Advanced Fashion Course

1-year Higher Education Certificate
in PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP DESIGN

If you want the most intensive and highly structured practical training in make-up design and hairdressing in the UK, this is the make-up course for you.

Equivalent to the first year of a degree course – and validated by the University of West London – the Delamar Academy Certificate in Professional Make-up Design is respected and renowned throughout the make-up industry and media business. Delamar Academy itself is famous for its high educational standards and hands-on, top quality teaching.

Many of the leading make-up artists at work in film, TV, theatre, and the fashion industry across the globe today are graduates of Delamar Academy.

What you’ll learn

No previous experience of make-up or hairdressing is necessary because, when you join Delamar Academy, all the basic skills are taught from the very first day.

The course provides an intensive grounding in every make-up and hairdressing skill you’ll need for working as a make-up artist in any area of the media business. At the end of your year, you will:

  • Have a high level of proficiency in all areas of make-up and hair for Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion;
  •  Know how to research a subject and use relevant reference material to fulfil a make-up brief;
  • Understand the key differences between working in TV, Film, Theatre, and Fashion;
  • Possess the professional skills and contacts to help you start your career in the make-up artist industry;
  • Have a portfolio of work to help you with future employment;
  • Have worked on set and gained valuable experience and confidence in a professional environment.

How you’ll learn it

The year-long course is divided into 2 semesters, each with an exciting mix of practical hands-on tuition, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. Class times are 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

All students receive a kit bag and make-up, a set of brushes, a handbook with full details of the course structure and assessment methods, and the text book “The Complete Make-Up Artist”, written by our Principal, Penny Delamar. This is a well-respected text book on all aspects of make-up and will become a vital reference as you progress through the course.

The kit given to students includes products from selected brands such as Nars, Charles Fox, MAC, Screenface, and many more. Further make-up – from these brands and many others – is also available for use during the course.

As the course is validated by University of West London, students will receive student support, including accommodation, access to the students’ union, and much more. Find out more about the support offered by the university here.

First Semester

The first semester has three start dates; in September, January and March/April.

Your first semester gives you an intensive introduction to the essentials of make-up and hair. This will include the following modules:

In this module you’ll study facial anatomy, health and safety practises, skin care, the correct use of tools and products, the principles of lighting and shading in make-up, as well as colour mixing and blending, the application of bases, and beauty make-up for day and evening. You’ll also cover bridal make-up, corrective make-up (contouring and face shaping), and the make-up techniques required for HD TV and Film.

Now you’ll move on to hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, straighteners, and bendies. You’ll learn techniques such as styling long hair, French pleats, bridal styles, braiding, and plaiting, as well gaining knowledge of a variety of hair products and how best to apply them.

You’ll learn how to research and use reference photos to create period looks and period make-up for Film, TV, and Theatre. Periods covered will include the Eighteenth Century, the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s.

This module teaches you how to perfect techniques for lips, eyes, cheeks, and eyebrows. You’ll look particularly at applying these techniques for fashion photography and the catwalk. You’ll also learn how to follow a fashion brief and acquire knowledge of fashion products and how best to use them.

You’ll have fun working on real hair wigs with lace fronts, as used in Theatre, Film, and TV. The module takes you through blocking, dressing, cleaning, and washing wigs, as well as researching period styles, creating ringlets, spirals, pincurls, finger waves, and victory rolls. By the end, you will understand and be able to apply the correct styling for a particular period setting.

Building on the period techniques learned earlier in your course, you’ll now research a period look of your own choice and combine period make-up and hair to create an individual project. This will involve setting, dressing out, fitting, and applying wigs, as well as choosing and using costume to achieve the final finish for your required look.

This is less about the problem kind and more about researching facial hair through the ages. You’ll learn how to knot a piece of facial hair, how to dress and tong moustaches, beards, and sideburns, as well as all the skills needed for the application, maintenance, styling, and cleaning of facial hair.

Here you’ll learn to research and develop designs and apply various bodypainting products. You’ll be using sponge and brush work, as well as learning airbrush techniques – including the necessary health and safety issues associated with an airbrush. There will be free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting and using stencils, and you’ll complete the module with an individual bodypainting project.

Learn how to make and apply a Bald Cap, as well as designing, making, and applying a range of prosthetic pieces. The 2-week module also covers the theory of prosthetics and working procedures, health and safety practises, mould making, sculpting, silicone runs, preparing moulds, and the application of silicone or foam pieces with make-up to achieve a finished look.

Learn how to make and apply a Bald Cap, as well as designing, making, and applying a range of prosthetic pieces. The 2-week module also covers the theory of prosthetics and working procedures, health and safety practises, mould making, sculpting, silicone runs, preparing moulds, and the application of silicone or foam pieces with make-up to achieve a finished look.

