Funding information: Please contact the college for funding information.
Duration: 1 YEAR
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

If you have creative ability, an interest in developing and researching make-up design ideas and want to pursue a career as a professional make-up artist this is the perfect course for you. It covers all aspects of make-up techniques to provide access to film,television, stage, photography and other media. You will explore and develop skills in media make-up, camouflage make-up, fashion and photographic makeup, applying prosthetic pieces, applying air-brush make-up to the face and designing and applying face and body paint. You will need to be prepared to work in and out of class to build an extensive portfolio of your work.

During this course you will be asked to carry out work experience that is relevant to the subject you are studying. This is with an external company and allows you to put what you will learn in the classroom into practice. It will also help you to develop a variety of different skills. Upon completion of the course and the industry placement, it can also help you to secure an apprenticeship, employment or assist you with your application for university. We recommend that you start thinking about your placement as soon as you have applied for your course and consider potential employers you may want to undertake the placement with to help you get the most out of the experience. For further information and advice on industry placements please contact the industry placement team on wex@chesterfield.ac.uk

Course Content

Modules 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. Optional modules include: Camouflage make-up, Media make-up blogging, Creating and casting small prosthetic pieces and bald caps.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 2 media make up qualification is required as well as Maths and English GCSEs at C/4 grade.

Assessment Methods

  • practical exams
  • theory exams


This course can provide a pathway to employment in a related industry such as fashion, TV, film, print media, retail or as a freelance make-up artist. Alternatively it could lead to Higher Education.