VTCT Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Studies Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Enhanced Part Time Part time learning for 12 hours a week (sometimes more) with availability to grants.

Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
10 January 2022


Tuesday to Thursday


20 weeks

In a nutshell

Makeup artists devise and apply make up to convey a sense of drama whether in a film, theatre, photograph or music video. The complexity and type of design will vary depending on the production and character but good makeup artists can execute a wide range of looks across genre and period.

Working as a makeup artist, you'll find that there is no defined progression route. The freelance nature of the profession means that you may move between trainee makeup assistant, makeup artist, chief makeup artist and designer roles depending on your experience.

This course is for...

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

Course content

As a make-up artist, you're 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 they're involved in.

During the course, you'll learn basic hairdressing techniques and specific media make-up skills including:

  • Makeup for stage (an optional award)
  • Dressing Hair
  • Lash and Brow tinting
  • Fashion make-up
  • Photographic make-up
  • Period make-up
  • Nail Art
  • Face painting
  • Body art design

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

  • Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup Studies
  • Appropriate supporting qualifications to broaden your skill set and meet the needs of industry

Entry Requirements

To enter the course, you’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification AND a creative flair or evidence of art work.

Applicants without the minimum GCSEs will be considered based on previous experience or other qualifications.

You’ll need to be self-motivated, hardworking, numerate and have a friendly personality. Work related experience is a compulsory part of the course and includes work placements in theatre settings.

Additional information

The course will run over two and a half full days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning).

Dress code and appearance is a very important aspect of 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 as a condition of your place on the course. The cost of this is £45.00. The kit for this particular course will be provided free of charge.

All costs are under review and subject to change.

Crosskeys Campus
(Enhanced Part Time)
Start Date: 10 January 2022

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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