Theatrical, Media and Fashion Make Up artistry


Theatrical, Media and Fashion Make Up Artistry Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year QQI Level 5, ITEC accredited Theatrical, Media and Fashion Make Up Artistry course.

Have you a confident out-going personality with a creative flair? Do you have an eye for colour? Want a career that you are passionate about? Do you want to be a trend setter for make-up looks? Make-up Artistry is a rapidly developing profession.

The upsurge in retail sales, and the growing media and entertainment industries present exciting career opportunities for motivated individuals. With these internationally recognised qualifications, you will be well placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities and launch your career as a professional make-up artist.

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.  The Skin Treatment Diploma enables graduates to gain employment in beauty salons and/or as freelance therapists/make-up artists.   The work is varied, interesting and rewarding.

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Brown Thomas 2
  • MAC Cosmetics Grafton Street
  • Inglot Dundrum
  • Benefit Cosmetics, South William Street
  • Harvey Nichols

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 in Eyebrow Treatments and Eyelash Enhancements
  • ITEC Certificate in Skincare
  • ITEC Professional Conduct and Business Awareness
  • QQI Retail Selling (Level 5 Component Award)
Core Elements
  • Fashion and Photography Make-Up
  • Theatrical Make-Up
  • Make-Up Charts
  • Make-Up Techniques
  • Media Make-Up
  • 3 Dimensional Make-Up
  • High Definition Make-Up
  • Special Effects
  • Camouflage
  • Airbrush
  • Body Paint
  • Skin and Eye Treatments
  • Lash and Brow Enhancements
  • Threading
  • Retail Selling
  • Course Code

  • TMM
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 96
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx between 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I loved every minute of the Theatrical Media & Fashion Make-Up Artistry Course in BFEI. Without the course, I wouldn’t be where I am in the industry today. I’ve been working in the beautiful Irish owned One Dame Lane owned by Lyndsey Cavanagh, also a past student of BFEI. The many experiences and opportunities I was given when in BFEI gave me the confidence I have today. As a Make-Up Artist having completed the course in BFEI, I was prepared and ready to start my journey in the industry. In addition to ‘regular make-ups’, since graduating, I have done many magazine shoots, modelling shoots and TV. I love the diversity on the course as it made me ready for work the industry. I left BFEI with qualifications in Beauty, Facial, Eye Treatments along with Make-Up & SFX and Sales & Salon knowledge. It covers everything!

- Jennah Loughman, Theatrical, Media and Fashion Make-Up Artistry Graduate, 2018 -

Support Elements
  • Workshops such as Tanning, Fashion Trends, Film Grade Make-Up Demonstrations, Casting and Inglot Master Classes.
  • Skin Care
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) and QQI.
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) are required for ITEC qualifications.
  • The completion and signing of disclaimers and consultation forms is required for ITEC certification.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

​You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Qualified therapists are granted exemptions from subjects already certified.

Application Process

There is a very high demand for places and early application is advised.  Apply on-line for free.

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 

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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