Media Makeup

The theatrical makeup industry is exciting and fast-paced. There is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills.

Our programmes cover the essentials of client care and consultation. You’ll also develop your skills in specialist areas, such as dressing and styling hair, making and applying prosthetics, designing and making body art, and applying quality makeup for fashion photography, TV, film and theatre.

The work is highly practical, and you will be practicing the skills as you learn them, steadily building up a creative portfolio as you complete your coursework. You’ll be training in the industry standard salons at our campuses, using the latest equipment and products, as well as taking part in exciting on-location shoots and performances, and undertaking work-based projects with leading industry employers.

You’ll study creative theory and also gain skills that are transferable to other industries too, such as independent study, teamwork, research and planning.

The Media Makeup industry

A profession in makeup combines techniques from film and television with the conceptual artistry and commercial awareness of fashion and beauty makeup. You’ll work with clients by discussing their requirements and advising them with creative ideas and solutions.

Between 2011 and 2019, the number of jobs in the UK cultural sector, which includes film and TV, grew by 24%.

Roles on this pathway include freelance media makeup artist, make-up artist specialist for theatre, film or TV, skin camouflage specialist, and many more!

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