Advanced Make-up – Senior Make-up Artist

Make-up Artistry is a fast-paced industry, with a wide range of career opportunities for skilled creatives. Our advanced Make-up Artistry course will support your career, building higher-level skills and knowledge, and a professional standard portfolio.

You will develop advanced level skills in practical technical units, where you will apply your creative talents as a make-up artist. Technical skills include fashion and editorial make-up techniques, and special effects make-up techniques for the Television, Film and Theatre industry. This advanced programme will support progression directly to careers in many areas of the Make-Up Artistry industry or on to Higher Education.

What Makes This Course Special

  • High-level professional skills training
  • Outstanding facilities and award-winning staff
  • Creative portfolio programme
  • Many progression options in senior roles/management
  • Fast-growing sector
  • Exciting links and visits

Course Content

  • Advanced Make-up Techniques
  • Research & Design Plans
  • Face & Body Painting#
  • SFX Make-up
  • Prosthetics & Bald Cap Application
  • Permanent Eyelashes
  • Threading
  • Salon & Sales Management

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Fashion & Media Make-up Artist
  • Eye Lash Technician, Threading Specialist
  • Film & TV Make-up Artist
  • Prosthetics Make-up Artist
  • Product Representative & Trainer
  • Salon Management
  • Senior Make-up Artist
  • Special-effect Make-up Artist


My time at Carlow Institute was truly incredible! The tutors showcased exceptional talent in their respective fields, enriching my learning journey with invaluable knowledge and skills. The course curriculum was remarkably diverse, leading me to explore unexpected areas like body-painting, which added a captivating dimension to my experience. The college facilities exceeded expectations, with adjustable chairs and spacious mirrors in the makeup room, creating a salon-like ambiance that made every day of learning a joyous occasion.


Entry Requirements

  • Level 5 Certificate Make-up Artistry or equivalent.


  • City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Theatrical & Media Make-up Techniques 5450-08 or CIDESCO Diploma in Media Make-up and Diploma in Make-up Artistry (Not approved)
  • City & Guilds Unit Awards –
    • Level 3 Apply individual permanent lashes 3003-93
    • Level 2 Provide threading services for hair removal 3003-92
    • Level 2 Provide Skincare 3003


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 414680
Coordinator: Sara Ashmore

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.