HNC Technical Make Up Artistry, TV, Film & Theatre

L4 Level 4
Full Time
9 September 2024 — 23 May 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

A make-up artist ensures that models, performers and presenters have suitable make-up and hairstyles for appearing in front of cameras or an audience.  This includes;

  • Film
  • Live Music
  • Photographic Shoots
  • Television
  • Theatre

A make-up artist needs creative flair, practical ability and an up-to-date knowledge of fashion and beauty trends.   The work involves creating images and characters through the medium of make-up, hairstyles and prosthetics according to a brief.

This programme offers learners a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of relevant optional units.

What you will study

Modules you will study:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Make-up Ageing Skills
  • Body Art Application
  • Special FX
  • Hair and Make-up Application
  • Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Make-up
  • Period Hair and Make-up

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £6,000.00

Entry requirements

  • A Level 3 qualification in makeup, hair and/or related subject.
  • Other Level 3 qualifications may be acceptable. In addition,
  • GCSE’s in Maths and English with a minimum of grade C (or 4)
  • International Applicants require IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements but with related work experience, will be considered.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

9 September 2024

End date

23 May 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

16 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts


What our students say

Career prospects & further study


The industry generates almost £7.7billion for the UK Economy. NHF (2018).

After completing this course you can go on to complete the full 2-year Extended Diploma. Many students progress onto courses at university, others go directly into employment. CAVC offers a HNC in Sport Coaching which if competed successfully leads on to a top up at Cardiff Metropolitan University to complete the full degree course.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE