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 Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up Studies, Make-up Artistry and Hair and Media Make-up. 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 and include courses such as Stand Out Eyes Masterclass, Asian Bridal Masterclass, and Lash and Brow.

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 National Achievement Rates Tables 21/22

Can you reach your potential in Theatrical and Media Make-up? You can with us!

Make it possible today, view our range of Theatrical and Media Make-up courses and apply to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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Aged 19+? Apply now

16-18 courses

If you’re 16-18 and you've obtained the necessary entry requirements, you'll have the opportunity to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical and Media Make-up.

Our Industry Excellence Academy programmes have been co-developed with industry partners. This means you’ll benefit from courses that are aligned with current industry skills demands as well as a range of industry-level activities such as masterclasses and lessons delivered by industry experts, visits from guest speakers at the forefront of the industry and ‘live briefs’ to industry standard.

Alternatively, you'll join our Centre of Excellence for Theatrical and Media Make-up which brings together some of the best industry talent, expertise, resources, learning and career opportunities to develop a new generation of industry professionals.  

If you want to become a certified makeup artist, we have a full range of Makeup Artistry qualifications to get you there - from Level 2 Diplomas to Bachelor’s Degrees.  

Whether you’re studying Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up Artistry or Level 3 Fashion, Theatre and Media, we’ll share current industry practise with you, provide you with practical experience, and give you the opportunities you need to develop your skill, talent and connections – and help you launch your career in Theatrical and Media Make-up.

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Adult courses

If you’re over the age of 19, we offer a range of courses and short courses throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, you want to explore the hair, beauty or make-up industry or you’re already in the industry and want to add a new treatment to your repertoire, our courses are suitable for all ages and abilities.

We offer adult courses in a wide range of specialist areas including Stand Out Eyes Masterclass, Asian Bridal Masterclass, Lash and Brow and much more!

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With a wealth of experience across the Make-up industry, our team are perfectly placed to support and guide you to a successful career.

You’ll learn from their experiences running and owning their own salons as well as working with some of the leading brands in the industry.

Passionate about teaching the next generation of Make-up professionals, they are constantly ensuring their knowledge and skills are up-to-date by continuing to work in industry and by attending skills sessions from well-known salons and brands.

Get to know some of our tutors:

Lisa Breakey - Head of Department (Harpurhey)

Lisa has more than 30 years’ experience working and teaching in the industry having worked as a hairstylist and head hairstylist as well as a wig stylist providing services for TV, theatres and the NHS.

Lisa has dedicated over 15 years to teaching a range of hair and media make-up programmes at further education level and is focused on ensuring each learner receives an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as the next generation of stylists, therapists and business owners.

Sian Gorton - Media Make-up Tutor

Sian is a passionate hair and make-up tutor with 11 years’ experience teaching learners from Level 2 up to degree level, with a focus on Level 3 Technical Special Effects skills.

Sian started out at MAC before moving into agency work and weddings, and has been a freelancer for the last 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in Make-up Artistry and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs.

Our Theatrical and Media Make-up courses are taught at our Harpurhey campus in North Manchester and our Wythenshawe campus in South Manchester.

At both campuses you’ll train in professional, fully stocked salons at our Studios of Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up where you’ll hone your make-up artistry and customer service skills before putting what you have learnt into practice working with real paying clients.

In our studios you’ll have access to professionally equipped makeup studios and photography studios, and industry standard make-up and special effect materials and tools, including products from leading brands like KRYOLAN, Fenty Beauty, NYX and Kat Von D.

North and South Manchester Studios of Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up

Get a fresh cut, a trending style, an amazing make-over or enjoy a relaxing pampering session from the next generation of hairdressers, barbers, make-up artists and beauty therapists in our fully equipped, state of the art studios.

Open to students, staff and members of the general public.

For more information, to request a treatment price list or to book an appointment or consultation call:

North Manchester Studio of Hairdressing

Harpurhey Campus, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, Manchester, M9 4AF

Tel. 0161 674 3254

South Manchester Studio of Hairdressing and Beauty*

Wythenshawe Campus, Brownley Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 9UH

Tel. 0161 674 8231


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Go further with our Centre of Excellence for Adult Education and study a 19+ adult course starting in 2023/24! 

Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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Megan Goodall

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.

Megan Goodall • Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry
Emily Swift

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.

Emily Swift • Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry

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.

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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.

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