Level 3 Course


Diploma in Production Arts (Specialist Make-Up)


Two Years – Full time

Hair & Beauty Promo Video

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths, or a full Level 2 qualification with a merit profile and grades 9-4 in GCSE English and Maths. Art is desirable or an art portfolio is required to demonstrate artistic skill. Applications are welcome from mature students.


This advanced specialist course is for artistic students who wish to work as a hair and make-up artist within the TV, film, theatre or fashion industries. It is also suitable for those who wish to progress on to university or other specialist courses to study at a higher level. The course covers a wide range of disciplines that include:

  • Make-up for performers (TV, film and fashion)
  • Airbrushing (face and body)
  • Special effects make-up
  • Prosthetic application
  • Body painting
  • Character design and application methods
  • Period make-up design and application
  • Period hair design and styling
  • Hair styling and dressing for performers
  • Theatrical make-up and hair styling
  • Fantasy hair design and styling
  • Wig making, maintenance and styling
  • Production arts workshops to support in performance
  • Production for theatre performance

You will develop creative sketchbooks to demonstrate your research and design process as part of your assessments; written assignments also form a portion of this qualification. You will build a unique professional portfolio of work to demonstrate your creativity and skill. You will also be required to purchase the hair and make-up kit that supports your study using professional brands and products currently used in industry. You will be required to take part in a range of work experience and trips related to your course.

Next Steps

You could progress on to our Foundation Art & Design course or into Higher Education to study this specialism further. Continuous training is a feature of this profession if you want to develop a specialist career. This qualification will provide you with a skills set for potential employment as a trainee hair and make-up artist, wigs assistant, bridal hair and make-up artist or a make-up artist for cosmetics companies such as MAC and Bobbi Brown.

For further assistance or speak to an adviser please call 01329 815 200