Makeup Artist Courses at London Film and TV Studios

Find the best makeup artist courses at our London based studios. We will help you find your niche in film, TV, stage, or fashion. From our 2 Year BTEC Course in Makeup to an HND Level 5 Diploma in Makeup and Hair, there’s a whole range of training courses to choose from.

Full-Time Makeup Courses in London for Careers in Film, Fashion, Stage, and TV

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

This BTEC and ITEC Level 3 Diploma Makeup Course is our most thorough and comprehensive makeup artist course at Brushstroke Makeup School, London.

Deposit: £2,000

Cost: 6 termly payments of £4,000

Start Dates: Enrolling now for Longcross Studios (4th October 2021) Elstree Studios (27th September 2021)

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

This ITEC level 3 Diploma Course can be taken as a full 7 Month Module, or as separate short courses in makeup.

Deposit: £1,500 

Cost: 4 Instalments of £2,250

Start Dates: 20th September 2021 (Longcross Studios) or 18th January 2021 (Elstree Studios)

1 Year Hair Dressing and Barbering Course (VTCT Level 2)

An intensive VTCT Level 2 course taught by Toni & Guy trained tutors to complete your training as a versatile artist

Deposit: £1,500

Cost: 3 termly payments of £2,500

Start Dates: Enrolling Now For 04 October 2021 to 14 July 2022

Short Courses in Media Makeup and Special Effects (SFX)

10 Week Media Make up and Hair Course

Elstree: 8 March 2021 to 13 May 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £5,000 inclusive.

Deposit: £1,000 Balance of £4,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement

2 Week Special Effects Make up Course

Longcross: 11 January 2021 to 21 January 2021

Elstree: 17 May 2021 to 27 May 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £1,500 inclusive.

Deposit: £500 Balance of £1,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement

Short Courses in Airbrushing & Editorial Techniques, Fashion Makeup and Bridal Makeup 

1 Week Airbrushing and Editorial Techniques Course

Longcross: 15 February 2021 to 18 February 2021

Elstree: 21 June 2021 to 24 June 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £750 inclusive.

Deposit: £250 Balance of £500 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement.

10 Weeks Fashion Make up and Hair

Longcross: 22 February 2021 to 29 April 2021

Elstree: 28 June 2021 to 2 September 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £5,000 inclusive.

Deposit: £1,000 Balance of £4,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement

2 Week Bridal Makeup and Hair Course

Longcross: 4 May 2021 to 13 May 2021

Elstree: 6 September 2021 to 16 September 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £1,500 inclusive.

Deposit:  £500 balance of £1,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement.

Short Courses in Hair Knotting, Hairdressing and Barbering

1 Week Hair Knotting Course

Longcross: 25 January 2021 to 28 January 2021

Elstree: 1 June 2021 to 3 June 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £750 inclusive.

Deposit: £250 Balance of £500 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement

2 Week Basic Hairdressing and Barbering Course

Longcross: 1 February 2021 to 11 February 2021

Elstree: 7 June 2021 to 17 June 2021

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 10:30 – 16:00

Fees: £1,500 inclusive.

Deposit: £500 balance of £1,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement.

How Can A Professional Makeup Course Help Me In My Career?

A makeup course can help you whether you’re an aspiring make up artist, or someone interested in makeup artistry and looking to work in areas such as film, TV, stage, or fashion. If you’re leaving school or looking to change your career, we’ve got the right courses in make up artistry for you.

Whether you’re an aspiring makeup artist, or someone interested in makeup artistry, there is a range of professional makeup courses to help build your career. At Brushstroke, we offer both full-time makeup courses (BTEC and ITEC diplomas) as well as short courses aimed at entry-level makeup artists and those looking to enhance certain areas of their careers in film, TV, stage, or fashion. If you’re leaving school or looking to change your career, we have the right courses in makeup artistry for you.

At Brushstroke makeup school you’ll get all the proper make-up training that you need to succeed, and you’ll gain qualifications that will set you up for work in the industry. Whichever makeup course you choose (be it our 2 Year Makeup Course (BTEC and ITEC Level 3 Diploma) or 7 Month Makeup Course (ITEC Level 3 Diploma) you’ll get excellent tuition, hours of training, and a set of valuable skills that provide you with a good foundation for a successful career.

While Instagram and YouTube are great ways to introduce you to makeup (and keep you up to date with the latest ideas and products) there’s no substitute for well-structured training. That’s the type of training that Brushstroke makeup courses provide you. If you’re tempted by taking on short beauty courses, we’d like to offer you more substantial training for a more exciting, fulfilling, and successful career.

How Do I Start a Career As a Makeup Artist?

Makeup artistry suits all sorts of personalities – there’s something for everyone. On the one hand, it’s a fairly structured profession with obvious career progression. On the other hand, you get the chance to push the boundaries and satisfy any desire you might have to be creative.

It’s also a great people industry. You’re always part of a team – even when you’re head of makeup. You also have the chance to shine and be recognised for your work. This is especially true if you’ve been on the right makeup course and clearly have the right training behind you.

