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

This 2 Year Make-Up & Hair Course, based at the famous Shepperton film studios, will start your career as a properly trained artist in film, TV, stage, and fashion.

Enrolling Now for 28 September 2020.

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About the Course

Brushstroke’s 2 Year Makeup and Hair Course (BTEC, Level 3 Diploma) is based close to London at the iconic Shepperton Studios. This BAFTA scholarship eligible course is thorough training for film, TV, stage and fashion. Over a period of just 6 terms, the course offers in-depth training from both studios in subjects ranging from HD TV and fashion to sculptural prosthetics. Students must be able and willing to study the whole course or individual terms from either of our studio locations. 

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.

If you’re looking to continue your studies, our 1 Year Hairdressing and Barbering Course is an ideal extension to this course. It will take you into a 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.

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 & Hair 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.

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 are accepting a 50% deposit for our 2020 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 (ITEC) or 2 Month Barbering (ITEC)

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