We have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you cannot see your question answered, feel free to drop us a call or email. We would love to hear from you. 

General Questions

Whilst some of our students will have experience as a make-up artist through Beauty Therapy courses, working for a brand or they may already be working as a make-up artist in the UK or abroad, the majority will not have any experience. As such all of our complete courses start with Beauty make-up, which is designed to teach the basics which are the platform from which to develop your knowledge. We would recommend either the Complete Make-up Artist, Advanced Complete Make-up Artist or the Higher Education Certificate in Professional Make-up Design course.

If you do not want to commit to a complete course but would like a taster, we would recommend coming in to model (which is free) or taking Beauty Make-up.

You can view our Privacy policy in full here. 

Enrolment and Fees

To enrol on a course at Delamar Academy, the first thing to do is give us a call on +44(0)208 579 9511 to arrange an interview and to discuss your course requirements. If you’re not able to attend an interview in person, we can arrange a telephone interview instead. After a successful interview, you’ll need to complete the Enrolment Form we send you and return the original signed form to us with your non-refundable deposit. This secures your place on your chosen course. (Please note that enrolment on the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course are processed through the Academy, and not through UCAS.) All fees for the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course must be paid by 30th June prior to the September start date and all fees for the Complete Make-up Artist Courses must be paid 4 weeks prior to the course start date. All late applicants must pay the full fees before the course start date.

Delamar Academy is no longer able to issue student visas to international students, so if you are from outside the EU and were interested in the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course, you could join either our 22 week or our 16 week Complete Make-up Artsist Course. Once you have completed either of these courses, you can join further courses that are included in the HE certificate course, such as Advanced Fashion or Advanced Prosthetics, Revision weeks or Advanced Airbrushing. All students must be at least 18 years old before enrolling on a course. All deposits and fees are non-refundable. Please also check the section below on qualifications required.

The course fees are listed below.

  • Cert HE Professional Make-up Design
    (Including your own text book and make-up kit)
    1 year – £19,600.00
  • Advanced Complete Make-up Artist Course
    (Including your own text book and make-up kit)
    22 weeks – £14,900
  • Complete Make-up Artist Course
    (Including your own text book and make-up kit)
    16 weeks – £11,820
  • Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up Course
    (Including your own text book and make-up kit)
    12 weeks – £9,700
  • Advanced Fashion Course
    6 weeks – £5,600   4 weeks – £3,600
  • Advanced Hair Course
    6 weeks – £5,600
  • Advanced Prosthetics Course
    6 weeks – £5,600
  • Hollywood Hair – 2 weeks – £1,750
  • Advanced TV & Film- 2 weeks – £1,750
  • Prosthetics & Bald Caps- 2 weeks – £1,900
  • Short Courses within the complete make-up artist course
  • (course costs are higher on modules involving events such as photoshoots and lighting days)
  • 1 week – £900
  • 2 weeks onwards – POA calculated on materials, if there is a photoshoot or kit included. 

A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the course fees must be paid in order to guarantee your place on any course.

Fees for the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course must be paid by the 30th June prior to the start of the course in September. All other fees must be paid 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

If you enrol for a course less than 4 weeks before the course start date, you must pay all fees at the time of enrolment.

Deposits and fees are usually paid by cheque or by bank transfer.

Your Enrolment Form includes Delamar Academy’s bank details.

If you pay by bank transfer, please use the student’s full name as a reference.

Cheques or bank transfers from international students must be in pounds sterling. Please note that fees for international students are the same as those for UK students.

On all courses lasting 12 weeks or more, a make-up kit and bag is provided and each student receives a copy of “The Complete Make-up Artist” textbook by Penny Delamar, which is referred to throughout the course. Our Summer Beauty & Fashion course also includes a full kit. The fees also cover the many products and materials used during the course, as well as equipment and tools.

For the short courses, all make-up and a set of brushes is provided for the student to use for the duration of the course.

For the students on the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course, registration with the University of West London is also included in the fees.

Regardless of course, all our graduates receive unlimited aftercare and opportunities through the Delamar Agency. This is a lifelong and free service, which we continue to provide for as long as each graduate stays in touch and requires our help. 

All of our graduates are invited back for special masterclass evenings where we host some of the most respected artists, brands and experts in the industry. You can read all about our masterclasses here. 

