NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media makeup


This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age groups, builds on existing knowledge and understanding of media hair and beauty skills and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a professional theatrical media make-up artist. Learners will have their skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

What does this subject include?

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 makeup 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 qualification 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.

What is the structure of the course?

Practical skill development, with an emphasis on learning within a practical environment.  Both skills and knowledge are continually assessed resulting in a portfolio of evidence collected by you.  There are also end of unit tests to complete and assignments.  You will also complete a two-week block work-based experience during the year.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A level 2 qualification in Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing

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