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L3 Theatrical and Media Make-Up Level 3 | Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up

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The Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up Studies is a specialist vocational qualification. If you have an artistic nature and a love of the theatrical, this course will equip you with industry knowledge, understanding and skills. This course develops your practical skills to become a professional make-up and hair artists, creating looks for your portfolio across in fashion, theatrical and media make-up styles. This course covers a broad range of subjects, including core units: • Fashion photographic make-up • Media make-up • Camouflage make-up • Airbrush make-up • Fantasy hair design for performers

How will I know how I am doing?

You will be assessed through observation of practical assessments, assignments and examinations. Experienced tutors will closely monitor and guide you through techniques to ensure you are meeting and exceeding industry standards. You will have personal, one-to-one tutorials to review your progress regularly.

What do I need to join?

You will need three GCSEs at grade 4 (C), including English. Successful applicants must have a genuine passion and creative flair for make-up artistry. Applications are welcomed from candidates who have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in art and design or a related discipline, including those who have AS/A-level qualifications in an art or design-based subject. You should demonstrate a genuine interest in theatrical and media make-up and hair. Life experience will be considered for mature applicants.

How will I learn?

This Level 3 course is based at our Filton campus, located in South Gloucestershire which is easily accessible from the city of Bristol by train (Bristol Parkway / Bristol Abbey Wood) and bus. As well as our Stroud campus in the centre of Gloucestershire, surrounded by the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The campus is a short walk from Stroud train station and easily accessible by bus.

Previous work

Maths & English

You will be given the opportunity to improve and advance your skills in both subjects, enabling you to progress in your studies or career. For students who have a GCSE grade 3 (D) or below in Maths, you will work to improve your grade alongside your course. You will study at a level suited to your knowledge and understanding.


From this course, you can gain freelance employment in the theatre, TV and film and photographic industries. Other career paths include working with fashion and cosmetic companies as a promotional make-up artist.

Work Experience

It is recommended that you gain work experience in this area through voluntary work or part-time employment to give you greater insight into the industry. You will also be involved behind the scenes on SWADA productions within the College.

What can I do next?

You may go on to Degree studies in specialist Make-up.

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course information last updated: Tuesday 25th January 2022 @ 8.30am (5 hours ago)

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Full-Time 2022-2023

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