Makeup Courses

Start Date
Full Time

This one year intensive higher education course enables you to develop awareness of the makeup industry, learn the technical skills required to work as a specialist hair and makeup artist and have the opportunity to work with a professional photographer. The course focuses on working in fashion and live performance, including aspects of the film and television industry. You will study current trends, period makeup and hair, body painting and special effects, as well as theory based units to give you a well rounded foundation to enter employment.

  • About the Course

    You will develop specialist hair and makeup skills whilst building a professional portfolio. This is a vocational study programme with an emphasis on practical learning in hair and makeup.

    You will study:

    • The Performing Arts Industry
    • Art and Design Contextual Studies
    • Professional Development
    • Specialist FX
    • Costume Construction
    • Body Painting
    • Current Trends
    • Period Hair & Makeup
  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    You will need a budget for hair and makeup kit.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to have at least a Level 3 or equivalent qualification in hair, makeup, and/or a related subject. Mature students with a suitable background will also be considered. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    The HNC equips the graduate with the skills and knowledge required for a career path into the fashion, film, television, media and retail industries as a makeup artist, a special effects makeup artist, a wig or makeup designer.

    Recent graduates of West Thames have worked as freelance makeup artists for BBC productions such as Waking the Dead, The Crown, Emma and Strictly Come Dancing and films including Harry Potter, Call the Midwife and Cinderella. Graduates have found work as Wig assistants at the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, and for West End theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Billy Elliott and Dirty Dancing, Prince of Egypt. Graduates have become successful retail makeup artists for top cosmetics companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and Illamasqua Cosmetics.

    West Thames students have also won prestigious international makeup artist competitions.

    Successful student progress onto the HND programme.

  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is continuous throughout the academic year and is in the form of photographic work, blogs and research.

How to Apply

Please apply via or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+,Higher Education

Full Time

Level 4

Location Isleworth

Start Date 02/10/2023

BTEC (EdExcel) Higher National Certificate JACS Code: 4J56 Institution Code: W65

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