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Theatrical & Media Make-Up Level 3 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This qualification is for students who have the basic knowledge, understanding and skills gained by completing a level 2 qualification in make-up artistry. If you are determined to pursue a career in make-up for media, this course provides you with the opportunity to further develop you knowledge and skills and to learn new skills of special effects for film and media. The Academy has 2 new media make up studios that give you opportunity to practice your skills in an exciting working environment.

Course content

You will study media make-up at an advanced level practice and theory. This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for theatrical and media make-up and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries. Topic areas include;

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Cosmetic make-up science
  • Media make-up
  • Style and fit postiche
  • Photographic make-up
  • Anatomy and physiology for make-up services
  • Airbrush make-up
  • Cosmetic camouflage
  • False eyelash application
  • Special effects make-up.

Alongside increasing your knowledge, understanding and specialist skills, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, problem solving and research skills and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (C or above), including Maths and English (or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2), or successful completion of a Level 2 course (achieving a merit or above and completing Functional Skills Maths and English). If you have not already achieved a Level 2 or GCSE grade C or above in English or Maths, you will be expected to work towards a qualification as part of your vocational course. This will increase your chances of employment or progression onto higher education. You will be assessed and put onto a suitable course which will enable you to achieve a qualification. Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager


You will be assessed using a variety of methods including graded synoptic teacher assessment and examinations.

Financial information

You will be expected to further develop your tool kit of brushes and most materials will be provided. You will be expected to purchase a make-up/special effects kit with materials for your own use (approximately £100-£150). Further details will be available on application.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this qualification you will be able to progress directly into employment in the theatre, film, print media, photographic studios; beauty and/or hair salons; independent/self-employed/mobile/home based settings; product manufacturing and training. Alternatively you may like to progress to higher education or study the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Theatrical and Media Make up Techniques here at college.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

The college is committed to ensuring that all students benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement whilst at college and we will support you to obtain a placement in a relevant vocational setting, enabling you to gain a taste of a real life working environment.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Various trips are organised throughout the academic year relating to the Media Make-Up industry. We also arrange for visiting guest speakers to come in and talk about their specialist area or their world of work. There will also be opportunities to work on live briefs for example providing make-up artistry for large events.

Are there any links with industry?

This is a college based course and your learning will be enhanced by engaging with employers. You will have the opportunity of  participating in workshop sessions that are provided by industry professionals throughout the academic year. This is to ensure that you are able to experience the latest techniques first hand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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