1 Year Higher Education Certificate In Professional Make-Up Design

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Delamar Academy - University of West London

The Delamar Academy 1 Year Course reputation is unrivalled as the leading course for make-up and hair training. Our Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course is the most extensive qualification we offer, providing students with the best start to their career in make-up. Famous for our curated selection of industry-respected teachers, we train our students to the highest standards, with constant focus on professionalism and industry advice, above and beyond just teaching the practical skills. Equivalent to the first year of a degree course, the University of West London validate this course. Delamar Academy is accredited by BAC. 

This course ensures students are provided with a fully developed, rich curriculum of knowledge and practical experience to work in the industry. Throughout this course each student receives personal tutorials with their tutors and our course leader, to appraise, motivate and guide the learning process.  All students receive aftercare and support to find work opportunities in the industry.

What you will learn


The Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course includes a comprehensive selection of classes covering all the hair and make-up training required to put you on the set of a film, theatre production, television show or fashion shoot…

By the end of the year you will:

  • Know how to research a subject and use relevant reference material to fulfil a make-up brief;
  • 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 will learn it


Classes are taught through practical demonstrations and one-to-one attention on each student’s work. Students work on each other or a model with a very practical and hands-on approach from day one. The focus is on developing students’ practical skills. Class times are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  We also hold guest master-classes and industry talks throughout the year featuring top industry experts and artists. You can read all about our masterclasses here. 

The kit given to students includes products from selected brands such as Bobbi Brown,  MAC, Royal Langnickel Brushes, Kryolan and many more. Further make-up, from these brands and many others, is also available for use during the course.

Assessment & Theory


The Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course is made up of modules, which are ‘blocks’ of teaching, learning and assessment. To achieve the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course certificate you must complete and pass four modules: Beauty and Fashion Make-up and Hair module; Film, TV and Theatre Make-up and Hair module; Specialisation module and Portfolio Building module, which culminate in 120 credits.

The class sizes are generally small (around 12 students, maximum 14) . This enables the teaching to be interactive and individual. Most of the tuition is practical and hands-on, with a tutor demo in the morning, followed by practical sessions for the rest of the day, in which students learn how to handle specialist equipment, tools and materials. There is a heavy emphasis on individual and group creativity, and all subjects are underpinned by theory, research, and visual references. The students are required to conduct their own research, in order to make design and creative choices. The weighting of the course is 30% theory, 70% practical. 

Graduates from this course will have a wide scope for career progression in the media industry, in all areas of TV, Feature Film, Theatre, and Fashion. This could be either as an ‘all rounder’ or in a highly specialised field. The course focuses on preparing students for entry into the industry straight after graduation, with the help of the Delamar Agency. 

First Semester

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 will study facial anatomy, health and safety practises, skincare, the correct use of tools and products, the principles of light and shade, as well as colour mixing, blending, the application of bases, and beauty make-up for day and evening. You will also cover bridal make-up, corrective make-up (contouring and face shaping), and the make-up techniques required for HD TV and film.

This module teaches hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, straighteners, and hot sticks. You will 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 use them. Basic hair follows into a second week of hair setting techniques, used for both period and contemporary hairstyling. In this second week students will learn a range of hair sets including, brickwork wet set, onion set, princess set and horseshoe set. 

You will learn how to research and use reference photos to create period looks with make-up for film, TV, and theatre. Periods covered will include the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, 1960s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

This module teaches you the techniques, product knowledge and fashion ‘eye’ for make-up on editorial shoots, catwalks and commercial jobs. You will learn the best application methods for blending, use of cream products, precise lipstick application, different foundation effects, how to work with different eye shapes and brows. You will also learn how to follow a fashion brief and acquire knowledge of specific products and how best to use them.

This module focuses on setting and dressing out real hair wigs with lace fronts, as used in theatre, film, and TV. The module takes you through blocking, setting, 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.

This module is focused on researching facial hair through the ages. You will 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.

