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Diploma in Theatrical and Special Effects Make-up

The art of creative make-up for the media industry is an endlessly fascinating field of study. This Media Make-up study programme covers all the practical application of makeup for fashion, SFX, film, television and advertising.

You will be introduced to all aspects of media make-up, including:
– Historical hair and makeup
– Full body art
– Catwalk make-up
– Avant grade make-up
– Bridal make-up
– Photographic make-up
– Use of prosthetics and bald caps for character creation

You will learn about creative hair design and the use of hair additions and wigs. In addition, you will look at working in all areas of the industry, blogging, promotion, health and safety, product use and the evolution of cosmetics.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB139 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 1 Year
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Course details


You will be assessed through an external 2 hour 40 minute examination and by externally moderated practicals covering the different types of media makeup. You will be taught by industry professional staff within our modern commercial makeup room.

Throughout the qualification, we will also be working on the development of your skills for employment and will be expected to take part in work experience linked to the range of makeup covered. If you need to retake your maths and English you will need to continue with these classes.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto a Level 3 programme, you must hold at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English language.

To apply for this study programme you must have already completed a full Level 2 in Media Make-up Artistry.

Direct entry may be considered for mature students with an appropriate level of qualification or vocational qualifications in linked areas.


Following successful completion of the course, you will be invited to continue your studies with us. Should you wish to take an alternative route you can study further and specialise in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, or apply to attend university, with the relevant entry grades. Equally, you are now ready to work within the industry as an Assistant to the Senior Make-up Artist.

Facilities and resources

Our Lifestyle and Tourism Centre is home to our state-of-the-art nail bar, hair salon, beauty salon, tanning room, spa room (including sauna, steam room and hot tub), make-up room and training salons.


Q: Will I have to wear a uniform?

A: On your first day, you will come in your own clothes, you will then be expected to wear your uniform in all practical sessions.

Q: Will I need the kit?

A: The kit contains specialist products so that you can practice at home and is essential for the course

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB139 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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