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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up: Level 3

Course information

Course Summary

The Level 3 Diploma provides you with the specialist practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment within the theatrical and media make-up industry. A Level 2 Diploma or Technical Certificate in Hair and Media Make-Up is required to enable you to progress on to this Level 3 course.

Course Code:N4375
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up.
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

One year.

Course Detail

Mandatory modules which you will study include:

  • Working in the beauty related industry
  • Health and safety
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Face and body art
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Applying airbrush make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Style and fit postiche
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps


Online exams for each unit. Practical assessments throughout for 8/10 units. You will have to create mood boards as part of a portfolio and final assessments have to be done on a model.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

External work experience is a mandatory part of this course and as such students will be expected when required to work some weekends and/ or evenings - minimum of 30 hours.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,295

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Students will be required to buy a uniform, and a make-up and media make-up kit and hairdressing kit, which costs approximately £520.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 in Hair and Media Make up (either the L2 Technical or Merits at VRQ or equivalent) plus a grade 4 in English. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

You can progress on to a HNC/HND in media and special effects make up, or work in the media and theatrical industries.

Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/21