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Hair and Media Make-up

Course Code: HMU2

Level: 2
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

Do you want a job as a make-up artist in theatre, fashion, film, or TV? Maybe you want to work in a photographic studio or on a make-up counter, or run your own hair and make-up business? This City & Guilds technical certificate in make-up artistry will be a great way to get you there. Studying here at City College Plymouth, you’ll learn about client care and communication, how to apply make-up, hair artistry and how to best showcase designs.

What you'll learn

The course covers:

  • how to apply basic day and evening make-up
  • creating a look based on a theme
  • creative make-up artistry for show purposes, including theatrical make-up
  • body art design
  • spray tanning
  • semi-permanent hair colouring, including colouring of a woven weft (hair extension piece)
  • photographic make-up application (applying make-up for photo shoots)
  • eye treatments, including shaping and tinting of brows and tinting and extending of lashes
  • client care and communication.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, however if you have not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English you will expected to work towards this alongside the course.


You will be assessed by an end of year online theory exam or a written assignment. You will also undergo practical assessments on your fellow students or members of the public.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to a level 3 hair and beauty course at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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