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Media Make-Up Production Arts (Diploma Level 3)



Media Makeup (Production Arts)

Level 3 Extended Diploma

The Extended Diploma is a full time two year Level 3 course equivalent to 3 A Levels

Course Summary

BTEC Production Arts (Make-Up) is a highly visual and exciting course which is suitable for all students who have a passion for Fashion, TV, special effects, Film and Theatrical Make-up, as well as an interest in theatre production and art. You will be involved with lots of exciting, highly practical projects, live briefs, shows and lessons throughout your course.


This course could lead you directly into a career within the makeup industry or gives you the qualification to progress onto our HND Media Make-up programme or a HND/degree level course as it is recognised by universities.

Entry Requirements

You will need the minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English language, Maths and Art (or a strong portfolio showing keen interest). You will be invited to attend a portfolio interview with the course leaders.

*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2020 prospectus. Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.

You will need stamina and a willingness to commit to work experience as well as attending live performances and external events. The course is equivalent to 3 A levels over the two year period. The BTEC Production Arts (Make-up) is recognised by UCAS and students may wish to consider progression onto our HND in Media Make-up or University equivalent. Please be aware that if you wish to progress onto a degree course, you MUST have GCSE English and Maths. You will be invited to attend a portfolio interview with the course leaders.

Course content

Media make-up is a rapidly growing profession within the film, industry TV and theatre, media, fashion and photography industries. There are increasing career opportunities, while new demands challenge the profession to high levels of creativity and expertise.

Some of the units are as follows:

  • Make- up application skills and creative uses in performance
  • Special effects make up
  • Costume Design
  • Mask Making
  • Full body make-up for performers
  • Production arts work shop
  • Production arts planning
  • Hairstyling and dressing for performer
  • Fantasy hair design for performers
  • Period make-up for performing arts
  • Production for theatre performance
  • Make-up using prosthetics
  • Period hair design and wig making for performers
  • Make-up for performers
  • Performing arts business
  • The historical context of performance

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but due to the nature of the specialism work experience opportunities come up adhoc throughout the year. Learners also work on the college productions as well as their own end of year show to help develop employability skills.

Timings and Assessments

All units are assessed in a variety of ways: practical assessments and sketchbook work, writing, research and presentations. Work experience is provided throughout the year and can go towards assessed unit work. Extended Diploma is a 2 year course (180 units) of up to 12 hours including tutorial.


You will be able to make use of the excellent facilities in the Media Make-up studios, Phoenix Theatre and the photography studios. You will be using a wide variety of professional hair and make-up materials, tools and equipment throughout your course during your lessons and at college events, shows and productions. You will also work regularly with the Creative Faculty to assist in productions, competitions and external events.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years. For this course you will be required to purchase a make-up kit, a make-up brush kit and a hair kit. The cost of these will be in the region of £500. Kit lists will be forwarded to students prior to the course starting. Students will be advised about the kit requirements when they register an interest with the course. There are Student Learner Support Funds available for extra assistance on application. Further details about LSF are available from Student Services. We organise various trips throughout the academic year that will allow you to develop as a make –up artist. You will be asked to contribute towards the costs of these trips:, Theatre Trips, IMATS, World Skills Day, Museums and Collections as well as a residential trip to Disneyland Paris.


For more information about this course please contact:

Course Leaders gemma.mulrooney@newcollege.ac.uk philomena.liston@newcollege.ac.uk elizabeth.corbett@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

  • Venue: QD
  • Course Code: NC414
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