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Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry (Level 3)

Key course information

Hair and Beauty

03/09/2020

1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview


This qualification is aimed at you if you are looking to work in the theatrical and media make-up industry. The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry provides you with specialist practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or progression within the theatrical and media make-up industry.


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What will I learn?


This qualification covers a very wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in the beauty and spa therapy industry.

These are compulsory areas:

• Cutting and styling techniques for performers
• Avant-Garde hair and make-up
• Creative make-up design for productions and industry demands
• Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
• Special effects make-up
• Create, dress and fit facial postiche
• Body art for competition

Additional areas include:

• Camouflage make-up
• Media make-up blogging
• Create, cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps
• Costume design and prop making
• Wig dressing, fitting and maintenance

Entry Requirements


To enrol on this course, you must have successfully completed a Level 2 Certificate in Hair & Media Make Up Artistry or equivalent industry experience is a recommended entry requirement.

Work experience in the industry is essential for Level 3.

Your application will need to be supported by a reference from your tutor, good record of attendance and an interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

One externally set, externally moderated practical assignment.
One externally set, externally marked theory exam.

6 hours of home study is required per week.
60 hours of work experience

You will be assessed working on models in the Aspire Academy of Hair & Beauty salons throughout the duration of the course.

Final qualification: Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry

Achievement of this qualification will allow you to progress into employment or onto a Level 4 qualification in Advanced Techniques or Management, such as: Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector - Theatrical and Media Make-up. Alternatively, you could progress into Higher Education and go on to study subjects such as Theatrical and Media studies, Fashion and Photographic Degree or an Art Degree at University.

Additional Costs and Information


A kit and uniform will be required (discussed at interview).

In cases of financial hardship funds may be available to help with the cost of this.

We also arrange educational activities and competitions as part of the course which may incur an additional cost.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Hair and Beauty


Career Opportunities

  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Beauty Therapist

  • Special FX Makeup Artist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon/Spa Owner

  • Beautician

The UK Beauty industry is valued at £28.4bn

Over half of hairdressers and barbers in the UK in 2019 were self-employed.

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