Level 3 Diploma in Theatre, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Further Details


College 16-18,Adult


Hair & Media Make-up

Course Start Date

Monday 2nd September 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 1 Year

Course Time

Course Fee

£ 3345.00
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Course Overview

UK creative industries generate more than œ100bn a year to the UK economy and employ more than 2m people. This course offers you the technical and creative grounding you’ll need to become part of this expanding sector. The course provides a balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of Hair and Media Make-up Studies, where you will research and discuss a range of media looks, special effects and develop the advanced skills of a make-up artist.

With expert guidance you will develop your practical skills in theatre, special effects, hair, and media make-up to a high professional industry standard.

During practical lessons you will take part in a range of demonstrations, workshops, discussion, and research activities presenting and communicating your ideas through practical work and a portfolio ‘look book’. Theory classes will involve developing your knowledge through discussion and answering questions in preparation for written examinations.

Course Requirements

4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above (including maths and/or English Language).

What you will Learn

Learn from our industry-renowned hair and make-up team, our excellent industry connections mean that you will have a wealth of opportunities for work experience, placements, and visits. Practical and creative skills will be developed alongside an in-depth knowledge of theatre, special effects, and media make-up. This course will immerse you into the exciting world of theatre, special effects, hair, and make-up design.


You will be assessed continually throughout the course by practical assessments, research assignments, portfolio ‘look book’ and final written end exams.

A minimum of 36 hours work experience which is integral to the course and is assessed as part of the practical element.


Progression to a Foundation Degree in media Make-Up Studies.

What else could I do?

Our students have an excellent record of success with careers prospects that include:
Freelance make-up artist
Theatre make-up artist Film/TV make-up artist Make-up designer
Working on cruise ships
Photographic make-up artist
Bridal make-up artist
Retailing including Counter Manager

Career Options

Hair Stylist, Special Effects Theatre Artist, Make Up Artist

Mandatory Units

Mandatory units for this course are:

Working with colleagues
Health and safety in the workplace
Creative hairdressing
Face and body art
Fashion make-up
Aircrush make-up
Media make-up
Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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