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Beauty (Theatrical, Special Effects & Media Make-up Artistry) Level 3 at North Kent College

Course description

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Artistry provides you with specialist practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or progression within the theatrical and media make-up industry. 
This qualification is aimed at you if you are looking to work in the theatrical and media make-up industry. 

Units include 

Cutting and styling techniques for performers 
• Avant-Garde hair and make-up 
• Creative make-up design for productions and industry demands 
• Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps 
• Special effects make-up 
• Create, dress and fit facial postiche 
• Body art for competition 
• Create, cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps 
• Wig dressing, fitting and maintenance 

This course includes the opportunity to take part in an industry placement in a sector relevant to your qualification and study programme. The placement will take place 1 or 2 days per week on the days when you are not in college studying. Industry placements are designed to give you the skills to start work at the end of your studies, progress into an apprenticeship, or to add to your UCAS statement.

Entry requirements

A Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up is the recommended entry requirement. 


To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments: 
• one externally set, externally moderated assignment 
• one externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions 
• one portfolio of creative work 
• Optional unit assessments as required.

Financial information

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £3300

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £100

Other Costs (payable by all students): £60 Material fee contribution and £40 Trip

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Future opportunities

Opportunities include progress into employment or onto a Level 4 qualification in Advanced Techniques or Management, such as: 
Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector - Theatrical and Media Make-up. 

Alternatively an additional opportunity could be progress into Higher Education and go on to study subjects such as Theatrical and Media studies, Fashion and Photographic Degree or an Art Degree at University. 

Further information

Please contact the College

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: A9D156Q
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  • Number of planned places: 20