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Make-up for Media (SEG Level 2 award)

This highly practical and comprehensive 30-week course (Level 2 – Accreditation) covers a wide selection of technical and specialist modules within the field of make-up for media.

Course overview


Autumn term
Wednesday 6 October – Wednesday 8 December 2021
Saturday 13 November

Spring term
Wednesday 26 January – Wednesday 30 March 2022
Saturday 5 March

Summer term
Wednesday 6 April – Wednesday 8 June 2022
Saturday 21 May

30 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00
3 Saturday sessions (1 per term) 9.30-16.30

Alice McGee


Course details

Whether you are pursuing a career in the make-up industry, exploring a second career option or thinking of furthering your studies into higher education, this course will allow you to build a solid foundation of learning and understanding. You will develop and apply specialist skills and techniques creating a range of make-up designs and hair artistry expressions.

During the course, you will be encouraged to develop your creativity and practice new skills and techniques with others on your course. This will allow you to understand how to work with different face and eye shapes, increase your awareness of skin types and textures, realise a design or client brief, whilst developing your practical application techniques.

During the three immersive terms, you will be guided through multiple topics in which to focus on; expanding your knowledge, increasing your skill level in creative make-up applications and design, working in a professional environment, health and safety aspects and communication skills. You will also develop research and ideas to showcase your own make-up and hair artistry designs.

As your skills develop, you will explore the professional practice and how to work to a client brief. The course takes place in a realistic, comfortable and professional working environment offering the opportunity for progression into the make-up arena or further learning. Through a series of talks, demonstrations, specialist workshops with expert teaching support, you will develop your professional understanding, practical skills and construct a portfolio to showcase your skills and talent.

Please note, the course commences October 2021, after which it is not possible to enrol part-way through this 1-Year programme.

  • Make-Up theory
  • Professionalism
  • Beauty Make-Up
  • Historical Make-Up
  • Hair Artistry techniques
  • Concept Make-Up
  • Editorial Make-Up
  • Working in a Backstage environment
  • SFX Make-Up
  • Postiche application
  • Prosthetics Application
  • Ageing Make-Up
  • Body painting/Face painting/ Camouflage techniques
  • Creating a portfolio and Building a Professional Kit

The course aims to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of what it takes to be a successful make-up artist
  • To develop research, analytical and self-assessment skills
  • Enable you to increase your confidence in make-up application through expert support, experimentation and creativity
  • Provide learning to develop your understanding of a wide variety of practical make-up application techniques suitable for day, evening and special looks
  • Provide information on the health and safety aspects of make-up artistry and working in a professional studio environment
  • Enable you to independently plan and realise your designs and receiving feedback from professionals
  • Provide you with the essential skills to move into the professional arena or apply for FE/HE enhanced studies

Students who complete this 1-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria shall be awarded a ‘Level 2’ Skills & Education Group certificate.

We recommend you complete the Professional Make-up Techniques- An Introduction course or have an equivalent understanding of the subject: please contact the Short Course team if you wish to clarify if this course is appropriate for you.

The minimum age for this course is 19 years.

Your own set of professional Make-Up brushes (at least 10-12) and brush cleanser, personal Skincare: makeup remover/wipes, cleanser, toner and moisturiser, Hygiene: Tissues, cotton wool/buds, disposable mascara wands and lip applicators and personal Make-Up (primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blusher a wide range of eyeshadow colours, eye and lip pencils, mascara, lipsticks and glosses, brow products and strip and individual lashes)

Some additional materials will need to be purchased during the course depending on personal projects, however, basic additional materials will be supplied and included in the course fee.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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