Industry EXCELLENCE ACADEMY FOR Theatrical AND Media Make-up

At The Manchester College you’ll gain skills in professional-standard make-up, photography and film and television studios, as well as special effects workshops with the latest industry products and technology.

In our Industry Excellence Academy, you’ll be guided by seasoned industry professionals who’ve worked on film and TV sets and at top events like London Fashion Week, hear from experts from leading brands and join master classes

You’ll work with aspiring media and theatrical talent, providing make-up and styling support for live sets and productions for our Visual Arts and Performing Arts departments.

If you want the power to make it real, this is your next step. All you need is some creative flair and a desire to make us see it, feel and believe it.

Once you’ve completed your journey with us there are a number of different career options open to you in the make-up industry, ranging from Special Effects Artists to Photographic Technicians, with an average industry annual salary of £28,250.

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical and Media Make-up you’ll take a course that has been co-developed and is co-delivered by one of our leading industry partners. You’ll complete either a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and a placement with an industry employer of at least 15 days. 

By the time you complete your time in the Industry Excellence Academy you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical and Media Make-up, you’ll learn the skills that will set you up for a career spent transforming people. These range from special effect artists with an average annual salary of £30,000 to photographic technicians with an average annual salary of £21,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

Kryolan Logo


Kryolan is a world-wide cosmetics company founded and headquartered in Berlin, Germany. By some estimates, Kryolan creates two-thirds of global production of professional makeup for film, TV and theater.


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.

I have worked in a number of different hair salons alongside make up artists, giving me real life experiences as well as practicing in the salon at college.
Macie Caffrey

Download subject area guide

Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you in our subject area guide. 

join us at our NEXT OPEN event

Book your place at our next open event to learn all about our Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical and Media Make-up, meet our tutors, see our fully-equipped industry standard make-up studios and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Theatrical and Media Make-up at The Manchester College.

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