The kit-bag is designed to include everything we believe a make-up artist should have as part of their basic equipment. Anything you need that you don’t find in your kit is available at the academy. You will have to buy small items such as a pair of tweezers and we recommend you have a decent ‘point and click’ camera or camera phone and access to the internet.

We change the contents of the kit bag every year to reflect new products used within the industry. For 2019, however, the contents had a retail value of over £1,200 and included:

  • A kit bag
  • A set of top brushes
  • Bobbi Brown foundations
  • Mac products
  • Various palettes – eyeshadow, blusher, lip, camouflage
  • Sponges
  • Hair kit including brushes, combs, scissors, tray filled with pins and grips, hair nets etc
  • Skin Illustrator palette
  • A copy of The Complete Make-up Artist textbook by Penny Delamar

You can read more about the kits we supply here. 

Yes, if you are doing one module we can lend you a kit for the week, but you will benefit from using the same brushes and products on the course that you will use later. If you have your own brushes etc. we would recommend you bring them in so that the tutor can teach you how to use them better. However if you don’t already have a kit we can sell you one.

The kit will be the brushes and/ or products used in the module(s) you are doing. You can also purchase a Delamar set bag and textbook if you wish.

Loans: Many banks offer competitive rates of interest to help you fund your training here. We are not financial advisors so cannot recommend a particular type of loan, money comparison sites should be helpful. 

Unfortunately, due to new legislation, student loans and grant tuition fee loans will not be available for the 2017/2018 academic year or on our University of West London accredited courses.

Credit Card Loans:- We also accept credit cards. Further details on the loans and credit cards available can be found on a range of websites, including MoneySavingExpert.com

We have a full page on funding here. 

Eligible participants can apply for the BAFTA Scholarship , where up to £12,000 is available towards the course fees of UK based students with financial hardship. You can read all about the BAFTA Scholarship here. 

Eligible participants can apply to Creative Skillset for a bursary of up to 80% for freelancers under the Film Bursary Scheme. Skillset will also help with travel over 50 miles from the centre of London and accommodation costs.

You can find out more on the Skillset site or by calling the Bursary Team on 0207 713 9829.

The Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course is validated by the University of West London and is equivalent to the first year of a degree. The first term is comparable to the 14-week Complete Make-up Artist Course, as it covers all the basic skills of make-up and hair. In the second term, skills are developed to an advanced level and, by the third term, all students will have consolidated their skills through producing a portfolio of work and enjoying a variety of work experience.

The highly comprehensive Complete Make-up Artist Course (in 12, 15, or 16 weeks) covers all the basic skills of make-up and hair. It is specifically designed for those who benefit from an intensive and focused style of tuition and is often attended by people who are changing career. The course has been running since 1986 and has produced many successful graduates, including Academy Awards, BAFTAs, International Indian Academy Award and Emmy Award winners.

One course is not better than the other: all our tutors work on both courses and all our students are offered work experience, regardless of which course they are enrolled on.

Yes, all our courses can be split into modules covering a particular speciality. Provided you can demonstrate the pre-requisite skills required for the module(s) you’ve chosen, you can attend any of the courses we offer.

For a bespoke price, please contact admissions@delamaracademy.co.uk.

International Students

Yes. When you enrol, you will be given the email addresses of the other students, as well as details for estate agents. We will also arrange for Facebook groups to be set up for all of the students for that year. You will also be able to contact previous students – or us – for further advice. This will help you to settle in and get to know your fellow students before the course starts. If you don’t find what you want with other students, please go to the Does Delamar Academy help with accommodation? section for renting rooms.

Delamar Academy welcomes students from all over the world onto its courses, and this has contributed to its excellent international reputation as an exceptional learning environment. London is a fantastic, vibrant and exciting city, culturally rich, and full of interesting people and places. Based in Ealing, West London, and surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, the Academy is an easy tube/train ride away from Central London. The professional facility at Ealing Studios, one of the leading Film Studios in the world, is the ideal environment in which to train in make-up and hair.

Delamar courses are very visual and hands-on, which means that no previous experience is necessary, although a good level of spoken and English comprehension is required.

Please note that for all students, whether from the UK or abroad, Delamar Academy charges the same course fees.


If you are a national of a non-EU country you will need a visa to study here.

Please follow this link to see whether you are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa.

It is with regret that we have decided not to register again with UKBA, the UK Borders Agency, who grants us permission to issue visas to international students. We will not, therefore, be able to accept international, non-EU, students onto the 1 Year HE Certificate in Professional Make-up Design Course unless they have a tier 5, working holiday visa. 

