VTCT L3 (QCF) Diploma in: Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Makeup

L3 Diploma in: Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Makeup (QCF) £3,650

This diploma is a technical level qualification for individuals seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed theatrical media makeup artist working with performers to a high level of occupational ability, providing hair and makeup services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries

This qualification is based on hairdressing and beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s lead beauty therapy profession association (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a professional theatrical makeup artist

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification is one of two qualifications in theatrical hair and media makeup. It is larger than the L3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Makeup Studies (QCF). Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become a professional media makeup artist, this qualification requires learners to achieve more units and to develop a greater breadth of technical skills

Hence, this qualification is most suitable for learners who wish to focus the majority of their learning on hair and media makeup. In contrast, the smaller diploma in fashion, theatrical, media makeup and hair studies is more suited to learners who wish to undertake a level 3 technical level qualification alongside other smaller qualifications/units

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • gain employed work or become a freelance self-employed makeup artist in the industry
  • grasp a good understanding of the industry you wish to work in
  • utilise your learned skills and abilities to gain work
  • become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC)
  • work with performers
  • add your new skills to your services for greater income

Career opportunities from here:

  • professional Makeup artistry working with performers
  • theatre, Film, print media, photographic studios
  • beauty and/or hair salons
  • independent/self employed/mobile/home based settings
  • national health service
  • product manufacturing and training
  • hospitals & care homes

You will learn the following industry areas:

  • airbrush makeup
  • camouflage makeup
  • media makeup
  • style & fit a postiche
  • fashion photographic makeup
  • client care & communication
  • monitor and maintain health & safety practice in the salon
  • apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector

Entry Requirements:

  • you will need some skin structure analysis and makeup application knowledge
  • you will need to have a good command of the English language
  • the ability to complete work and two assignments on time
  • ability to work under pressure
  • commitment to the course which is achieved by arriving to every class and on time
  • a willingness to learn
  • a love of makeup & hair

What to expect:

  • This course requires you to practice what you have learned regularly and to show your progress on Skype for your tutor to evidence
  • You will be required to complete 29 assessments at the academy and 3 assignments
  • there are 4 (four) external online exam papers that you are required to pass to achieve your full Diploma qualification. You’ll need to achieve a minimum of 70% for each paper to pass and you can have up to 3 attempts
  • You will gain your practical knowledge in the classroom, and it is a requirement that you use our monitored online knowledge-based system on a regular basis

Course Duration and Times:

  • 16/20 weeks – 2 days per week – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We do our very best to work with you in selecting the days that suit you best but this is not always an option due to other courses running at the academy

Age requirements:

  • minimum 17 years – with no upper age limit


  • In 2018/19, a brand new program, a level 4 HNC qualification which will be made available. It will be the natural progression from this L3 Diploma and will offer you relevant direction within the makeup industry and not the hair & beauty industry as depicted below. It can be taken as a full HNC qualification or, individual L4 award units. At this point we do not have any more information but will add it here once the information becomes available… How exciting!!
  • Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management (QCF)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management (QCF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair & Scalp Services (QCF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction (QCF)
  • Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling (QCF)