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Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3

University College Birmingham
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
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Program description

Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3

If you’ve ever dreamed of working in hair and make-up for film, TV and theatre, this is the course for you. Our Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up college course will teach you the specialist techniques you need to get started on your way to an exciting career in a range of creative and dynamic industries.

Our Level 3 media make-up course covers every aspect of advanced make-up techniques for stage and screen alongside other media purposes. Studying in our cutting-edge make-up studios at University College Birmingham, you will learn basic hairdressing, media make-up, wigs and postiche, character make-up and special effects, as well as casting, creating and fitting prosthetic pieces and applying airbrush make-up.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • Ideally, you will require 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above and a relevant Level 2 qualification, preferably in one of the following subject areas: Theatrical and Media Make-up, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Art and Design, Theatre Studies, History, Performing Arts, Media/Film Studies, Fashion, Photography and Costume Production.
  • We also welcome applicants who are able to present an in-depth portfolio at interview. Places offered will depend on the standard and depth of the portfolio provided (at the lecturer’s discretion).
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the make-up and hairdressing industry.

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Program content

Topics you will study

  • Hairdressing Techniques for Media Make-up
  • Providing Wigs and Postiche for Media Make-up
  • Preparing and Providing Character Make-up
  • Providing and Removing Special Effects and Media Make-up
  • Good Working Relationships with Colleagues, Artistes, Subjects and Production Teams

Teaching and assessment

Assessment takes place in a range of realistic working environments, including shows, competitions and theatre productions. You will also be required to complete written papers.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration :1 years full-time
  • Course Start : September (2021)

Tuition fees

Course fee for the course Level 3 Diploma - £3,345


Thanks to our excellent links with the industry, you will have the chance to gain real-life experience on work placements with theatre companies and a range of other practical opportunities. On completing the course, you will have a wealth of options for working within the industry or taking on further study towards your ideal career.

Career opportunities

There were many opportunities to utilise, in industry and to help you excel your business. Explore, learn and grow, and gosh, they give you room to grow.

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

  • Make-up artist - Average Salary: £21,161
  • Freelance make-up artist - Variable
  • Camouflage technician for NHS - Variable
  • Make-up/hair artist for TV/theatre - Variable
  • Make-up artistry lecturer - Average Salary: £39,239
  • Sales associate - Average Salary: £21,849

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About this institute

University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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Why study at University College Birmingham

Why Choose Us?

Your choice of college or university will play an important part in shaping your career and fulfilling your ambitions.

It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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