / mobile / home based settings
  • National Health Service
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Hospitals/care homes
  • Product distributor and trainer