Makeup Courses For Film, Stage, and TV Makeup Artistry.

If you’re an aspiring makeup artist, the professional makeup courses at our London based studios will help you find your niche in film, TV, stage or fashion. 

Makeup Courses

10 Week Media and Hair Makeup Course

Module A – Media Makeup and Hair

On this makeup course you will learn simple hair and makeup techniques for film, TV, and stage. On this course, you’ll develop your skills in period makeup and hair, learning iconic looks for each period and using real hair lace wigs from our extensive wig stock. You’ll also learn camouflage make-up including covering tattoos and balancing skin tones while developing your business Skills in continuity, script breakdown, budgeting, and CV writing.

  • Fees: £5,000 inclusive 
  • Deposit: £1,000 Balance of £4,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement
  • Longcross Studios Dates – 19 October 2020 to 7 January 2020
  • Elstree Studios Dates – 8 March 2021 to 13 May 2021
  • 2 Weeks Special Effects Makeup Course

    Module B – Special Effects Makeup (2 Weeks)

    Learn direct applied make-up special effects techniques using a range of specialist products and flat moulds to create a variety of realistic wounds and injuries.

  • Fees:£1,500 inclusive
  • Deposit:£500 Balance of £1,000 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement
  • Longcross Studios Dates – 11 January 2021 to 21 January 2021
  • Elstree Studios Dates – 8 March 2021 to 13 May 2021
  • 1 Week Hair Knotting Course

    Module E – Airbrushing and Editorial Techniques (1 Week)

    Learning how to knot a moustache, dressing and application of facial hair

    Fees: £750 inclusive Deposit: £250 Balance of £500 to be paid 6 weeks prior to course commencement Longcross Studios Dates: 25 January 2021 to 28 January 2021 Elstree Studios Dates: 1 June to 3 June 2021

    2 Year Makeup Course

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

    Deposit: £4,000

    Cost: £13,000 per year

    Start Dates: Enrolling now for Longcross Studios (30th November 2020 or 4th October 2021) Elstree Studios (27th September 2021)

    1 Year Hair Dressing and Barbering Course

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

    Deposit: £3,000

    Cost: £9,000

    Start Dates: Enrolling Now For 30 November 2020 to 26 August 2021 and 04 October 2021 to 14 July 2022

    7 Month Hair & Makeup Course

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

    Deposit: £2,500 

    Cost: £10,500

    Start Dates: 19th October 2020, or 20th September 2021 (Longcross Studios) or  18th January 2021 (Elstree Studios)

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

    A makeup course can help you whether you’re an aspiring makeup 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 makeup artistry for you.

    At Brushstroke makeup school  you’ll get all the proper makeup training that you need to succeed, and you’ll gain qualifications  that will set you up for work in the industry. Whichever 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 provides you. If you’re tempted by taking taking on short beauty courses, we’d like to offer you more substantial training for a more exciting, fulfilling and successful career.

    Students must be available to attend classes at Shepperton Studios, Pinewood Studios or any other location that Brushstroke operates from. This may include the complete course, individual terms, modules, work experience and day trips.  This ensures familiarity and experience of different working studio environments and locations.

    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 your 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 crowd room. And you’ll be in your element with continuity.

    Once you’ve moved on from trainee and progressed through 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 makeup 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 on 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 specialise 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.)

    What do we teach, what will you learn?

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

    We’ve boiled it down to 20 critical things you could learn on our make-up courses.

    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
    3. 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!
    4. Tattoo someone (temporarily)
    5. Develop your people skills and really help an actor prepare
    6. Be a professional hairdresser and barber
    7. Go beyond being a beautician in a salon
    8. Be a make-up and hair artist all rolled into one
    9. Interperet any period of history – from the 18th century to the swinging 60s
    10. Make someone look authentic – whether its fantasy or austerity

    11. Apply makeup so expertly, HD can’t reveal a single flaw
    12. Open up your creative side
    13. Pander to your organisational skills
    14. Trim a beard (hipster or Philip of Spain)
    15. Work on drama, comedy, sport, reality, fashion or music
    16. Work on location, in a studio, fashion show or festival, in a field or diving suit, in the dark or under bright lights
    17. Develop into a highly skilled and respected professional makeup artist
    18. Enjoy being part of a team
    19. Be speedy but accurate
    20. Have the confidence to succeed

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

    Where could our makeup 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, theater and photographic shoots – which one fits you?

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

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