Make-up Artistry with Fashion, Theatrical & SFX

The world of the professional Make-Up Artist offers many exciting national and international career options. Our Make-Up Artistry course will provide you with a range of professional skills and knowledge to help you launch your career.

This exciting course covers all aspects of professional Make-Up Artistry that includes Advanced High Fashion Make-Up, Make-Up for Theatre, TV and Film, Special Effects Make-up. You’ll learn Make-Up techniques, developing skills that respond to various contexts and briefs. You will use our professional purpose built facilities, and top-end products.

What Makes This Course Special

  • High-level professional skills training
  • Highly experienced make-up team
  • Real-work projects
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Excellent progression routes and career options

Course Content

  • Airbrush Make-Up
  • Fashion and Photographic Make-Up
  • Media and Theatrical Make-up
  • Creative Hair
  • Eye Treatments – Eyelash, Brow Tinting, Brow Shaping
  • Prosthetics & Bald Cap Application
  • Face and Body Paint
  • Camouflage Make-up

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Make-up artist in the Fashion, Film and TV Industries
  • Freelance Make-Up Artist
  • Make-up Consultant
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Special-effects Make-up Artist
  • TV and Film Make-up Artist
  • Wedding and Events Make-up Artist
  • Eye Technician

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress on to other courses within the college which would complement their skill set such as the Level 6 Advanced Makeup-up Artistry course, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or onto other awards in their chosen vocational area.

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I originally applied for the course because I have always loved being creative and makeup has been the perfect outlet. It is something I am passionate about and greatly enjoy and would love to follow a career in this area, which is why I was keen to partake in this course to sharpen my skills and have the opportunity to learn new and exciting styles and techniques and really enhance my makeup knowledge and ability.

I had an amazing experience doing my course at Carlow Institute! All the tutors are very talented in their areas, so I really felt like I gained a lot of new knowledge and skills throughout the course. The course content is so broad that I ended up learning new things I never thought I would like body-painting which really kept the course interesting! The facilities in the college are to such a high standard, the adjustable chairs and large mirrors making the makeup room a pleasure to work in everyday, really giving us a salon type of experience!

I am planning to progress to the level 6 Makeup Artistry course and would love to progress to teach makeup from that so that I can share my knowledge gained with others. I would also love the opportunity to work in a theatre/ cinema setting as these are both areas, I am very passionate about and feel like my time at Carlow Institute is really preparing me for both of these options!

Entry Requirements


  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical , Special Effects Hair and Media Make-up with Evolve 3003-74
    This international award at UK Level 3 is a full award equivalent to an Irish Level 5 major award


  • 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: 415708
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.