West Thames College London

Theatrical Media Makeup - Level 3 for 16-18s

This exciting, intensive 1-year makeup course will enable you to develop the essential skills needed for a career in specialist makeup. You may also study Functional Skills or GCSE English and maths.

Key course features


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

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people (aged 16-18) 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 wigs
  • Health and safety
  • Client care.
You may also study Functional Skills or GCSE English and maths.
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

At least 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C / grade 9-4 (including English and Maths), or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or distinction with functional skills in English and maths. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to purchase kits, a logbook and uniform (£532.30) plus an optional airbrush (£66.30). Students progressing from the Level 2 course will need to purchase kits and logbook (£395.30) plus an optional new uniform (£39) and 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.”



  1. Home
  2. About Us
  3. Courses
  4. Higher Education
  5. Apprenticeships
  6. Courses for Business
  7. News
  8. Events
  9. Jobs
  10. Contact Us

Return to top

Top toolbar

Return to top

Search website form

Return to top

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Youtube
  4. RSS
Back to top
Mobile site / Standard site