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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up

Course Code: HMU3

Level: 3
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Full-time, Part-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:

  • client care and communication
  • how to apply make-up
  • creating an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • creative make-up artistry for show purposes
  • body art design.
Entry requirements

You will be required to have achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, have a level 2 hair and beauty qualification, or prior knowledge of working in a salon environment.


You will be assessed by an end of year online theory exam and a practical exam.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to a level 4 beauty course at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

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.)


Course Code: HMU3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2900

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.