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Theatrical, Special Effects & Media Make-up Artistry Technical Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

The art of creative make-up for the theatre and film industry is an endlessly fascinating field of study. With modern techniques and materials, you can conjure up extraordinary effects, if you have the know-how and skills. This study programme covers all practical application of media make-up, SFX and creative hair styling for the theatre, television and advertising.

Course content

You will be introduced to the secrets of all aspects of media make-up, including the art of body and face painting, photographic make-up, special effects make-up such as cuts, bruising, ageing, prosthetics and bald caps. You'll also learn about creative hair design and use of wigs. The essentials of working with other technical areas and performers in the industry and health and safety are also looked at in depth.

Entry requirements

Four D's at GCSE to include English & Maths

To apply for this study programme you must have already completed a full Level 2 in Make-up Artistry or Beauty Therapy, or another recognised qualification.


Throughout the qualification, a range of theory and practical assessments will support your learning and test your knowledge and skills development. You will be taught by industry professional staff within our brand new modern commercial salons.

On-going assessment is by multiple choice question tests that you complete online, as well as working on clients to gain competency and confidence within this speciality field.

Throughout the qualification we will also be working on the development of your Employability Skills as well as your Maths and English.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the course you will be invited to continue your studies with us. Should you wish to take an alternative route you can study further and specialise in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, or Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques. Equally, you are now ready to work within the industry as an Assistant, to the Senior Make-up Artist or you can apply to university.

Further information

Our brand new Lifestyle and Tourism Centre, opening 2016, is home to our state-of-the-art nail bar, hair salon, beauty salon, tanning room, spa room (including sauna, steam room and hot tub), make-up room and training salons.

Q. Will I have to wear a uniform?
A. On your first day, you will come in your own clothes, you will then be expected to wear all black until your uniform arrives.
Once you have your uniform, you will be expected to wear this at all times except in GCSE or Functional Skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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