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 to 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.
With her sights set on a career as a make-up and prosthetics designer in the world of film, talented Rachel Dennis has already stepped into the spotlight. She came third in the regional finals of the World Skills competition, having spent many hours creating a prosthetic of the Jabberwocky game character.
At our 2014 Peak Awards, she also received the SENSI Hairdressing, Holistic and Beauty Therapy prize – sponsored by Pompadour – for her commitment and superb practical abilities. Rachel went on to secure a coveted university place to study Advanced Media Make-up in Grimsby, one of only three accredited courses in the UK.
I first became interested in makeup design when I watched films like Lord of the Rings so I was delighted to hear that Derby College ran a specialist course in the subject. Winning the Peak Award completed a fantastic year and having the World Skills experience will certainly be good for my future CV.