West Thames College London

Specialist Makeup

We are one of the world's best colleges for Specialist Professional Makeup courses with an outstanding international reputation. To get a place on our Makeup courses, you must apply early and have an excellent portfolio. We run some of the best Makeup courses London has to offer.

We have exceptional success rates and many of our students are snapped up to work for the BBC, West End theatre productions, retailers such as Bobbi Brown, film productions and photoshoots for top magazines.

You'll get to work in our professional makeup studios and theatre, and learn from professional and award-winning teachers who have extensive industry experience.

Key Facts:

  • Our students have won the prestigious IMATS competition 5 times and the World Body Painting Championships twice!
  • Take part in UK and overseas exhibitions such as Clothes Show Live, IMATS and WorldSkills London 
  • Our students were chosen to do the makeup for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies
  • Fantastic industry links with Illamasqua, MAC, Makeup Forever, L'Oreal and Charles Fox, ensuring that students use the best products.

Makeup Courses

Full Time Courses
Beauty Therapy and Makeup - Level 2 Level 2
Hair and Media Makeup Studies - Level 2 Level 2
Makeup Design and Hairstyling - Level 3 Level 3
Theatrical Media Makeup - Level 3 for 16-18s Level 3
Production Media Makeup - Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4
Part Time Courses & Apprenticeships
Fashion Makeup Techniques Level 1
Indian Bridal Hair Makeup and Mehndi Level 1
Theatrical Media Makeup - Level 3 Intensive Level 3
Specialist Makeup - Higher National Diploma (HND) Level 5

IMATS 2015



  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.”




Hair and makeup design graduation show from Simona Zineviciute

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