Make-Up Artistry

Why should I study make-up artistry?

The make-up industry needs skilled staff, with many job opportunities and 8,400 people employed in the industry in Scotland.

Our make-up artistry courses will give you the skills you need. The courses introduce you to different make-up and special effect areas such as creative make-up trends, special effects for media, character make-up, fantasy make-up, styling for a total look, wigs and postiche for media, and commercial experience.

Working in the industry you would apply make-up and style hair for people appearing in films, television programmes or photo shoots, or live events like concerts, plays or fashion shows. You could also work to prepare people for weddings, or other special occasions.

Your job would be to create the look that the person needs for the type of production or event.

For example, you could create a natural look for a TV appearance or use wigs and hairpieces for an actor in a period drama. You might also apply special effects or prosthetics such as false noses or bald caps.

What jobs can I get in this area?

You can get jobs such as a make-up artist in television, theatre, film, fashion or photography.

How are the courses taught?

You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

You’ll be taught by people with high-end experience. You’ll get the chance to do a work placement with an organisation such as the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, The Pavilion, Scottish Opera or Neill’s Materials.

What courses does the college offer?

We offer a range of make-up artistry courses from NC to HND. All our courses prepare you for employment in industry or for further training or qualifications.

  • Hair and Make-up Skills (Level 5)
  • NC Level 6 Media Make-up
  • HND Make-up Artistry

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