VTCT Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Level

Level
3

Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time

Location

Location
Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
01 September 2020

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

You'll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include Art and either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language and to have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup/Theatrical Makeup. Direct entry onto this programme is possible if you have previous experience in the makeup industry.

In a nutshell

This is a dynamic and in-depth course into the work done and skills needed from a special effects make-up artist.

This course is for you if...

... You love all things hair and beauty
... You have a special interest in theatre and TV
... You’re creative and hardworking

What will I be doing?

Special effects makeup artists work with live models or performers to transform them into characters or creatures (usually for the purposes of an act or a play as described in film and TV scripts). Their work involves applying makeup and/or prosthetics to achieve the desirable theatrical effect.

The Theatrical Special Effects, Hair & Media Makeup course is ideal for you if you have an interest in theatre or film makeup, if you intend to follow a career in the industry and have achieved Level 2 Theatrical Makeup or have equivalent industry experience.

You’ll gain the skills you need to start a successful career in theatrical and media makeup and will learn about working in the industry. During your time at college there will be opportunities to attend work experience and participate in regional and national competitions.

This course covers:

  • Makeup for stage and film
  • Fantasy makeup
  • Character makeup
  • Prosthetics
  • Bridal and fantasy hair
  • Work placement (photo shoots, short films and theatre)
  • Air brush makeup and body art
  • High fashion
  • Face and body painting
  • Ageing for stage and film
  • Bald caps
  • Crepe hair beards and moustaches
  • Period makeup
  • Casualty effects
  • Camouflage and sex reversal
  • Asian bridal

You’ll be assessed via practical and online assessments, assignments and a portfolio of work. Upon completion, you’ll achieve:

  • Level 3 Theatrical Make Up
  • 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?

You'll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include Art and either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language and to have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup/Theatrical Makeup. Direct entry onto this programme is possible if you have previous experience in the makeup industry.

You’ll also be expected to attend a portfolio-review interview, where you will demonstrate your suitability for the course. In the interview you’ll present your portfolio and sketchbooks to the course team. Your work should demonstrate your ability to express and develop your ideas.

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 will be required to attend college until 7/7.30pm.

Work related experience is a compulsory part of the course and includes work placements in theatre settings.

What comes next?

Employment in the makeup industry through TV, theatre or freelance work or you can go onto higher education such as our HNC/D in Specialist Make-up at Crosskeys Campus.

Additional information

Code of dress:

  • Uniform
  • Hair must be neatly tied back off the face
  • No piercings
  • No jewellery other than a wedding ring is allowed to be worn in the salon

You’ll be expected to purchase a uniform, makeup kit and pay for trips as a condition of your place on the course at a total cost of approximately £556*

*All costs are under review and subject to change.



Where can I study VTCT Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up Level 3?

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

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

Call 01495 333 777 to speak to our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change

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