Production Arts (Media/Theatrical Make Up) - Level 3 Diploma

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Start Date: 4 September 2023
Attendance: Full Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 3


The Level 3 Theatrical Makeup and Production Arts course provides students with a comprehensive education in the art of theatrical makeup design and production. The course content includes:   

Makeup design and application: Students will learn about makeup design and application techniques, including special effects makeup and prosthetics, and will have the opportunity to apply these techniques in a theatrical setting.  Character development: Students will learn how to develop characters through makeup, including how to create makeup designs that complement the performer and enhance the production.  Historical and contemporary styles: Students will study the history of theatrical makeup and explore contemporary makeup design trends and techniques.  Production arts: Students will study the role of makeup in the production process, including stage lighting and costume design, and will gain hands-on experience in production settings.  Health and safety: Students will learn about health and safety procedures in the theatrical environment, including the safe use of makeup products and equipment.  Practical assignments and projects: Students will work on practical assignments and projects, which will give them hands-on experience and allow them to apply the concepts they have learned in the classroom. 


Year one will give you a strong foundation in the skills, knowledge, and understanding you need to grow creatively. You'll get a general introduction to the performing arts and see how all the different parts are connected. This will be the starting point for everything else you'll learn.  You will then test your skills by making you work on more challenging projects in production, performance, and design. You'll get to see what makes each area unique, but you'll also learn how they're all connected. Get ready to put what you've learned to the test!  The end of year is the big finale of the first year and it's where you'll get to show what you've learned. You'll be in charge of your own project and get to see how far you've come.  

Year two will give you the chance to dive deeper into production arts and find what you're really passionate about. You'll have time to think about your goals and plans for the future. You'll also take more control of your own learning and focus on what you want to achieve. The final project is your chance to show what you're really good at and focus on your favourite area(s) of production arts. You'll have more opportunities to express yourself creatively and use all the skills you've learned. You'll work on a big project to show what you can do, which will help you get ready for university or a job in your chosen field. 


Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language or Maths or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit (and Functional Skills in English at Level 2/GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above)An interest in the performing and production arts and media sector. 

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them. 


Assessment for this course may include practical assignments, written assignments, portfolios, and exams, and is designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of student's knowledge and skills. The course prepares students for a career in theatrical makeup design and production, as well as for further education in the field. 

During the year, students work through formative units, each aimed at introducing them to an area of the subject and developing core skills.  The final unit undertaken in the summer determines the final grade.  This gives you the chance to show that you're confident in your chosen area of interest by working on projects related to it. You'll have more chances to be creative and express yourself. It's your chance to show how well you've learned and how well you can use the skills you've gained. 


Students should expect to pay approximately £100 for various trips during the year and £200 to purchase a kit.


This course will help you to move on to higher-level courses, such as a Bachelor of Arts, an apprenticeship or employment within production arts and media.

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