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Media Make-up Artistry Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   08/09/2021

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Media Make-up Artistry provides you with specialist practical skills and knowledge, equipping you to seek employment or progression within the media make-up industry. It has been specifically designed to develop skills to an advanced level through a variety of techniques. This course is aimed at those who already have experience within the make-up industry or have a Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Make-up Artistry.

  What You Will Learn

Students on this course also get to develop their work-based skills; recognising the importance of professional practice. At this advanced level you will cover the units:

- Working in the film, TV and theatre industry
- Create historical hair and make-up looks
- Media make-up creative hair design
- Fashion and photographic make-up
- The creation and presentation of a look book and industry portfolio
- Apply body art
- Camouflage make-up
- Avant-garde hair and make-up
- Specialist bridal hair and make-up
- Media make-up blogging
- The evolution of cosmetics and retail.

You will be expected to take part in competition work, collaborating with other departments, demonstrations for visiting guest speakers and work placement.

  Entry Requirements

You will need a Level 2 hair & media make-up qualification and a real interest in the make-up industry. You should be enthusiastic to learn a variety of advanced practical skills and the associated knowledge, which will develop your employment opportunities within the make-up industry. As with all media make-up professions, you will need to create the right impression with your clients and must therefore be professional, courteous and discreet. Excellent communication skills are essential. This is an intensive, knowledge-based course and we do look for enthusiasm and motivation to succeed on the course.

  Work Experience

You are expected to find an external industrial work-placement while on the course. This will help you gain valuable work experience to help you develop a career in this exciting industry.


Theory exam, plus a practical synoptic exam


Following this course you may wish to progress in to Higher Education. You may also want to progress straight into the industry, or become self-employed.


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Alisha Dobson

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I was very nervous and excited to start college. I was living in Looe and nobody that I knew from my school was going to do the course that I was going to do, so yeah, I had first day feels, but it was great. I made friends really quickly and like everyone says it goes really fast, so enjoy it. I loved my hairdressing course and getting really hands on. Before I started college I spent the summer in a salon, just as an assistant, soaking everything up and watching lots. I also practiced things on my friends and family, even if it was just blow drying. I have very curly hair so I really enjoyed trying new things out on my own hair too. There are so many options with hairdressing, it’s really limitless.

I now have my own salon in South London called Bleach. I also do a lot of freelance work, which I have been doing for about 10 years now working in TV, music videos, touring with musicians and artists on their tours, lots of live TV and photo shoots and things like that. I have also been able to travel, all things I never even imagined I would be able to do, so your possibilities are endless.

If the freelance side of things is what you would like to get into be very well rounded. I think it’s played well for me that I can do everything from cutting, colouring and extensions down to perming and shampoo and sets. When I was at college I was like; “oh another perm!”, but all of those things really shape everything that you end up being able to do. They give you so many skills that you might think at the time you’re not going to need but you really will want them! Practice as much as possible and play around, your friends will get tired of having their hair done.

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