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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

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. Either a Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up or equivalent industry experience is a recommended entry requirement. This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16. A well-groomed and professional appearance is essential as you will be working with the public and need to present a professional image. Great importance is also placed on reliability requiring regular attendance and punctuality. You will be advised of any materials you will need to purchase for your course when you attend the Welcome Event/Progression interview. This qualification covers a very wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in the theatrical and media make-up artistry 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

Optional 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

Entry to the course requires 4 GCSEs at grade A*- C to include English or maths (new grading 9-4 for GCSE Maths and English).
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The programme opens up career opportunities as a hair and makeup artist in the fashion world, television or other media areas, usually working freelance.  There are also opportunities available for progression onto Higher Education and further study either at HND or degree level, depending on prior experience and qualifications.  

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary advanced technical skills to be employed as a theatrical Make-up Artist.

This qualification could lead to a job as a:

• Theatre make-up artist
• Film make-up artist
• TV make-up artist
• Make-up designer
• Product developer
• Entrepreneur

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Saturday 4 March 2017 9.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 4 May 2017 5pm-8pm
Saturday 24 June 2017 9.30am-12.30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2017
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