Makeup Courses

Start Date
Full Time

This one year intensive higher education course enables you to develop awareness of the media industry, learn the technical skills required to work as a specialist hair and makeup artist and build a professional portfolio. You will have practical sessions and theory through business and production management. The course focuses on working in the media industries of fashion and live performance, including aspects of the film and television industry. You will study current trends makeup and editorial hair, character theatre makeup, body painting and special effects.

  • 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:

    • Current Trends in Hair and Makeup
    • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts (Theatre Makeup)
    • Design Exploration for Makeup in Performance Arts (body painting & final project)
    • Mask Design and Construction (final project)
    • Creative Arts Professional Practice (theory)
    • Managing a Creative Business (theory)
    • Production Management in the Creative Arts (theory)
    • Creative Arts Research Skills (theory)
  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    Up to £1,500 hair and makeup kit.

  • Entry Requirements

    Demand for places is extremely high. You will need to have at least one A level, BTEC or VTCT Level 3 or Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or an equivalent qualification in hair, makeup, and/or art. Mature students with a suitable background will also be considered. You will be required to bring a portfolio of your work to the interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 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 Pre-Raphaelites, Emma and Strictly Come Dancing and films including Harry Potter, St Trinians 2 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. 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 such as the World Body Painting Championship in 2007 and 2009 and the International Makeup Artist Trade Show competition in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Please note that this course is a one year intensive programme and it does not offer a direct progression route to the HND programme.

  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is continuous throughout the academic year and is in the form of photographic work, log books 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

Course Fee £5,900.00

Full Time

Level 4

Location Isleworth

Start Date 27/09/2021

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

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