VTCT Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
01 September 2020


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include either Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language; or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area.

In a nutshell

This course is designed for those with an interest in theatre or film make-up and specialises in developing the necessary skills to work in beauty salons and the world of film and theatre.

This course is for you if...

... You have aspirations of becoming a make-up artist
... You have a special interest in theatre or film
... You’re creative and hardworking

What will I be doing?

As a make-up artist, you are responsible for applying makeup and styling hair for people appearing in films, television programmes, photo shoots or live events like concerts, plays or fashion shows. Hairdressing plays a big part of this course and the industry employs multi-talented individuals who are able to apply makeup and style hair in one shoot.

Your job would be to create the look that the person needs for the type of production or event.

You'll learn basic hairdressing techniques and specific media make up skills including:

  • Makeup for stage
  • Ageing for stage
  • Special effects
  • Work placement
  • Wig making
  • Basic hairdressing
  • Using hair pieces
  • Fashion make-up
  • Photographic make-up
  • Period make-up
  • Face painting
  • Body art design
  • Nail art application

You’ll be assessed via practical and themed assignments, a portfolio of work and multiple-choice test questions. Upon completion, you’ll gain:

  • Level 2 Hair and Media Makeup
  • Appropriate supporting qualifications to broaden your skill set and meet the needs of industry
  • Skills Activities
  • English and Maths (if you haven't achieved a grade C or above at GCSE level)
  • Creative Enrichment Skills (community activities and demonstrations)

What is expected of me?

To enter the course, you’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language; or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area.

You’ll need to be self-motivated, hardworking, numerate and have a friendly personality. You'll be based on campus and there will be one evening a week where you’ll be required to attend college until 7.30pm. Work related experience is a compulsory part of the course and includes work placements in theatre settings.

What comes next?

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make Up, employment or further education.

Additional information

Dress code and appearance is a very important aspect to this course and we require you to adhere to the following:

  • Tunic with trousers and black sensible shoes must be worn in the salons
  • Hair must be neatly tied back from the face and make-up worn for a professional image
  • No visible piercings
  • Only a wedding ring is allowed to be worn in the make-up room.

You’ll be expected to purchase a uniform, makeup and hair kits and pay for trips as a condition of your place on the course. The cost of this is approximately £711*

*All costs are subject to change

Where can I study VTCT Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Level 2?

Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 01 September 2020

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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