With this qualification, a career in theatrical special effects could be yours. You will study a variety of units including creative hairdressing design, fashion and photographic make-up, airbrush make-up for the face, camouflage make-up and how to apply prosthetic pieces.
As part of your studies, you will be required to complete work experience to support the development of your skills and behaviours to enable you to succeed within the industry.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English and will attend a skills test. You will also be required to present a current portfolio of work at your interview. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.
We may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
You will study creative hairdressing design, fashion and photographic make-up, airbrush make-up for the face, camouflage make-up and how to apply prosthetic pieces.
You will also develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your progression to further study or employment.
You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, written tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence.
Maths and English are assessed through a controlled assessment and a GCSE involves a final exam.
A kit and uniform is required. Details will be available from the curriculum team during the interviews.
You could consider a Level 4 programme where you would also continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
CareersYou can work as a make-up artist for the film and TV industry or as a stylist for the fashion industry.
Award-winning former beauty student Ebony Saxton loved her Derby College course so much that she would like to be a beauty lecturer herself one day Ebony, who initially took a VRQ level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy at the college's Ilkeston campus, successfully completed the advanced programme in Year 2. Described by her tutors as "a vigilant learner who pays great attention to detail", she gained distinctions in all her units, exceeding her targets.And, in recognition of her hard work and dedication she received the Sensi Hairdressing, Holistic & Beauty Therapy Award in the Derby College Peak Awards. It was this same professionalism and motivation while on work experience in a Kimberley beauty salon which led to Ebony getting a job she loves. As a trained therapist with Izabella's Secret, Ebony does massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – with nails her favourite treatment. Ebony, who served in the army cadets while at school, had a great time at college and would like to return at some stage so she can one day lecture in beauty therapy.
I loved college so much that I miss it. I learned such a lot on my course and the lecturers were amazing.
I'm still learning in my job but at some stage I'd like to go back to college and train to be a lecturer.
I got some experience in teaching in the army cadets and really enjoyed it.