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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry

You will become a qualified level three make-up artist, competent in providing make-up services from several make-up genres. You will also develop your creative skills and widen your employment opportunities to flourish in make-up artistry or related industries.


The Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry will stretch and challenge you by providing the knowledge and practical expertise to take you forward into any area of make-up artistry. It will also help you to develop consultation skills with your clients and higher communication abilities within the salon and freelance make-up environment.

You will start by learning the techniques and the theory behind these advanced skills. You will have the opportunity to practice everything you have learnt before carrying out the chosen techniques on models in the salon. You can plan and design all your own creations and show them off by choosing the perfect faces to work on.

Then, you will rapidly increase your understanding, skills and confidence by working to meet clients’ many different requirements in various work experience settings. These will include a weekly work placement in a salon, plus possible further experience in movie work, shoots with photographers, make-up for theatrical performance groups and fashion show work. These opportunities will build your confidence and employability skills to enable you to find your role within the make-up industry.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
1 year


Small Classes

Experienced Tutors

Industry-Standard Facilities

Modern Equipment

Industry Links

Learn from sector experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the make-up artistry industry.

Develop work-related skills

During your tutorial programme you will develop personal and work-related skills which will help prepare you for employment after you have completed your full-time training in College. You will undertake a weekly work placement in a beauty/hair salon throughout your qualification.

Enjoy professional surroundings

You will have access to our working hair and beauty salons which all contain the latest industry-standard equipment and resources.


Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of all relevant subject areas.

A variety of teaching methods including discussions, demonstrations and presentations will be used. You will work on your own, in pairs or small groups, practicing techniques within a realistic work environment.

Units studied include:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety                     
  • Apply make-up                                                                 
  • Apply airbrush make-up                                                 
  • Media make-up                                                               
  • Fashion and photographic make-up                           
  • Client care and communication
  • Instruct on make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Apply face and body art
  • Promote products and services
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Students who have studied a Level 3 Diploma in Make Up Artistry go on to a range of different careers, including:

  • Freelance
  • Make-up consultancy
  • Make-up artist for theatre/TV
  • Wedding industry 

Progression options include Level 3 Nail Services, Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing and higher education in media make-up.

Assessment Arrangements

Your achievement in this qualification is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality, and effort. You will study in a friendly yet professional atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • Most of the assessments are completed through practical observations of skills and techniques and this will be carried out throughout all of the units, as you continuously strive to work towards a competent level within your treatments.
  • You will be assessed regularly on written theory work that may be conducted within the class or as a homework activity. Feedback will be continuously provided on your progress and your performance will be regularly reviewed during 1:1 sessions.


All units in this qualification are graded Pass/Fail by:

  • Externally set and internally marked practical assessments through observation.
  • Externally set and marked online examinations.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in four GCSE subjects with one being in English or Maths, plus a Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing qualification, or equivalent.

Additional Information

We encourage you to practice your treatments away from College and to utilise the online resources provided by the College for guidance. In addition, we expect you to conduct your own research during set home study activities in relation to completion of assignments. You will need salon uniform and specific equipment. Full advice will be given on these before the start of your course.

A one day a week work placement is a mandatory requirement for this course. It must equate to 45 days or 315 hours throughout the year.

Awarding Body: VTCT

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