• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    HNC Make-up Artistry

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


If you have a passion for creativity and the desire to work in the dynamic realms of fashion, TV, film, and theatre, then this course is perfect for you. It's a vibrant industry that offers diverse opportunities for skilled professionals like you.

In this course, you may explore the latest trends in make-up and hairstyling while building a strong foundation in the field. We'll prepare you for a career in theatre and creative media, equipping you with the necessary skills to excel.

Entry Requirements

  • minimum of one Higher, ideally in Art or English
  • relevant course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent
  • hairdressing experience is a beneficial and occupationally relevant skill

If you don’t have formal qualifications but have appropriate experience or training, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please do apply.

Course Content

In this course, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • learn hairstyling and make-up techniques for the 20th century: including costume sourcing
  • explore the art of ageing make-up for TV and theatre: using industry-relevant techniques
  • master special effects make-up: including creating cuts, bruises, and lacerations
  • prosthetic skills by sculpting: creating moulds and fitting prosthetic pieces
  • build a portfolio that covers the roles and responsibilities of a production team: script marking, and creating practical makeup and hairstyles for performances

You'll also gain valuable practical experience through:

  • work placements: in local theatre productions, fashion shows, film sets, and photo shoots
  • volunteering in the community: offering services like prom make-up or face painting
  • participating in competitions: such as World Skills and Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT)
  • learning from industry suppliers: and guest Make-Up Artists through demonstrations.

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Upon successfully completing this course, you may have the opportunity to pursue:

  • TV Film and Theatre Special Effects Artist course
  • explore various career options such as becoming a:
    • retail Make-up Consultant with a high street cosmetic brand
    • Make-up Columnist/Blogger
    • entrepreneur in your area of interest
    • freelance Make-up Artist in TV and Theatre

We encourage you to apply and discover the many possibilities this course offers. If you're interested in further details or have questions about the application process, please reach out to us.

Why Choose This Course?

By enrolling in the HNC Make-up Artistry course, you'll acquire a wide range of skills, from hairstyling and make-up techniques to special effects and prosthetic skills. These transferable skills are highly valuable in the industry, opening doors to diverse career opportunities.

Plus, you'll have the chance to build a portfolio that showcases your talent and creativity. So, why wait? Take the first step towards a rewarding career in Make-up Artistry today!

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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