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Make Up Artistry

Make Up Artistry

Level 2

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you want to take your first step towards achieving your goal working in the media make-up industry and have dreams of becoming a Make-up Artist.

You’ll learn: the art of applying make-up and creative make-up artistry.

Expect: a practical course learning basic hair artistry alongside make-up up artistry with related theory such as health and safety, client care, anatomy and physiology for the make-up artist.

You’ll love: the chance to pursue some exciting work experience in this field with our Level 3 Media Make-up students at College shows and events.

If you love the idea of working in the media make-up industry and have dreams of becoming a make-up artist, this is the first step towards you achieving that goal.  You will be equipped with make-up skills, which will allow you to progress on to our level 3 Media Make-up Artistry course, leading to a career in the exciting world of media make-up.

You may study techniques such as:

  • Apply basic make-up through to fashion make-up
  • Instruct clients on how to apply make-up
  • Eyelash and eyebrow treatments to compliment makeup
  • Body art design and application
  • Basic photographic make-up and different lighting techniques
  • Basic hair skills including hair ups and dressing hair to compliment makeup
  • Creating an image based on a theme
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health and Safety working practises for the makeup artist

(all subject to change)

The Makeup Studio at our Gloucester Campus offers learners the chance to train in facilities which are industry standard and will enable you to develop your skills in consultation, customer service and current techniques, giving you the confidence to give pre and after treatment/service advice using a variety of professional makeup brands.

Throughout your training programme you will be required to practise your skills on your peers to develop your skills and you may take clients to gain the widest possible range of experiences and employability skills. As in a professional environment, students will be expected to give our clients the highest possible customer care and portray a professional image.

Students are expected to source their own models for mock assessments and final exams to encourage working on lots of different faces in readiness for industry.

How will I be assessed?

  • Written assignments and projects
  • Coursework and homework tasks
  • End of year exams - practical and theoretical 
  • Portfolio of evidence


There are supplementary costs for material, books, course trips and visits. Financial assistance may be available. Please enquire with Student Services. 

This is an exciting opportunity for you to take the first steps in becoming a make-up artist and you need to be creative, have imagination and be willing to take part in extracurricular activities, which will help build your skills and knowledge of the make-up industry and prepare you for Level 3. 

  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Three GCSE subjects at Grade 3 and above:

      Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

      For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

      All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Make Up Artistry programme is:

    Make Up Artistry (Level 3) BTEC Diploma 


    Employment in industry

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Make Up Artistry

What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

If you want to work in a vibrant, ever-changing industry, a career in hairdressing, beauty and spas could be the right choice for you. 

Employment prospects in this industry are diverse and exciting, with opportunities to work in high street salons, hotels and spas, or perhaps on cruise ships travelling the world. You may even like to set up your own business. 

As a student, you’ll have the chance to use industry-standard facilities in our on-site salons at the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses. 

Throughout your training programme you will carry out treatments for your peers as well as for paying clients, giving you the chance to develop your skills and gain the widest possible range of experiences. 

Student Stories

Georgina Wilson

My aunty owns her own spa and really sparked my interest in the beauty industry. My dream is to become a Beauty Therapist and my course has taught me all of the skills needed, as well as how to be professional and confident. If you want to study a hands-on course, I would definitely recommend GC for its wide range of courses and facilities."

Georgina Wilson

Level 2 – Beauty Therapy – Cheltenham Campus

Kasey Tyler

I was originally doing A Levels and was going to work in engineering! Doing hair has always been something I enjoyed. College is very different to school. I like how everyone respects each other, and it’s friendly here. I went in not knowing anyone and they’re now my closest friends. At first I wasn’t very confident but the more I did it the easier it got. When I started talking to our clients more, I felt way more comfortable asking for help. 100% I’m more confident now!

Kasey Tyler

Level 2 - Hairdressing - Forest of Dean Campus

Cornelia Smith

I chose my course because I really enjoy hairdressing – I like styling people’s hair and making them feel happy after I’ve finished with their look. I like learning new things, learning different colours and how to do different cuts. I find the processes really interesting. I work at a salon currently and would like to stay on there. Getting that experience of a salon, seeing how stylists do different things in different ways is really good to see.

Cornelia Smith

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham

Lucie Scammell

I like doing colour because it’s more creative and you can do a lot more with it. It's really satisfying with the before and after photos. Finding clients but it is a really good way to learn and do the assessments. My lecturers are really good, they’re always there to help. I wasn’t very confident with cuts but the more practice I’ve had, the more confident I felt doing haircuts. It’s really lovely getting the client feedback afterwards.

Lucie Scammell

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham Campus

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