Which Delamar Academy Course is right for me?

Which Delamar Academy Course is right for me?

Dear Delamar,

I see there is a huge skills shortage in the industry and I want to get stuck in! Which is the best course for me? 

Let’s break it down for you

There has never been a more exciting time to train. Netflix, Marvel, the BBC, you name it… they need Make-up Artists! 

As the longest running make-up school in the UK, Delamar Academy courses are world famous for their credentials in the industry. We have had plenty of experience with getting to know our students and understanding the dreams and ambitions that they come to us with. Here we explain how each different course will prepare you for various roles and career paths within the industry. 

For many of our students, their vision of a make-up artist involves applying glamorous fashion and beauty make-up to celebrities everyday (and many do just that!) – for others they dream of creating monsters, aliens and fantasy creatures and some want to work in the West End on a fun theatre production. The great news is, the industry is vast, and there is room for everyone. When you come to us to discuss a course you wish to do, please understand that you can build a course around your own finances and time. We have many students take selected modules over a period of time.

Below is listed a detailed breakdown of course options depending on which area of the industry you wish to work in:

Bridal Make-up

Hannah Martin teaching a special guest Bridal Masterclass here. 

Working with private and bridal clients can be a highly lucrative business, both here in the UK and internationally. We have 2 courses that are excellent starting points:

Beauty (1 week)

This is an introduction to basic beauty techniques such as foundation application, make-up for different skin tones, day look, evening look. 

Fashion (1 week)

The basic fashion course build on the skills learnt from basic beauty and introduces students to more stylised techniques such as smokey eyes, eyeliner and glitter work. The fashion courses are a lot more technical, which provides crucial knowledge for Bridal Make-up Artists. 

The option of two weeks of training provides fundamental skills required to create private and bridal looks.

Fashion, Commercial & Entertainment 

If you are looking for some opportunities beyond private clients on jobs with commercial or media based work, you will need further training in how to perfect techniques and work with camera. This could be working on music videos, red carpet events, photoshoots, ecommerce, commercial advertising etc.. 

Beauty and Fashion Summer course (7 weeks) 

The 7 week course takes students from basic beauty and fashion techniques through to 4 weeks Advanced Fashion Makeup. The course includes introduction to hair styling techniques, a full beauty make-up kit to keep, plus a professional photoshoot. 

Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up course (12 weeks)

Our ultimate beauty and fashion make-up course. The complete course will give you all the skills to work in media hair and make-up. Starting with basic beauty and fashion you will go on to learn more advanced fashion techniques (4 weeks) plus hairstyling, period make-up, airbrush and body art and Hollywood Hair. The course includes a full make-up kit and professional photoshoot.


TV, Film & Theatre 

Graduate Ella Burton working on a recent production

To work in TV, film and theatre, students need to learn many more techniques beyond making someone look beautiful and glamorous. Character development is a vital role for a make-up artist as the majority of actors in a drama will require some sort of make-up effect. This could just be ‘camera ready’ or it could involve sickness, facial hair, ageing, injury, historical hair/make-up and wigs. As a minimum, for this we recommend: 

Complete Make-up Artist course (16 weeks) 

The course covers all essential skills to work across TV, film, theatre and fashion. This intensive course covers a different topic each week and includes beauty, fashion, hair styling (contemporary and historical) prosthetics and more.

To be employable for ALL areas of the industry 

The 16 week Complete Make-up Artist course will cover the essential skills to work in the fashion industry. The 7, 12, 22 week and 1 year course spend a lot longer on fashion, so this is worth bearing in mind. For ALL round training we would recommend one of the following 2 courses. 

Advanced Complete Make-up Artist course (22 weeks) 

The course goes beyond the 16 week Complete Make-up Artist course with an additional 6 weeks of Advanced Combined studies. Included in this are 4 weeks Advanced Fashion plus 2 weeks Advanced TV and film. Students will revisit and refine looks and techniques, plus get a professional photoshoot. You can see images from our photoshoots here. 

Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course (1 year)

A most in-depth and comprehensive course for those wanting the skills to work in all areas of the industry. Validated by the University of West London, this Level 4 course covers all aspects of media hair and make-up, including beauty, fashion, special effects and hair – but also workshop weeks, advanced body art, portfolio building. In addition to this students have an option to specialise in their favorite area of the industry with a choice between Advanced Fashion, Hair or Prosthetics. 

Bespoke courses: 

We understand some students come to us with certain skills already covered to a good enough standard to work in a particular area, however they may want to diversify into prosthetics, hair styling, character, body art etc… they might opt for a selection of week long individual module courses. 

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