Course Details

  • This Level 3 qualification is based on the national occupational standards for theatrical and media make-up and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries.

    Throughout this qualification, you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety and knowledge, understanding and skills to provide a wide range of creative make-up services in media, theatre, and fashion and photographic settings.

    You'll also learn how to style and fit hair pieces and apply false eyelashes as well as develop an understanding of the related cosmetic science that underpins the subject. In parallel, you'll will develop your communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills - all of which are valued highly by employers - while learning about the career choices that are open to you and building confidence in working within a team and preparing for employment..


  • Learners are required to have a grade 4 or above in maths and English or equivalent qualifications

  • You will be on a course where assessment of practical observations supports your programme of learning. You will build a portfolio of evidence and assessed through practical assessment, exams and assignments.

  • Progress on to degree-level study with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship. Click Here to explore courses and apply.

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  • There may be some additional equipment costs.Learners are required to purcases kits that will support them with completing this course. (please ask for the price on enrolment) All learners are required to ware a uniform chosen by the department at a approximat cost of £40, closed toe black shoes must also be worn. If you’re not sure about how to afford college, there are a number of support options that could help you. These include special grants and bursaries, reductions in fees, and loans just for education.

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