About this course
If you want a career working with hair and make-up in the entertainments industry this course is for you. You will work on live projects such as the Pantomime, a live action horror maze and create gruesome creatures and casualty scenes for live exhibitions. You will gain a wide variety of practical skills in hair and make-up.
In Year 2 you will learn more advanced skills including life casting and airbrushing. You will also learn how to establish yourself as a self-employed make-up artist, giving you the business knowledge and the skills to promote yourself in the industry.
This exciting career-led course covers the application of specialised make-up and synthetic hair for theatrical and media purposes. The course is a balance of practical work and theory based work.
You will put the workshop skills you learn into practice and document your progress in sketch books to document evidence in order to complete the units on this course.
Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:
- The main subject qualification
- Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
- English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
- Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.
Earn up to 168 UCAS points#
#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades
What you will learn
- Special effects
- Hairstyling and make-up through the eras
- Creating hair and make-up designs for live performances
- High fashion
- Research projects
- Collate materials to produce a sketchbook and portfolio of your work
- Marketing and production planning
- Wig making
- Full-body airbrushing
- Life casting
- Prosthetic moulding
- Create fantasy head dresses for catwalk
- Management of hair and make-up departments
- Touring experience
If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.
- 5 GCSEs grades 9-4/A*-C (including English, maths and preferably science), OR
- Level 2 in Art & Design, Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy (with GCSE English and science grade 9-4/A*-C)
You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.
Dates, times & fees
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- HNC in Art & Design at City College
- Degree at university
- Employment in hair and make-up industry
- Work as a freelance make-up artist
Trips, visits & activities
- Trips to local theatres
- Industry shows and exhibitions
- IMATS exhibition
- Harry Potter Studio tour
- Work experience
- Industry week activities
Due to health and safety regulations all students are required to purchase and wear in all practical sessions a full uniform which consists of tunic, trousers and closed toed shoes. These are purchased through the College suppliers to ensure a high standard of presentation in our Kudos Hair and Beauty salons.
If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.
Georgia MorrisTheatrical Hair & Media Make-Up Tutor
Georgia has always had a passion for hair and make-up. She studied at Southampton Solent University, achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Make-Up and Hair Design. She is a qualified hairdresser and has worked freelance in bridal, fashion, film and theatre. Over the years Georgia has gained a wealth of experience in the industry, working as a professional hair and make-up artist at Grange Park Opera House, on the Sound of Music UK Tour, plus the UK and European tour of Evita