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Make-up Artistry NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The NQ Level 6 Make-up Artistry course is designed for you if you are interested in taking the initial steps to a career in the fast-paced industry of Make-up Artistry.  All technical units build and equip you with skills to expand your creativity and artistic skills through specialist units, unique to becoming a make-up artist.  You will be taught by a team of industry experts with a wealth of experience and expertise in make-up counters, film, theatre and fashion photo shoots.  Their expertise will ensure your learning is at the centre of their teaching practice.

Work experience is an essential part of the course and you will undertake a work placement which you need to secure.  You may have the opportunity to take part in competitions and industry shows.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 5 in Hairdressing or SVQ level 2 Ladies Hairdressing or SCQF level 5 Beauty; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Due to European Directive you require to be 16 years of age by 30 September 2020 to undertake this course.

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the course is based on you:-

  • Meeting the entry requirements of your course and
  • Attending a course information session.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

Core units/subjects you will undertake are:-

  • Style, Dress and Finish Hair.
  • Wigs and Postiche for the Media.
  • Media make-up Special Effects.
  • Character make-up for TV and Theatre.
  • Styling for a Total Look.
  • Commercial Experience.

Additional units to make up your award include;

  • Photography: Digital Imaging.
  • Current Creative Make-up Trends.
  • Research Skills.

After the course


Entry level posts in the industry.

Continuing Study

HNC Fashion Make-up (SCQF Level 7)

HND Make-up Artistry TV, Film and Theatre (SCQF Level 8)

HND Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 8)


How the course is taught

The course will be taught over 2 blocks entailing 11 weeks of learning, teaching and assessment. You will be continually assessed throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment methods

The course entails a variety of assessment methods including practical, closed book and portfolio building.

Additional Information


Course materials will be provided by means of a kit to support your studies via college bursary. All stationary you need to supply.

Dress code

You are required to wear black and be of a professional standard.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome