West Thames College London

Theatrical Media Makeup - VTCT Level 3 Intensive Diploma

This exciting, intensive 1-year makeup course will enable you to develop the essential skills needed for a career in specialist makeup.

Key course features


VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects and Hair and Media Makeup

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Adults (aged 19+) with a passion for the makeup industry.

About the course

You will study:

  • Basic airbrush skills
  • Media makeup
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Fashion makeup
  • Photographic makeup
  • How to apply basic prosthetics
  • Creative hair styling
  • Facial hair and Bald Caps
  • Health and safety
  • Client care.
Additional opportunities

There will be a trip to a cultural city abroad and visits to local and West End theatre productions. You will have the opportunity to compete in national makeup competitions including World Skills and you will attend the International Makeup Artist Trade Show at Alexandra Palace. These visits will incur additional costs but financial assistance may be available.

You may wish to attend work placements in hair salons, theatres or with makeup artists. Communication between the college and industry enables employers and tutors to work together, enhancing your progression and quality of training.

How will I be assessed?

Through continual assessment of practical and written work, some multi choice paper testing of knowledge, tasks and assignments. All students must be available for the yearly external verifier visit.

Where next?

You can progress to the HND or HNC in Specialist Makeup, or into employment in hair salons, as a makeover demonstrator, or in TV or in the media as a trainee makeup artist.

Entry requirements

You must be 19 years old or over and have 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-5 (including English and Maths). Alternatively, you may have a Level 2 qualification in Hair & Beauty or Art & Design, plus 2 GCSEs at grade A*-C / grades 9-5 in English and maths or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths. You must have a passion for the makeup industry and some makeup or hairdressing experience would be helpful. You need to be able to work well with people, have good manual dexterity, and good design and presentation skills. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Please visit our Advanced Learner Loans page for more details or call 020 8326 2015.

You will also need to purchase kits, a logbook and uniform (£532.30) plus an optional airbrush (£66.30). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Ashley Zac Coyle

    HND Specialist Makeup

    Ashley Zac Coyle

    “The tutors are industry professionals and their knowledge of the makeup industry is incredible. Throughout the two years on the course, I’ve built up lots of confidence and learned so much about makeup. I’ve also had the opportunity to be part of the makeup team for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and was selected by Greg Cannon for the United Makeup Artists Expo.”



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