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

Key course information

Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies

28/08/2020

1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview


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.This qualification is aimed at you if you are looking to work in the theatrical and media make-up industry.


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What will I learn?


This qualification covers a very wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the Theatrical and Media Make-up 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 units 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 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up or equivalent industry experience is a recommended entry requirement.

Work experience in the hair and media make up 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


You will be assessed working on clients in the Aspire Academy of Hair & Beauty salons.

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

One externally set, externally moderated assignment

One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions

6 hours of home study is required per week.

60 hours of work experience

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

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, Beauty and Complementary Therapies


Career Opportunities

  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Salon Manager

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Therapist
  • Make-up Artist

61% of people working in beauty are aged 16 – 34

58% of people working in hairdressing and barbering are self-employed

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