2 Year Makeup & Hair Diploma Course (BTEC & ITEC Level 3)

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Private Training Academy

Based at the famous Longcross and Elstree studios

Recommended for ages 16+ as a continuation of education from school, college or university. 

Enrolling now for Elstree Studios on 26 September 2022 and Longcross Studios on 03 October 2022.

About the Course

If you’re looking for the best possible makeup artistry course, Brushstroke’s 2 Year Makeup and Hair Course (BTEC, Level 3 Diploma) is it. This course is recommended for ages 16+ as a continuation of education from school, college or university. Based close to London at the iconic Longcross Film Studios and Elstree Film & TV Studios. This BAFTA scholarship eligible makeup artistry course offers thorough training for film, TV, stage, and fashion. It works in collaboration with the BBC encouraging diversity within the make-up and television industry through a training scheme. Over a period of just 6 terms, the course offers in-depth training from both studios. The subjects range from HD TV and fashion to sculptural prosthetics. Students must study the whole course, or individual terms, from either of our studio locations.

Career Focused Training and Experience in Makeup

You can be sure that this 2 Year BTEC Makeup 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.

If you’re looking to continue your studies, our 1 Year VTCT Hairdressing and Barbering Course is an ideal extension to this course. It will take you into the 3rd year of training, developing your skills, and increasing your employment chances even more.

With these fully rounded skills as a makeup artist, you will move confidently from individual performers to crowd scenes, from period to contemporary looks.

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Course Fees


Deposit: £3,000

Fees: Deposit + 6 termly payments of £4,000

 Makeup Kit Included

* deposit is part of the total fee


Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts (Make-Up) + Optional ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Makeup.

Duration: 2 years full time

Course Dates Longcross Studios:

3 October 2022 to 11 July 2024

2 October 2023 to 10 July 2025

Course Dates Elstree Studios:

26 September 2022 to 4 July 2024

25 September 2023 to 3 July 2025

Times: Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 16.00 

Fees: Deposit £3,000 followed by 6 termly payments of £4,000.

Interest free payment plans are available on all our full time BTEC and ITEC courses.

You will NOT be required to pay the full fees before the start of the course.

A deposit is required to secure your place, followed by the remaining balance divided into termly payments or instalments spread over the duration of the course. 

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 (VTCT) or 1 Year HND Level 5 Diploma. 

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Skills Learnt on the Course

Media Makeup and Hair

During the first year we teach you the most important makeup skills that are expected within the industry, starting with sessions of anatomy and skin care and moving on to basic tv presenter make ups. You’ll also study essential hairstyling techniques, wig dressing, fitting plus wig making. We’ll teach you ways to achieve various period makeup and hair work suitable for period drama.

Airbrushing and 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.

Advanced Fashion Makeup

We spend time on the 2 Year makeup artistry course helping you sharpen your makeup 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

Special Effects Makeup & 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.

Hair styling and Extensions

The versatile makeup 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 all current variations of hair extensions. This means you’ll understand shape and form, as well as the correct use of different products, tools and equipment.

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.

Makeup and Hair Diploma Courses

1 Year Hairdressing, Barbering & Colouring VTCT Level 2 Diploma

HND Level 5 Diploma: Performing Arts- Make-up

7 Month Makeup & Hair Course (ITEC Level 3 Diploma)