Theatrical & Media Make-up 

With the rise of an increasing number of online streaming platforms people’s obsession with TV, films and theatre continues to grow. As such, there is an increasing demand for highly trained professionals to fill a growing number of roles. 

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical and Media Make-up you’ll be able to turn your fascination in the way performers look into a career that will be spent transforming people into characters, using make-up, wigs and special effects. You’ll work closely with our Industry Excellence Academy for Creative & Digital Media and Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, providing make-up and styling support on real working productions.

You’ll also study in our state-of-the-art facilities, including having access to our bespoke make-up studios, photography studios and special effects workshops, leaving you equipped with all the skills required to embark upon a successful career.

You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions with a named Employability Tutor to develop your skills and knowledge. In addition you will be allocated a dedicated Employability and Partnership Coordinator who will support you every step of the way helping to prepare you and equip you with the skills that you will need to thrive in the workplace. 

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 £18,000 to photographic stylists 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: 


Explore our gallery. 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.

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. Download the subject area guide. 

Find out more about theatrical & media make-up, join us at our online event

Join this online event to hear all about our new Industry Excellence Academy for Theatrical & Media Make-up, you'll be taken on a virtual tour of our beauty therapy rooms, all boasting the latest tech and equipment, you'll hear about careers in this glamorous industry, and you'll hear exactly what it's like studying Theatrical & Media Make-up with us from a current Media Make-up student.  

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