Make Up for Media, Film & TV

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Prepare for a career in the industry with BCE’s leading courses in Make Up for Media, Film and TV

Develop your understanding of the cosmetics industry and further your skills in both theatrical and media makeup disciplines. Learn from experts and use industry-standard equipment and resources, discovering the art of makeup for film, TV and photography, or take centre-stage as the artistic lead on a theatrical production.

BCE Make Up for Media, Film and TV students study under industry experts to provide makeup for performances and productions

Level 3 students will gain insight, theory and practical skills to develop an industry-ready portfolio to embark on further study or a career in the industry

Our Make Up for Media, Film and TV courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions or help you prepare for a career in the industry
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Level 3 Make Up for Media, Film and TV

Level 3 Make Up for Media, Film and TV Makeup Duration: 2 Years

This level 3 diploma will introduce you to the basics of make-up application with a view to exploring different techniques needed in film and media and a chance to develop your own artistic abilities. You will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills, making them versatile and employable individuals whilst learning the importance and application of ethical and sustainable design principles; as well as developing a rich contextual knowledge and understanding of their developing creative practice and specialist vocational area. This course includes workshops with working make-up artists learning top tips from industry experts and a chance to do workshops with various makeup artists with varied skill sets and several trips a term to art galleries/cinema to inspire and assist with research projects.

The first-year diploma includes lessons in basic application and health and safety in a work environment, as well as the creative process and developing creative practice. The second-year extended diploma will enable the student to develop their skills further researching a specialist Industry practice and specialist technical skills Development. For the final major project, we exhibit the students’ work at the local Art Trails. This gives students an opportunity to exhibit at local venues and create interest in their work with a chance to build their portfolio further.
Course Content:
  • Media make up/photographic make-up, a chance to collaborate with media/fashion students
  • Beauty fashion catwalk / Euphoria inspired looks
  • Old Hollywood / learning the history of makeup
  • Cuts and bruises / horror / workshops on prosthetics / cosplay inspired
  • Drag / false eyelash applications
  • Carnival make-up/ Pride parade
Pathway Information
Average salary for makeup artists £39,000
Students who want to go university could gain up to 168 UCAS tariff points (the maximum for 3 A*s)

Students can progress into roles such as:

  • Freelance Makeup Artist (MUA)
  • Theatrical and Performance Makeup
  • Special Effects Makeup
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Beauty Writer/Blogger
  • Makeup Product Developer
You will gain the following qualification:

L3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practices

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Entry Requirements Level 3: Applicants must have 5 GCSE’s at grade C(4) or above or a Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 or Makeup Level 2. A GCSE C(4) or above in Art and Design is desirable.
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All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email:

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Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
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State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities


Vocational success rate for Academy learners


of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University


of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

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Big Creative Training Limited (BCT) is an independent training provider based in Walthamstow. BCT opened in 2000 and offers creative industries programmes for 16 to 19, apprenticeships, adult courses and alternative provision. BCT is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries. BCA is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

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