Applying make-up with an airbrush creates a flawless base. During this week you will learn to research, develop designs and apply airbrush make-up, with one day spent entirely on body painting. You will use sponges, brushes and airbrush techniques – including the necessary health and safety issues associated with an airbrush machine. There will be free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting stencils, and you will complete the module with an individual body-painting project.

You will learn how to 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 prosthetic pieces with make-up to achieve a finished look.

You will learn to research various casualty effects – using reference material – so that you can create bruises, scars, open wounds, stitched wounds, grazes, cuts, burns of all types (first to third degree), and different blood effects. In addition, you’ll learn how to create dirt, sweat, and tears, maintain an effect for continuity over time, represent illness, spots, diseases, and track marks, show a character growing older and use make-up effects to change a character’s gender

You will have a week of master classes on different parts of the industry. Included are classes in understanding and following continuity, script and character breakdowns, understanding set etiquette, guidance on writing a CV and cover letter, speed tests and a lighting day with a professional cameraman with an HD camera and monitor.

Second Semester

During the Second Semester, this is where independent study and research is most crucial. Students will be required to do homework and prepare reference material for their classes. You will make a specialisation choice during the second semester, from Advanced Prosthetics, Advanced Hair or Advanced Fashion below. 


Our students are privy to the best teaching, knowledge and industry advice. Semester 2 is broken up into two modules: Specialisation, Masterclasses and Portfolio Building. We also include Barbering, Period Hair & Make-up and Hollywood Hair in this semester. 


This week will cover a range of classes aimed at refining your make-up and hair skills, particularly under timed conditions.  We strive to teach the most up-to-date industry practices and therefore each year classes during this week may alter slightly. Included in this week will be speed tests, a red carpet master class, a facial hair workshop and advanced fashion and hair techniques.

During this week you will learn the basic principles and techniques of hair cutting on men. You will start on dolly heads and move onto working on real people! This course covers scissor over comb techniques, clippering, cross checking, soldier cut, texturizing, fading and styling. Men’s barbering and clipper cuts, beard trimming and much more. These skills are invaluable for any make-up artist pursuing a career in TV and film, as you will often be presented with a male actor to groom, and basic barbering skills are essential. 

In this two week course you will develop the skills learned in Basic Hair. You will learn more technically challenging styles such as red carpet hair, bohemian fashion looks, braids, candy floss styles, coloured extensions, hairpieces plus many more advanced techniques. For students who wish to pursue hair work, these classes are invaluable.

The course provides an intensive grounding in Afro hairdressing skills you will need for working as a stylist in the media business. At the end of the course you will have learnt: 

  • Introduction to Afro and Multi-textured Hair (hair types, curl types, hair and scalp analysis)
  • Consultations
  • Products (what to use, when to use and how to use)
  • Tools (combs, brushes, heat styling tools)
  • Hair prep for wigs
  • Braiding techniques for wig application
  • Styling techniques for type 3 and 4 hair (Curly and Kinky Coiled)
  • Maintenance and aftercare

This course starts with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, to develop an eye for reference subjects, such as paintings – crucial to study before the existence of photographs.  Building on the period techniques learned earlier in your course, you will research a period look of your own choice to combine period make-up and hair for creation of an individual project. This will involve setting, dressing out, fitting, and applying wigs, as well as using costume to achieve the final finish for your required look.

Specialisation Module

This course covers all areas of special effects prosthetics work in depth, using the latest creative and laboratory techniques. Expert guidance is given throughout with particular attention paid to health and safety in the work place. The six weeks course develops  your existing skills during which you will build your own individual prosthetic project from concept to application. In the first week you will present your research so that you are ready to refine your ideas. The following weeks are spent sculpting, moulding, fine sculpting and texturizing. You will learn how to work with silicone and foam latex and gain an understanding of many different products. The final week involves application of the pieces with artwork and make-up to complete the finished look. A professional photoshoot ensures you will have an excellent record of your work to start building up your portfolio – see the gallery photos for examples of our graduates’ work. Recent graduates have worked on jobs such as ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Mummy’,  ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’, and ‘Doctor Who’, to name a few. 

