What you will learn
The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry will enable you to work as a professional makeup artist. You will gain skills and knowledge in instructing clients on make-up application, media make-up including applying small ready-made prosthetic pieces, fashion and photographic make-up, camouflage make-up, face and body art. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills in airbrush makeup.

Ideal if
You want to work in the creative industry sector such as TV, theatre, film, print media, photographic studios and independent or self employed salons. Wedding and prom makeup is an increasing and popular purchase across today’s marketplace.

What to expect
You will learn in our training centre within a realistic work environment. Students practice with each other to start with and by the end of your qualification, you’ll be demonstrating your skills on paying clients. For each unit your assessor observes and asks questions as you perform tasks, to assess your practical skills. All your assessments take place in our salons and your understanding of theory will be tested by the completion of online tests. Your course is an End Point Assessment process with your tutor and a moderator.

Attendance days
09:00 – 16:00 Friday Term time only

What next
Progression routes from this qualification include VTCT specialist hair and beauty qualifications, or employment or self-employment as professional
make-up artist

Wider Curriculum activities
We plan onsite tours throughout the year to TR2 ( Theatre Royal) Wigs and make up department & theatrical events department, and also arrange onsite visits to the BBC, ITV studios.

Work placements
Work placements are part of the Advanced Technical Programme. You need to complete a minimum of 30 hours in a salon, however our learners continue to attend their work placements and 95% of last year’s learners were offered a job in the salon before they completed their qualification.

What it feels like to be a student
Class group sizes are between 10 to 20 students, with a dedicated tutor. Support staff are on site, such as pastoral care, finance and careers advice.

“I did my Level 2 Hairdressing with Beauty Central and I’m currently doing Level 3 Hair and a Nail course and it really is the best place to learn, the tutors are excellent and actually care about your education”.

Students come from a variety of schools across Plymouth, they all help each other out and develop a really good bond over the year, encouraging each other to achieve. Most students never want to leave and stay on to complete a full range of Beauty courses and gain further qualifications.

Salary and Career expectations
Makeup artists apply makeup and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience. Many makeup artists work freelance and develop their career by building a network of contacts and getting recommendations from their clients. With experience, you could progress to chief make-up artist or make-up designer. You could also develop specialist
skills, for example applying body art or making facial or body moulds for creating and fitting prosthetics. You could move into areas like fashion and photography, print and digital media or special effects. You might also specialise in medical aesthetics, using make-up techniques to hide scars and skin conditions to improve a client’s psychological wellbeing and confidence.

Average salaries vary depending on the job.

Uniform requirements
Once you have enrolled we will order beautiful tunics for you to wear each day, you will need to provide black trousers and black shoes, you
really will look like a Professional.

You will need to have achieved a Level 2 related course or ideally have GCSE’s grade 5/6 in English, Maths and a Science.

Fees and Funding information

Please feel free to call regarding any queries about funding on 01752 202266.

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