If you were interested in the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course but are unable to study in the UK for a year, you could join either our 22 week Advanced Complete Make-up Artist Course or our 16 week Advanced Make-up Artist Course. Once you have completed either of these courses, you can join further courses that are included in the HE certificate course, such as Advanced Fashion or Advanced Prosthetics, Revision weeks, or Advanced Airbrushing.

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International students can apply for leave to enter the UK as a Student Visitor.  The visa is called a Short Term Study Visa. This new category allows for short term students to undertake a short period of study during their visit to the UK. As a Student Visitor you would be required to meet the requirements of the rules relating to visitors.

 The period when you intend to be in the UK must not exceed six months.

There are no provisions for Student Visitors to extend their leave in the UK or switch in-country to any other category. If you wished to follow a further course of study you would have to return to your home country and obtain a student visa. For more details on applying for leave to enter the UK as a student visitor please click here. 


We have a post on the website all about accommodation. This should provide you with all the information you could need. 

You will need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa.

You will need to provide the following documents on application for your visa.

  • Current passport
  • 1 x passport size photograph
  • Evidence that you can support yourself during your stay in the UK.

For example, your latest 3 bank statements, at least – these have to be the LATEST 3 bank statements, not older ones.

There is not an amount of money that is set as ‘enough’ money to support oneself but staying in hotels or with family and where you are staying in London or a little village in the north will all be taken into account. You will need more money to stay in London and if you are staying in a hotel.

  • Details of where you are staying and where you are travelling on the night of arrival in the UK the student MUST have proof of booking if staying at a hotel. This is not followed up after the first night but the first night MUST be booked.

Any documents not in English must be translated and certified.

  • Letter of acceptance from your place of study.

We will provide this once you are enrolled onto a course. We can only provide you with an acceptance letter after we have received your completed enrolment form and deposit. The deposit is non-refundable.


In some countries your local visa office will like to see evidence that Delamar Academy is a recognised and reputable training academy. Delamar Academy is registered with The British Accreditation Council (BAC) – this registration can be easily seen on the visa office system. Should your visa advisor want to see further evidence that we offer accredited courses we can supply you with a copy of our accreditation certificate.


Students can apply for a visa with an offer letter. For an offer letter you do not have to enrol onto a course and therefore pay your non-refundable deposit prior to your visa application. This is not as ‘strong’ as an acceptance letter. Students have 2 options:


  1. Enrol onto a course, pay the non-refundable deposit and secure your place on the course and then apply for your visa with an acceptance letter. If your visa is rejected for a reason which is not our fault we will not refund the deposit to you.
  2. Apply for your visa with an offer letter, get the visa and then enrol onto the course. However with this option, in the meantime, if the class spaces run out we cannot allow you into the course.  


You can apply up to 3 months in advance of the course start date.

We would advise you to apply as early as possible.

You should check out the length of time it takes to issue a visa in your own country.

  • Applicants apply for the wrong visa.
  • The offer letter does not meet the UK visa service information requirement.
  • The applicant has misunderstood the documents required.
  • The applicant’s financial documents are out of date.

Visiting the Academy

Absolutely! We encourage all applicants to visit Delamar Academy to see the premises and to attend an informal interview. We believe this is important, as it gives you the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the courses. We can also ensure that you’ve chosen the course that is best for you.

We have an exhibition for the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course in June each year, but by this time the course may already be full for the following September.

All Delamar Academy tutors are experienced make-up artists active in their own specialist field within the Film, Fashion, TV & Theatre industry. Many of our tutors have been busy winning awards whilst finding the time to come back and teach before taking our graduates onto their jobs. You can read more about our tutors here. 

Our class sizes are kept small, intimate and friendly, which allows you to receive individual tuition and ensures we maintain the high standard of make-up training for which Delamar Academy is renowned. You’ll be in classes with approximately 10-12 students, with a maximum of 14 students.

Classes for full-time courses run from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, with an hour’s lunch break. Some flexibility may be required, as some classes can finish a little late, when necessary.


No previous make-up experience is required for any of our courses.

Please refer to the relevant course details page for specific entry requirements.

Yes. The interview is informal so it’s not something to worry about. However, there are a number of things you can do to make sure things go as smoothly as possible:

  • Make sure you’ve planned your journey to Delamar, so that you arrive at the interview on time.
  • If you have time to model, let us know in advance, as that will allow you to see a class and talk to students.
  • If you have questions you want to ask, write them down (or save them on your phone) in case you forget them during the interview.
  • While it’s always pleasing to see someone’s work, it’s not necessary to bring a portfolio.

