Which Delamar Academy course is right for me?

Which Delamar Academy course is right for me?

Which is the best course for me? 

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 (some do!) – for others they dream of creating monsters, aliens and fantasy creatures and some want to work in the West End on a fast-paced 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 certain modules over a long period of time.

Below is listed a breakdown of course options depending on which area of the industry you wish to focus your skills on and where you what type of jobs you want to work on. 

Working with private and bridal clients


Top bridal make-up artist, Hannah Martin, teaching a 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:

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

Working in fashion and live entertainment


Our graduates working on the X Factor

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, fashion to 4 weeks advanced fashion makeup. The course includes introduction hair styling techniques, a full 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.

Working in TV, Film and Theatre


Graduate Ella Burton, as department head on the Lion King International Tour



To work in TV, film and theater, 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 majority of actors in a drama will require some sort of alternative make-up effect. This could just be ‘camera ready’ or it could involve sickness, facial hair, ageing, injury, historical hair/make-up and wigs. For this we recommend: 

Complete Make-up Artist course (16 weeks)

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

Working in ALL areas of the industry 


1 Year Cert HE Professional Make-up Design graduate, Krystal Buckley, has worked in film, TV, theatre, fashion, commercial and private client work since graduating from Delamar.


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 covers the exact same content as the 16 week Complete Make-up Artist course, however it has 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 specialize 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.. Listed below are a couple of options of typical bespoke courses 

Special effects


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Special effects and prosthetics to a good standard are often not included in many make-up training courses or some students come to us confident in the knowledge they ONLY want to work in prosthetics. We have 3 course options available for this: 

Casualty and character (2 weeks)

This course covers all elements of creating bruises, cuts, wounds, burns, ageing, dirt etc

Prosthetics and Bald Caps (2 weeks)

The prosthetics course teaches techniques in sculpting, moulding, bald caps and the making of silicone pieces.

Advanced Prosthetics (6 weeks)

Develops on the skills learnt in the initial 2 week basic prosthetics course to and advanced level. Included is life casting, design work, advanced sculpting plus a professional photoshoot. 

Only Hair 

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Make-up artists trained in beauty, fashion and character make-up only will find they struggle when it comes to working in TV and film sets. This is because the role of a make-up artists INCLUDES hairstyling on set. To begin you have an option to just train with basic contemporary hair styling, however if you are looking to work on any production including period dramas, skills in wig dressing and advanced hair are essential.

Barbering (1 week) 

This course is designed to give students an introduction to barbering techniques and patterns. Students will learn on dolly heads (male with beards) The course will not qualify you to be a professional hairdresser and for some of our students they will go on to train in this area at other colleges or academies. 

Basic Hair (1 or 2 weeks)  

The Basic Hair course covers all the basic techniques needed to style hair in different ways. Techniques included are: blow drying, curling, braiding and up-styles. This course can be extended to 2 weeks which will include more setting techniques. Hair ‘setting’ is the creation of hair styles using rolls and pin curls which can be dressed out into period and contemporary hairstyles. 

Hollywood Hair (2 weeks)  

This course advances on the techniques you will have learned in Basic Hair. We cover more hairstyles adding in extensions, hair pieces and accessories. This course is a contemporary take on modern hairstyling, in practice these techniques work well for red carpet hair, bridal, events and fashion shoots. 

Period Wigs (1 week)  

Designed for make-up artists wanting to work in the TV, film and theatre industry, this course covers a range of historical hair styling techniques. 

Advanced Hair (6 weeks)  

Students learn how to set real hair lace wigs (as used in the industry) into the key period styles – Edwardian, Early and Late Victorian, 1920s finger waves, 1930s, 1940s and the fundamental techniques to approach all hairstyles, both contemporary and historical. Skills such as how to make a hair cage, create a style around it, laying on facial hair, styling flunkies, men’s hair and working with specialist hair pieces and equipment are all taught to an advanced level. In addition to practical classroom based work, students are encouraged to collate reference work and theory to underpin their practical training, which prepare them for the level of prep work required for a professional industry job. There are 2 practical timed assessments at the end of the course, both historical and contemporary and a professional photographer will record the student’s work to ensure they have a professional photos for their portfolios. 

Basic to Advanced Hairstyling (12 weeks) 

You can enrol to take the entire 12 weeks of hair that we cover.  This option is available if you enrol in the Autumn and usually takes about 6 months to complete as it fits in with other course timetables so it does involve a week off here and there whilst other students complete their make-up training.  Some students prefer this method if they have other work that they want to finish in the week breaks.

If you wish to enrol on or discuss any of our courses, please email us on info@delamaracademy.co.uk


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