Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up – Level 3 Diploma

Ixion Holdings Ltd
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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up – Level 3 Diploma

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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up – Level 3 Diploma

The Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up is an occupational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed theatrical media make-up artist working with performers to a high level of occupational ability, providing hair and make-up services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries.

This qualification has been specifically designed to build 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.

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 make-up 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 who complete this qualification are eligible to become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC).

Suitability - Who should attend?

Entry Requirements:

  • Must be 19 or over, must have a level 2 hair or beauty qualification and/or a successful skills test and interview.


  • You will need to be 19+ to take the course.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Type: Diploma
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Awarding Body: VTCT

Training Course Content

You will need to cover a minimum of eight components and earn a minimum of 45 credits:

  • Apply airbrush make-up to the face.
  • Camouflage make-up.
  • Media make-up.
  • Style and fit postiche.
  • Fashion and photographic make-up.
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries.
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon.
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps.
  • Relevant Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19).

From the optional units, you’ll need to cover a minimum of two components and earn a minimum of 13 credits.

Why choose Ixion Holdings Ltd

We are a national ‘Grade 1’ Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ training provider.

As part of Shaw Trust, in 2021 we supported over 475,000 people.

100% of respondents at their end of apprenticeship survey said their Teaching Assessor was knowledgeable and experienced.

Continuing Studies

Career opportunities as a theatrical media make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Professional make-up 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.

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Ixion Holdings Ltd

Ixion are a national, not-for-profit, Ofsted 'Outstanding' training provider of learning and skills. Enabling full potential and equipping teams with the skills to be effective in their roles is what we do. Ixion deliver tailored training solutions to individuals and...

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Halford House, 2nd Floor, Coval Lane
CM1 2RH Chelmsford Essex

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