Second Semester

Your second semester will have two possible start dates; one in January and the other depending on your choice of Project.

In your second semester you will concentrate on improving the skills learned in your first semester by revisiting some of the earlier topics but in much greater detail. The semester is split into two major modules: Project and Portfolio Building.

In Project, you will have a choice of specialised options – choose between:

The six weeks of the module build on the prosthetics skills learned in your first semester and take you to a point where you are confident enough to create your own individual prosthetic project. You’ll cover all areas of special effects prosthetics work in depth, using the latest creative and laboratory techniques, through workshops, tutor demonstrations, and individual student projects. Expert guidance is given throughout, and particular attention is paid to health and safety in the workplace.

(See more details on the separate Advanced Prosthetics course page.)

Now you’ll move on to hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, straighteners, and bendies. You’ll learn techniques such as styling long hair, French pleats, bridal styles, braiding, and plaiting, as well gaining knowledge of a variety of hair products and how best to apply them.

You’ll examine period and contemporary hair techniques in depth. Learning is through a combination of tutor demonstrations and workshops. You’ll practice the techniques both to produce authentic period hairstyles and to create contemporary looks based on the period. The course ends with two assessed photoshoots with a professional photographer to produce photos to add to your portfolio.

(See more details on the separate Advanced Hair course page.)

(4 weeks of Beauty and Fashion with 2 weeks of Casualty and Character)

You’ll combine developing your fashion skills with developing your character and casualty skills in this make-up for TV and films module.

Learning is through a combination of tutor demonstrations and workshops. The Fashion section of the course ends with an assessed fashion shoot with a professional photographer and models to provide you with a fashion photo to add to your portfolio. The casualty and character ends with looking at your make-up through a camera, in different lighting settings and after speed tests designed to give you as long as you can expect on set.

(See more details on the separate Combined Studies course page)

Each module includes practical assessments and a research assignment.

The second semester will also include further classes in:

  • continuity
  • script breakdown
  • set-etiquette
  • career development
  • behind the scenes information about the film, tv, fashion, and theatre industries.

These classes lead up to your entry into the industry. This information – combined with masterclasses by guest tutors, lighting and camera workshops, and coaching in professional skills – ensures you are fully prepared to enter the industry on completion of your course.
This semester will also see you begin to go out on more work experience. The Delamar Agency is well regarded throughout the industry and you’ll benefit from being recommended for student films, fashion shoots, and theatrical productions, which will add to your portfolio building.

Portfolio Building will help you to start building your portfolio through work experience and focussed project-based sessions. These will include classes in Beauty, Casualty and Character, Period Make-up and Hair, Bald Caps, and Bodypainting. You will also be able to create additional projects of your own for your portfolio, with access to Delamar facilities. (You can find out more about this part of the course by looking at the details on the Portfolio Building course page).

Your portfolio will be presented at the End of Year Exhibition, along with your notes and evidence of the work experience you’ve done. As well as seeing your portfolio assessed, the Exhibition is an opportunity for Delamar tutors and other make-up artists who attend the exhibition to determine your skills and creativity and to consider you for roles assisting them in current or future make-up work.

At the end of the course, you have the excitement of the formal Graduation Ceremony to look forward to before you take your first steps in your new career.

You will have learnt how to find your own work and make contacts within the industry throughout the year. You will still however, have full access to the Delamar Agency after you graduate.

Where you’ll learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on our Get in touch page or on the Ealing Studios site itself.)

In our spacious classrooms, you’ll have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. A large prosthetics workshop is based on site at Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also a Film School, which offers a first step in studio experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Your next steps

Although no experience in make-up or hairdressing is needed, all students must have an informal interview, ideally in person but, if that’s not possible, on the telephone.

Please note that all students must be at least 18 years old.

In addition, if English is not your first language you must have a good standard of spoken English (equivalent to IELTS 6.5).

Due to the number of level 3 Make-up courses that are not recognised by UCAS there is no formal minimum criteria. However we will discuss your academic qualifications and work experience to ensure they meet the UWL criteria. If they do not, we may suggest modules that are not validated by the University of West London as an alternative. This can be discussed further during your informal interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% deposit (£4,900) and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest is due by the end of June prior to the course start. Where spaces are still available after the end of June (there is no closing date for course entries where spaces are available) the full fees are due on enrolment. If the course is full we would recommend being placed on the waiting list. We will contact people on the waiting list if a student asks to defer.

Check out the dates of the next course in the course dates section located in the left sidebar.

Please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email admissions@delamaracademy.co.uk to discuss your course needs, or to talk about the qualifications for entry.

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