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Theatrical & Media Make-Up Level 3 Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Makeup Artistry is an intensive course that gives you an introduction to the many avenues of makeup artistry and therefore is a great starting point to guide people into the areas that are most suitable for their skills and interests.

Course content

The course includes a variety of makeup subjects and requires students to complete research projects and practical applications for the following units: Fashion and Photographic Makeup including bridal, catwalk, commercial, editorial, airbrushing and fantasy fashion creations. Media Makeup including special effects, use of ready made prosthetics, casualty effects such as burns, cuts and wounds - creating characters for stage and film, period makeup and science fiction characters. Body Painting, from face and hair to full body. Hair and Wigs including various styling and setting techniques for fashion, stage and TV. You also complete essential studies in Camouflage Makeup - Health and Safety and Professionalism and Communication in the industry. Underpinning all these subjects is Creative Studies which incoporates the development of a research sketch book.

Entry requirements

Four GCSES at grade C or above - ideally English and Maths and any art related subject is an advantage, and/or successful completion of Level 2 Makeup or Level 2 Beauty Therapy qualification. Potential students must attend an interview and provide a recent satisfactory reference. Also potential students with previous experience in art, media, film, theatre and fashion will be considered.

The course develops students skills for a career path in Retail, TV, Film, Theatre and Fashion make-up professions. These creative industries are highly competitive, and are most suitable for individuals that are very passionate about makeup artistry and want to develop and mature into professional makeup artists'. The course requires students to attend every lesson and a 100% commitment to developing and practicing your makeup skills, knowledge and understanding through critical research, consistent independent technical practice. Students are required to complete a number of research projects and essay's at level 3 in preparation for your final assessments. This full time course runs over 3 days as contact time in class and students are expected to undertake additional study outside of lessons. Students will also be expected to stay until 8:30pm one night which represents industry expectations


There are 10 units in this qualification and each unit requires the completion of a written research project. On completion of written research projects, you will prepare for your final practical assessments in term 3 by researching and developing mood boards which are presented to your assessor. During practical assessments you will be questioned about the various aspects of your work and expected to demonstrate accurate knowledge and understanding about various aspects of makeup such as the products used, application methods, safety considerations, research undertaken etc. Each assessment must be documented through photos and is prepared and presented in a portfolio which is submitted for the qualification. The course is PASS/FAIL - however there are in class opportunities and incentives to achieve and merits and distinctions for your work.

Financial information

Students are required to pay via the college Wisepay system for kit that includes the purchase of a uniform and a quality Charles Fox Makeup kit.

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

As soon as you start this course it is important to start thinking about what you want to do after you complete it! It takes many years to develop your career in makeup artistry and gaining work experience such as assisting a professional makeup artist in either fashion, TV or film is the industry standard in starting you off in the right direction to build your confidence and contacts while developing a CV and professional level portfolio. Further studies are recommended for those who would like more time and guidance to extend their skills. Popular foundation level and degree level makeup courses at university are highly competitive and generally require that you have a foundation degree in art. If you are interested in the creation and application of advanced level prosthetics for film and TV then studies in fine art, drawing and sculpture are essential.

Further information

There is also a professional photo shoot at the end of the course

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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