2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course
(BTEC Level 3 Diploma)

The 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course will start your career as a properly trained artist in film, TV, stage and fashion.

Next course:  2019 – 2021

Start date: 30 September 2019

2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course
(BTEC Level 3 Diploma)

The 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course will start your career as a properly trained artist in film, TV, stage and fashion.

Next course:  2019 – 2021

Start date: 30 September 2019

Training you to Move from Horror to Fashion Make-Up with Ease

Brushstroke’s 2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course (BTEC, Level 3 Diploma) is thorough training for film, TV, stage and fashion. Over a period of just 6 terms, the course offers in-depth training in subjects ranging from HD TV and fashion to sculptural prosthetics.

You can be sure that this 2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course is completely relevant for the entertainment industry. So if you want to enter the profession properly trained and eligible for the variety of make-up artist roles, this is the course for you.

Our 1 Year Hairdressing and Barbering Course is an ideal extension to this 2 year make-up training. Taking you into a 3rd year of training, you’ll be developing your skills and increasing your employment chances even more.

Course Content

Students on our 2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course start with the basics. Then we build up their knowledge and skills gradually to include a broad range of advanced effects and techniques. The syllabus includes these topics.

Media Make-Up & Hair

During the first year we teach you the most important make-up skills, including sessions on anatomy and skincare. You’ll also study essential hairstyling techniques and wig-making. This means your skills as a fully rounded artist are being developed early on so you quickly gain the confidence to move confidently from individual performers to crowd scenes, from period to contemporary looks.

Advanced Fashion Make-Up

We spend time on the 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course helping you sharpen your make-up and hair skills to create advanced high fashion looks for men and women. You’ll be focusing on creating looks and effects for photographic, editorial, catwalk and celebrity work. This part of the course will prepare you for projects ranging from stylised period and glamour to futuristic and avant garde.

Haircutting, Styling & Extensions 

The versatile make-up artist should also be a skilled hair stylist which is why our students spend valuable time on this topic. We teach key skills from hair cutting and barbering to styling, finishing and applying extensions. This means you’ll understand shape and form, as well as the correct use of different products, tools and equipment.

Airbrushing & Editorial Techniques

Airbrushing and the application of full make-up takes great skill so we take the time on the 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course to teach our students a variety of techniques for editorial work. For example, spray brush control, colour matching, highlighting and contouring are on the timetable along with equipment cleaning and maintenance.

Special Effects Make-Up & Prosthetics 

As a student on the the 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course, you’ll learn some exciting and impressive special effects make-up techniques. Using a range of specialist products, flat moulds and bald caps you’ll create different effects such as wounds and injuries. The prosthetics sessions will introduce you to life casting, sculpting and moulding to create 3D characters.

Business Skills

Our students get tips and advice to help them master the business side of their careers as make-up artists. So, for example, we teach them about continuity, schedules, script break-downs and studio etiquette. We also help them with their own business issues such as insurance and accounts, as well as self-promotion and how to create an excellent portfolio.

Course Dates

30 September 2019 to 8 July 2021

28 September 2020 to 14 July 2022


Course Checklist

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts (Make-Up)

Duration: 2 years full time

Times: Monday-Thursday, 10.30-16.00

Fee: £4,000 deposit followed by 5 payments of £4,400, plus the relevant board of examiner’s fee. We have the following payment option: pay 50% of the deposit (£2,000) and pay the remaining deposit fee (£2,000) by 31 March 2019

Methods of payment: Bacs, cheque, bankers draft and debit/credit card

Complementary equipment: Brushstroke Make-Up and Hair Kit

Study progression: 1 Year Hairdressing, Barbering and Colouring (ITEC) or 2 Month Barbering (ITEC)

Our Tutors

Proper professional training from our tutors will set you on the road to becoming a skilled makeup artist.

Makeup Artist Roles

Makeup artist roles differ depending on the industry - which one fits you?

Shepperton Studios

Our head office and main training facilities at Shepperton Studios create exactly the right kind of environment

Get in Touch 

Please complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch. We can give you more information over phone and send you a prospectus. If you like, we would also love to show you around our facilities and discuss more about the course options open to you.


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