Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This exciting course covers all aspects of media make-up that you see in theatre productions or on film sets.

In your first year you focus on media make-up techniques, developing significant skills at the Bridgwater campus. Most students embark on a second year of education with a Level 3 Media Make-up Pre-Degree course at the Taunton campus.

Subjects may include:

  • Fashion photography make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Monitor health and safety
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Working with colleagues within the beauty related industries
  • Applying Prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Airbrushing make-up
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Style and fit postiche

Please note, there is an additional cost for kit that will be discussed at your interview. Once you enrol on the course, you will receive further details and links to make purchases from the College or directly with suppliers.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written coursework, practical assessments and your portfolio of work including a final exam

Progression Options

On successful completion of the course you could progress to the Level 3 Media Make-up Pre-Degree course, one of our hairdressing or beauty qualifications, the BA (Hons) or FdA in Media Make-up at University Centre Somerset or find employment in the industry.

Course Summary

Course Title Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-up Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification with a Merit profile. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview.

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My animation skills have improved greatly since I have been learning at BTC. The College uses specialist software such as Adobe Animate and the equipment we use is the same that is used in industry. Alongside my course I am a member of the BTC Animation Academy where we do even more animation and enter competitions.

Dylan Jones

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