An intensive 6 week course to hone and develop your beauty and fashion skills to a high level of technical ability. In addition to perfecting your skill set, period and fashion references will be studied in detail, including work by the leading influences in the industry such as Pat McGrath, Val Garland, Lisa Eldridge, Wendy Roe, Isamaya French, Mary Greenwell, Alex Box and Charlotte Tilbury. You will learn the advanced techniques for creating editorial and commercial looks with glitter, crystals, kohl and different mixing mediums (to name but a few areas covered). We work from mood boards comprised of leading, current and iconic fashion books and magazines. This course really prepares our graduates to work in the industry on jobs including but not limited to: behind the scenes at Fashion Week, on set for a commercial, editorial or beauty photo shoot, ad campaigns, music videos, red carpet events and private client work.  At the end of this course, students experience two photo shoots with professional models and photographers to build their portfolios – see the gallery photos for examples. Recent graduates have achieved great success in the industry, assisting leading fashion make-up artists such as Caroline Barnes and Sarah Jagger. 


During the penultimate week of Advanced Fashion, students are assessed on a photoshoot. We produce a shoot with a top photographer, professional models and a studio in London. This shoot provides 2 photos for the students’ portfolios. 

This is a unique and intensive course focused on pushing your skills to the next level. Taught by three of the leading hair experts in the industry, Laura Solari, Jo Neilsen and Wendy Topping who are all passionate about teaching in-depth period and contemporary hair skills to develop and hone the students’ skill set.  Covering period skills such as Edwardian, Victoria, 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, as well as flunkies, cage construction and much more, this course is invaluable for students who want to work in TV, film and theatre.  The tutors have directly placed graduates from the last few courses on films such as “Beauty & The Beast”, “The Nut Cracker”, “Victoria”, “Taboo” and West End shows such as “Wicked”, “Kinky Boots”, “The Book of Mormon” and “We Will Rock You”. 

In addition to your specialisation choice, you will also study the following important areas to support your existing skills.

Portfolio Building Module

This module will teach you how to improve the skills learnt in Air Brushing & Body Art, to an advanced level of technique. 

Building on the skills taught in casualty and character weeks, this week fully explores in further detail the building up of a character. Casualty skills are developed, using a wide variety of products, and master classes from top industry experts. Classes will revisit advanced ageing techniques using gelatine eye bags and also refine their bald cap application techniques. Project work and practice in following the brief will help in combining all the techniques to produce the make-up result required.

Around Academy hours and lessons, we encourage all students to undertake work experience during semester 2. This will mostly take place during weekends or week breaks. By the end of this semester all students should have familiarity of working on small productions, photo shoots and shows, all arranged by our agency or independently.

During the final part of this course students will have time to independently work to create a portfolio of photographs that will be displayed in your end of year Exhibition, and ultimately help you pursue employment within whichever area of the make-up industry you choose. It aims to enable you to use all skills and knowledge taught on the course cumulatively, in a developed and appropriate way.

Where you will learn it

The well-equipped and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios, West London.

 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 the Met 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 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).

We will discuss your academic qualifications and work experience to ensure they meet the UWL criteria of 48 UCAS points. If you do not meet this criteria, we may suggest courses that are not validated by the University of West London as an alternative. Students that join us after their twenty first birthday do not have to meet the minimum academic criteria, as they are regarded to be mature students. This can be discussed further during your interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% deposit (£4,900) and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. 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.

Please see the dates of the next course in the course dates section located in the left sidebar.

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

Find out more about fees, payment schedules, and possible funding opportunities in the Enrolment and Fees section of our FAQ.

5 September 2022


Term 1: 5 September – 9 December 2022

Term 2: 9 January – 31 March 2023

(Easter Holidays 3 – 14 April)

Term 3: 17 April – 7 July 2023


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