Theatrical, Special Effects, and Hair and Media Makeup VTCT Level 3 Diploma

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Turn up the drama with this creative course. You will learn specialist techniques such as airbrushing, camouflaging, special effects makeup, prosthetics, and wigs. You will also work alongside a professional photographer to build up an invaluable industry-ready portfolio to showcase your work. You’ll also create intricate hairstyles and makeup for productions.


Who is this course for?

If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Benefits / Skills

  • Apply prosthetic pieces, bald caps, camouflage, and airbrush makeup.
  • Create fantasy and creative hair design.
  • Design and apply face and body art.
  • Style and fit postiche (wigs)
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths.

    Career Progression

    Progression may include degree level study or relevant employment.

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    Course Details


    1 year

    Study Type

    Full time

    Start Date


    Course Code


    Course Fee (16-18)

    No fee

    Course Facts


    Benefit from partnerships and opportunities with Lidos Productions, The Carriageworks, Urban Decay, and Treasure House of Makeup. |Take advantage of our strong links with leading employers Wella, Goddess Electrical, HD Brows, Sterex, Urban Decay, Treasure House of Makeup, Nouveau, and Dermalogica.

    Extra Curriculum

    Our practical rooms have been specially designed and built by experienced consultants to provide the college with first class commercial salons for hair and beauty therapy and makeup studios for media makeup.

    Labour Market

    By 2024, the hairdressing and barber sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 3.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

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