Theatrical Hair and Media Make-Up

Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3

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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

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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.


Theatrical Hair & Media Make-Up Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above (including English, maths and preferably science) 


  • Level 2 in Art & Design, Beauty or Hairdressing (with GCSE English and science grade 4/C or above)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
01/09/20 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • HNC in Art & Design at City College
  • Degree at university
  • Employment in hair and make-up industry
  • Work as a freelance make-up artist
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Trips to local theatres
  • Industry shows and exhibitions
  • IMATS exhibition
  • Harry Potter Studio tour
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities

Course costs

We strive to source the best value kits for all our hair, beauty and make-up courses. The kits required for this course contains everything you will need to embark on a career in the industry (approx. £587 in Year 1 and £120 in Year 2).

Consumables of £30 will have to be paid at first session of the course.

Due to health and safety regulations you will also be required to purchase and wear in all practical sessions a full uniform which consists of the following: tunic, trousers and closed toed shoes. Please note that 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.