Theatrical and Media Makeup

Unleash your creativity! Study Theatrical and Media Makeup at London’s biggest creative academy

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Develop talent.‍Transform lives.Create careers.

Prepare for a career in the industry with BCE’s leading courses in Theatrical and Media Makeup

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 Theatrical and Media Makeup 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 Theatrical and Media Makeup 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 Theatrical and Media Makeup

Level 3 Theatrical and Media Makeup Duration: 2 Years

This Level 3 Diploma will give you an in-depth understanding of not only makeup application but also develop your knowledge of cosmetic science, anatomy, physiology, hairpieces and airbrushing.

  • Health and Safety in the Salon and Workplace
  • Anatomy and Physiology for makeup services
  • Science/Dermatology
  • Cosmetic makeup
  • Media makeup
  • Photographic makeup
  • Theatrical/Drag Makeup
  • False eyelash application

Progression Routes BCE Theatrical and Media Makeup students can progress to a degree related to Art & Design, Makeup Artistry and Theatre Production, or go on to a BCE Events Assistant Apprenticeship. Students can also progress to a career in the industry through retail, creative industries or freelance.

You will gain the following qualification:

Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Level 3

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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:

“I would describe BCE as energetic, supportive and inspiring. If you see yourself having a successful career within the creative industry then BCE is the college for you.”.

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Why study with us?

Developing the best learning environments for students

Learn from the best Professional tutors with extensive industry experience will teach you everything you need to know
Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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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Ofsted Report

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.

To discuss course options with us,

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