Media & Theatrical Make-up

Level 3, BTEC Subsidiary

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

Woman -hand -girl -professionalLearn the secrets of Special Effects (SFX) Make-up on this BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, which can be studied as part of your A-Level programme.

This course will prepare you for a cosmetics career in the entertainment industry or progress to a specialist Make-up School.

You will study Make-up application techniques, as well as the context and theory behind Make-up applications in film/TV and theatre. You will also experiment with a range of SFX Make-up techniques; discovering how to sculpt, mould and cast your own prosthetics.


Year One:

  • Production Arts Workshop
  • Make-up Application and Creative Uses for Performance
  • Specialist Effects Make-Up

Year Two:

  • Make-up for Performers
  • Mask making for Performers
  • Make-up using Prosthetics

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will build a portfolio of practical application photos and theoretical assignments, along with sketch pads for research and face charts. You will be taught through a sequence of projects that encourage you to develop your skills and understanding. You will be assessed by coursework and on-going in class assessment. 

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • You will grow your portfolio, skills and confidence, in order to succeed in the industry across a range of disciplines.
  • Upon completion of the course you will have designed and applied a range of full body make-up techniques including: prosthetics, full fabrication and costuming.

What Could I Do Next?

This course will equip you to undertake a variety of Make-up and SFX occupations for the stage and screen.

General Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade C or above including English or maths OR Level 2 BTEC Diploma (or equivalent) in a related area at Merit Level.

Specific Entry Requirements

GCSE Art is desirable but not essential. You will be required to present a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability in this area.

Additional Costs

You will need sketch pads, a lever arch folder and plastic pockets; we would also suggest that you invest in a personal colour printer, and be aware of the approximate kit costs below:

 Year One:

  • Basic kit – £50 (first term)
  • Basic SFX kit – £50 (second term).

 Year Two:

  • SFX kit – £50.

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