VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up is a technical level qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed theatrical media make-up artist.

You will work with performers to a high level of occupational ability, providing hair and make-up services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries.

This is located in the Hairdressing and Applied Therapies (HAT) department.

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSEs Grades C or above (or Level 2 Beauty/Hairdressing qualification). Mature students require a successful interview.

  • Career Prospects

    The film industry in south Wales is extremely buoyant. This qualification will offer an exciting curriculum progression route onto HE pathways such as: HNC/HND creative make-up studies and also BA (Hons) in Film, TV and media make-up.

  • Course Modules

    This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a professional theatrical media make-up artist including health and safety practice; client care and communication; airbrush make-up to the face; camouflage make-up; media make-up; fashion and photographic make-up; style and fit postiche and the application of prosthetic pieces and bald caps.

    These units are all mandatory. Learners will further develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps; face and body art; fantasy hair design; production arts planning; eyelash and brow treatments and 2D visual communication – the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification).

    This qualification’s structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a professional theatrical media make-up artist.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods include observation of practical work, written assignments, oral questioning and written end of unit tests. Learners will be required to bring clients to commercial classes for assessments.

    Additionally, they will have homework to complete which includes compiling a portfolio of evidence, completing workbooks and practising skills.

  • Additional Costs

    Learners will be required to purchase a uniform and kit.

Study Mode



Afan College

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