Media & Theatrical Make-Up

Level 3, BTEC Certificate

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 (core)
  • Make-up Application and Creative Uses for Performance (core)
  • Special Effects Make-up
  • Period Make-up

Year Two:

  • Full Body Make-up
  • 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

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.

If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • A media, art or design GCSE at grade C/4 or above is preferable.
  • In the absence of this you will be required to present a portfolio of artwork to a member of our team as part of the interview process.

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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