It’s the power to change your appearance and the power to change how you’re seen. It’s the power to shape how you feel, and how people feel about you. Take it to the next level and makeup is the power to shape the very world that we see.
With Theatrical and Media Make-up at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement* – we’ll help you learn to develop that power and gain skills in professional-standard make-up and special effects make-up.
We offer a wide variety of Theatrical and Media Make-up courses for 16-18 year olds, including Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up, Hair and Make-up Artistry and more. If you want to become a certified make-up artist and tv, film, media and theatre make-up artist, we have a full range of make-up artistry qualifications to get you there - from Level 2 to degree-level qualifications with our partners UCEN Manchester.
We also offer a range of adult short courses aimed at those aged 19+ which run throughout the year. These courses are designed for all skill levels to help you further your experience and education, learn a new hobby, or expand your career opportunities.
Our Theatrical and Media Make-up courses are offered at our Harpurhey (Level 1 - Level 3 courses) and Wythenshawe (Level 1 - Level 3 courses) campuses.
*As per the latest Government National Achievement Rates Tables (NARTs)
Explore your creativity in the heart of Manchester
Explore our degrees in Make-Up & SFX.
Megan Goodall • Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry
I started my work placement at MUTV in September, doing the hair and make-up for the presenters. It was a big confidence boost. I was turning up on location on my own for the first time, meeting new people. I really enjoyed it.
Emily Swift • Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry
When I decided to go to The Manchester College it was a total career change, but I’ve always been interested in make-up and hairstyling. The College prepared me for working on a film or TV set. I learnt set etiquette, the different terminology used on set and how to read a call sheet which was invaluable when I was in London.
In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.Learn more
In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.Learn more