Diploma in Theatrical & Media Make Up

Diploma in Theatrical & Media Make Up



Theatrical & Media Makeup Artistry is a rapidly developing profession. The continuing expansion of both the media and entertainment industries present increasing career opportunities while new demands challenge the profession to high levels of creativity and expertise.

Career Opportunities

Make-up artistry career opportunities exist in the fields of cosmetic sales, film, television, photography, theatre, fashion and the print-media. Graduates work as professional make-up and special-effects artists. Freelance or contract employment in media productions and presentations is common.

Graduates are also qualified in skin treatments which they can offer on a fixed employment basis in salons. The work is varied, interesting and rewarding.


Course Structure

This course covers the skills required to perform effective make-up techniques suitable for various professional media, fashion, retail, theatre and stage productions.

In order to demonstrate competence in make-up techniques, students produce a portfolio of work covering a wide range of topics. This portfolio is developed throughout the course with guidance from tutors.

The course also includes a module on Skin Treatments which will allow students to acquire professional skills in the manual facial elements of beauty therapy, including eyelash and brow tinting.


Learners are prepared for the following:

  • ITEC Diploma in Fashion and Specialised Make-Up
  • ITEC Certificate of Skin and Eye Treatment
  • ITEC Professional Conduct and Business Awareness
  • QQI Retail Selling (Level 5 Component Award)


Core Elements

  • Make-Up
  • Make Up Plan/Work Sheet
  • Make-Up Techniques
  • Media Make-Up
  • Fashion and Photography Make-Up
  • Theatrical Make-Up
  • 3 Dimensional Make-Up
  • High Definition Make-Up
  • Special Effects
  • Fantasy Make-Up


Course Code TM1
Duration 1 year – full time September to May
Number of places 96
Number of contact hours per week 20 approx between 9:00am-6:00pm
Timetable contact 5 days

Support Elements

  • Industry Training Courses
  • Prosthetics
  • Skin Care
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation

Assessment and Certification

  • Learners are required to produce portfolios of work covering a wide range of techniques and demonstrating artistic flair, good imagination and creative skills.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.
  • This course is certified by ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) and QQI
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) is required for ITEC qualifications.
  • Retail selling is certified by QQI.





Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:


Graduates work in theatre, film, television and on a range of media productions including editorials and high fashion (catwalk) as professional make-up artists. The Skin Treatment Diploma enables graduates to gain employment in beauty salons and/or as freelance therapists/make-up artists.


Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes on ordinary level. LCA applicants should submit details of credits awarded.

  • Others including Mature Students

Applicants without the entry requirements are welcome and will be assessed individually.


Qualified therapists are granted exemptions from subjects already certified.


Advisory Meeting

There is a very high demand for places and early application is advised. Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs, uniform, product kits and registration details.


  • At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.
  • Students will be required to purchase certain items including a uniform and product kits.

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