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Advanced Diploma in Fashion, Commercial and Media Make Up Studies (Advanced) - Level 3


This qualification has been specifically designed for under 19s and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of make-up artistry gained at Level 2, enabling you to expand the scope of your technical skills to prepare you for employment as a make-up artist.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist including:

  • Airbrush make-up for the face
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Media make-up.

These units are all mandatory.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of optional units to enhance your practical skills in both hair and make-up application/beauty techniques.

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Entry requirements

This course is only available to 16-18 year olds.

Level 2 in make-up artistry plus a dexterity test, attendance at a one-day ‘welcome day’ during July/August or attendance at summer school if a progressing learner.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.

This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)2135A1373FREEFREE* to £2583.00Apply
Sep 20221 yr(s)2135A1373FREEFREE* to £2583.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

36 weeks.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by an ongoing theory and practical assessment that will be carried out on peers and clients.

You will collate and present an evidence portfolio and also be assessed through exams set by the awarding body.

What does the course lead to?

Career opportunities as a make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Beauty salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios
  • National Health Service
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Hospitals/care homes.

What will I study?

  • Apply airbrush make-up 
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Provide self-tanning
  • Apply individual permanent lashes 
  • Production arts planning
  • 2D visual communication.

Research and design projects to include;

  • Period 
  • Fantasy 
  • High fashion
  • catwalk 
  • Bridal 
  • Commercial
  • Character makeup.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

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How do I apply?

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