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Media & Theatrical Make-Up BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Seevic College

Course description

Learn the secrets of Special Effects (SFX) Make-up on this BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, which can be studied as part of your A-Level programme.

This course will prepare you for a cosmetics career in the entertainment industry or progress to a specialist Make-up School.

You will study Make-up application techniques, as well as the context and theory behind Make-up applications in film/TV and theatre. You will also experiment with a range of SFX Make-up techniques; discovering how to sculpt, mould and cast your own prosthetics.

Course content

Year One:

  • Production Arts Workshop (core)
  • Make-up Application and Creative Uses for Performance (core)
  • Special Effects Make-up
  • Period Make-up

Year Two:

  • Full Body Make-up
  • Mask making for Performers
  • Make-up using Prosthetics

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

  • Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.

    If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • A media, art or design GCSE at grade C/4 or above is preferable.
  • In the absence of this you will be required to present a portfolio of artwork to a member of our team as part of the interview process.


You will build a portfolio of practical application photos and theoretical assignments, along with sketch pads for research and face charts. You will be taught through a sequence of projects that encourage you to develop your skills and understanding. You will be assessed by coursework and on-going in class assessment. 

Financial information

You will need sketch pads, a lever arch folder and plastic pockets; we would also suggest that you invest in a personal colour printer, and be aware of the approximate kit costs below:

 Year One:

  • Basic kit – £50 (first term)
  • Basic SFX kit – £50 (second term).

 Year Two:

  • SFX kit – £50.

Future opportunities

This course will equip you to undertake a variety of Make-up and SFX occupations for the stage and screen.

Further information

  • ou will grow your portfolio, skills and confidence, in order to succeed in the industry across a range of disciplines.
  • Upon completion of the course you will have designed and applied a range of full body make-up techniques including: prosthetics, full fabrication and costuming.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2018
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