Theatrical, Special effects and Hair and Media Makeup VTCT (Level 3) Diploma

Theatrical, Special effects and Hair and Media Makeup VTCT (Level 3) Diploma

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Theatrical, Special effects and Hair and Media Makeup VTCT (Level 3) Diploma

This course will equip you with the skills to prepare you for a career within the industry. You can expect to receive expert knowledge from our tutors on makeup techniques including airbrushing, special effects, basic prosthetics, hair and wigs. 

During your time at Leeds City College, you will have the opportunity to utilise your skills outside the classroom. Due to our extensive links in the industry, you can expect to work within a TV studio, on theatre productions, fashion shoots and many more invaluable work experience opportunities. 

Please note: you will be required to wear a compulsory industry uniform and have a practical kit to undertake this course. Photography costs for your professional portfolio may also be included.

Duration 34 weeks
Study mode Part Time
Start date 09/09/2019
Campus Printworks Campus
Course code 70148-01
Fee 19+ £3,345 (adult loans available)

What you will learn

  • Fashion photographic makeup
  • Media makeup
  • Style and fit postiche (wigs)
  • Creative and fantasy hair design
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Applying prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Applying airbrush makeup to the face
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Client care and communication

Benefits/skills you will develop

  • Media makeup skills to a professional standard
  • Dressing of hair and wigs with confidence
  • Communication skills
  • An understanding of minimum standards within industry
  • Work experience
  • Enterprise skills
  • Competition opportunities

How you will it be assessed

Practical application

Projects will be set to improve your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. For practical assessments, you will be observed and assessed by an experienced tutor.

Theoretical examinations

External examination papers will assess your knowledge and understanding. This applies to the following units:

  • Camouflage
  • Airbrush
  • Fashion and photographic


As part of this qualification, you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt throughout the course.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are a minimum of four GCSE grades 9-4 (A-C) including maths and English. 

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not meet the academic criteria. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and will be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

What's Next

On completion of this exciting level 3 course, you will have the necessary skills and experience to progress on to degree level study such as the Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair and Makeup Foundation Degree. 

Alternatively, you may decide to undertake other vocational related pathways or work within the creative makeup industry and expand your skills and knowledge in fashion, theatre and photography studios.

Campus Locations

Printworks Campus

Hunslet Road
West Yorkshire
LS10 1JY
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.7 MilesWebsite