No, we only take students who are 18 years of age or older.

Anyone who is 21 years of age or over is regarded as a mature student and it is therefore not necessary to consider their academic qualifications on application for our Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course.


Some mature students worry about entering the industry later in life. However, we often reassure these students that so many success stories come from training as a make-up artist when older. It can even be an advantage to have developed improved people skills and have the life experience to be a better make-up artist.

All students must be able to speak and understand English. For international students whose first language is not English, a qualification of IELTS 6 is required.

About the Courses

Unlike other courses, we provide all necessary make-up and appliances used by professional make-up artists – that’s you – for the duration of the course. For example, we provide a wig oven for wig-dressing, where many other make-up courses don’t.

When we have more than 14 students, we split the group; for example, if we have 20 students, we will have two classes of 10 students.

All Delamar graduates are eligible for work experience after they have completed their course. We have a recognised agency that provides work experience to all our graduates. The teachers are also working make-up artists, so will often give work to our students – as will former graduates. They use Delamar because they know they can trust the standard of our graduates.

All the teachers at Delamar are at the top of the industry and we hire them to teach between other jobs. This means that the rest of their time they are working on projects that give them up-to-date examples for their teaching and which might also provide work experience for our students.

The Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course – , the Advanced Complete Make-up Artist course, the Advanced Fashion Course and summer 7 week courses all include a photo shoot during the final week. The other courses do not, however, we provide continual opportunities for you to take photos of your work as reference to your developing skills. We can run an extra one-day photo shoot after your course should there be sufficient demand.

We use a variety of brands that are used in the make-up industry. No make-up range is complete enough for us to use them exclusively. There are also too many to name because different brands are required, depending on the script and situation. So, we don’t recommend any brands, as such. However, we do arrange demonstrations for our students and graduates to improve their product knowledge.

After Graduation

All students who complete The Advanced Complete Make-up Artist, Complete Make-up Artist or shorter course (a module of the longer courses) at Delamar, will receive a certificate from Delamar Academy. This will list the make-up artist tutors, the name and dates of your course, and is signed by Academy Principal. These certificates are recognized throughout the industry. On completion of the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course, student will receive a Certificate of Higher Education by the University of West London – a level 4 qualification and equivalent to the first year of a degree course. 


Delamar Academy has been training students in make-up and hair since 1986. Many of our graduates are the leading make-up artists in the industry today, working all over the world. Their success is a credit to the Academy – and many of them return to Delamar to teach or find trainees for their projects. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the future careers of our students and offer one-to-one support in preparing them for it.

We will be talking to you throughout the course, but your priority will be learning as much as you can from our fabulous tutors. This is why, at the end of the course, you will have a meeting with Leda about what you want to do going forward. Whilst we always recommend that you don’t specialise, you will have a natural leaning towards certain types of work and certain types of make-up artists. We can then advice you where to focus your attention and recommend you to tutors that are best placed to help you into the part of the industry that you’re most excited about.

After your initial meeting we will still expect you to stay in touch so that we know your availability. We also love hearing about all of the experience you’re getting and helping you towards the next stage of your career (whichever stage you’re at).

Every year we have students who go straight onto one of the big film or theatre productions of the summer. However, you also should be prepared to start by doing unpaid work, if necessary, as this is how most make-up artists continue their development and build contacts. Most professional make-up artists will advise future make-up artists to do whatever work (paid or unpaid) is offered because you never know where a contact may be made.

Your main sources of work through Delamar will be:

  • Our tutors taking students on film and TV jobs, wherever possible
  • Our contacts in wig-making and other specialist fields, where appropriate
  • As a registered agency, we can provide work experience
  • Your fellow students, who will create contacts in jobs and pass on job opportunties they cannot fill
  • Students at the Met Film School (also in Ealing) use Delamar students for make-up on their films

We also have links with other film and production houses and put those to good use for our graduates.

More information about the Delamar Agency can be found on here. 

Personal Recommendation

“Everything I learned at the Academy has been invaluable to me throughout my career so far. The tutors who taught me were absolutely amazing and each of them passed on such useful knowledge – from tools and techniques to what to expect from working in the industry.”

Caroline Peberdy, 2015 Graduate (Advanced Complete Make-up Artist)

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