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Production Arts (Make-up) BTEC Diploma Level 3 at Fareham College

Course description

This advanced specialist course is for artistic students who wish to work as a Hair and Make-up Artist within the TV, film, theatre or fashion industries. 

The course offers specialised skills such as special effects make-up, prosthetics and wig making. 

It is suitable for those who wish to progress onto University or other specialist courses to study at a higher level.

Course content

The course covers a wide range of disciplines that include:


  • Make-up for performers (TV, film and fashion)

  • Airbrushing (face and body)

  • Special effects make-up

  • Prosthetic application

  • Body painting

  • Character design and application methods

  • Period make-up design and application

  • Hair styling and dressing for performers

  • Theatrical make-up and hair styling

  • Fantasy hair design and styling

  • Wig maintenance and styling

  • Wig making

  • Production arts workshop to support in performance

  • Production for theatre performance


Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade A* – C including English and maths. 
  • GCSE Art is desirable or an Art portfolio is required to demonstrate artistic skill. 


You will develop creative sketchbooks to demonstrate your research and design process as part of your assessments, written assignments also form a portion of this qualification. 

You will build a unique professional portfolio of work to demonstrate your creativity and skill. 


Financial information

You will need to purchase the hair and make-up kit that supports your study using professional brands and products currently used in industry.

Future opportunities

On completion of this qualification you would look to progress into Higher Education to study this specialism further. 

Continuous training is a feature of this profession if you want to develop a specialist career. 

This qualification will provide you with a skills set for potential employment as a Trainee Hair and Make-up Artist, Wigs Assistant, Bridal Hair and Make-up Artist or a Make-up Artist for cosmetics companies such as MAC and Bobbi Brown.

Further information

You will be asked to organise your own models for assessments and showcase work.

This will also include independently sourcing work experience opportunities through local theatres, events and embracing experiences offered to you as part of your course. 

This may include working some evenings and weekend but the dates will be provided in advance. 

There will also be educational visits to the theatre, Charles Fox, exhibitions and workshops (additional cost).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2016

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