CentreS of excellence for

theatrical & media make-up

In our Centre of Excellence for Theatrical and Media Make-up you’ll be able to turn your fascination in the way performers look on stage, film and TV into a career that will be spent transforming people into characters by using make-up, wigs and special effects.  

You’ll study in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our bespoke make-up, photography and special effects studios. You'll also have the opportunity to enter national competitions and to provide make-up and styling support on real productions.

Depending on your level of study you will complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or multiple employers, in either a single block or on seperate days during your course. You’ll also receive  ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Theatrical and Media Make-up you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Theatrical and Media Make-up you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence 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

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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 threatrical & media make-up, join us at our online event.

Join this online event to hear all about our new Centre of Excellence in 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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