The variety of work is pretty impressive. TV alone offers a huge range from drama and comedy to reality and presenter-based shows. Film opportunities are equally numerous with blockbusters, documentaries, and independent productions always in the pipeline. Then there’s the stage with opera and musicals while fashion offers you photoshoots and the catwalk. Or you could work in the corporate world on videos and studio shots.

In our makeup classes, we teach our students to be open-minded so you really do find your niche. Are you happy to travel or do you want the security of working on a continuous soap? Does your destiny lie in SFX and prosthetics? Maybe you’re an organiser in which case you’ll love working in a crowded room. And you’ll be in your element with continuity.

Once you’ve moved on from trainee and progressed through an assistant to ‘artist’ in your own right, where next? With the right makeup training behind you, it could easily be the designer role should you wish.

For more information see our article on 10 top tips in choosing the right makeup course.

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Why are some make up courses better than others?

Not all makeup courses give you the training you need, so you need to be selective. For example, we teach hair skills in our courses because we know that when a makeup designer is putting a team together they want good all-rounders. Being able to cut and style hair could get you selected above anyone else for a makeup job.

The best makeup courses reflect the needs of the industry – it’s as simple as that. Makeup courses are everywhere, so how do you choose? This quick checklist is a good guide for choosing the right makeup course:

  1. Tutors– are they makeup artists currently working across different parts of the industry? Do they specialize in what they teach (SFX, fashion, hair, etc)?
  2. Syllabus– are the makeup classes well-structured with the right balance of practice and theory?
  3. Industry relevance– do the makeup courses give students excellent employment prospects
  4. Qualifications– could you graduate with recognised BTEC and ITEC qualifications?
  5. Facilities– are they well equipped within an inspirational environment?
  6. Atmosphere– do you get a good feeling when you visit?

(Brushstroke makeup courses tick every single one of these boxes.)

Where could our make up courses take you?

Our makeup courses can help you find your niche in film, TV, stage or fashion

Uni not for you? Bored with your job? Mad about beauty? Time to talk to us about our makeup courses.

Our Tutors

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

Leaving School?

Leaving school at 16 means you can train as a makeup artist with Brushstroke.

Changing Career?

Changing career to become a makeup artist is within your reach – with Brushstroke training behind you.

Makeup Artist Roles

There’s a range of makeup artist roles to chose from. From film and TV to stage, theatre and photographic shoots – which one fits you?

16 critical Things you Could Learn From a Brushstroke Makeup Course.

Whichever Brushstroke make up course you choose, you’ll learn more than the essentials. Our BTEC and ITEC courses in makeup, for instance, will gain you a recognisable qualification. The longer courses will equip you to start work as a makeup artist.

  1. Break down a script to understand what kind of make-up is required for each actor in the production (and it could be 100s if there’s a crowd involved)
  2. Create impressive prosthetics – start with a nose, finish with a complete character. There’s a whole set of skills we’ll teach you to master your career.
  3. Learn special effects (SFX) makeup – if you’ve ever wondered how to create realistic cuts and wounds, fake blood, burns, and scars, here’s your chance to learn. Brushstroke offers courses on how to do just that.
  4. Transform the look of someone – age them, make them bald, give them more hair, make them look tired, glamorous, injured, from another era, another planet even!
  5. Apply temporary tattoo makeup – you’ll learn how to tattoo someone (temporarily)
  6. Prepare actors for sets – you’ll develop your people skills and really help an actor prepare for a set.
  7. Build your professional hair skills – you’ll learn to be a professional hairdresser and barber
  8. Go beyond the beauty salon – You’ll learn skills that will enable you to take your career well beyond the average beauty professions.
  9. Combine hair and makeup Skills – you’ll learn to be a make-up and hair artist all rolled into one
  10. Interpret period makeup artistry – you’ll learn to interpret any period of history from the 18th century to the swinging 60s
  11. Design authentic makeup – whether it’s fantasy or austerity, fashion or Halloween makeup, you’ll learn how to create a realistic and authentic look. 
  12. Enhance your creativity – you’ll try new ideas, themes, and creations that you’ve never thought possible but always wanted to do.
  13. Build confidence – with hours of training you’ll become confident in your work and you’ll know how to do it at pace.
  14. Work Calmly at Pace – you’ll learn the skills and gain the proper training to cope at pace with high-pressured settings. This means you’ll be able to create makeup for film, TV, and stage performers expertly and at pace and really thrive in your career.
  15. Work with Wig Stock – Brushstroke has 65’000 wig stock split between our two studios providing you with ample training experience. 
  16. Learn The Career Avenues  – from working on location, in a studio, at a fashion show or film festival, in a field or diving suit, in the dark or under bright lights., on a drama, comedy, sports show, reality TV show, fashion show, or music festival, there are numerous ways to build your career in makeup.

Come and visit us with an open mind and we’ll find the makeup course to suit you.

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