SCQF Level 8
Performing Arts

Course Overview

Make-Up Artistry HND Year 1 

This course will give you the skills you will need to pursue a career as a make-up artist, with a strong emphasis on the skills needed for TV, theatre and special effects. With lots of practical units, theory and background knowledge this course can lead to a freelance or commercial career. Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has exceptional facilities and you will have access to industry studios and professional make-up equipment. In the first year, you will focus on fashion makeup through the units of Basic Makeup (skincare and eye treatments), Fashion and Photographic Makeup, Business Skills and Applied Hairdressing. You will develop these skills in your second year. 

Make-Up Artistry HND Year 2  

In your second year, you will develop specific skills in Special Effects Character Make-up and Continuity Cutting. These are all specialised areas relevant to working within the performing arts industry. You will gain essential work experience throughout the course working alongside hair and beauty, photography, dance and performing arts students as well as at a variety of fun charity functions.  

Upon completion of this course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a successful career as a make-up artist. There is a whole range of exciting opportunities in TV, film and fashion. You will be in a great position to progress onto further degree-level studies too.  


What You Will Learn
  • Fashion Makeup Techniques
  • Applied Hairdressing
  • Customer Care
  • Selling Skills
  • Character Period and Special Effects
  • Make-up Postiche and Applying Wigs 
  • Work Experience
Placement Information
  • You will be given the opportunity to take part in a variety of work experience opportunities during your course
Entry Requirements

Year 1 

  • At least three Highers at Grade C or above 
  • English and Art (or art-based/related) subjects are preferred. 
  • Demonstrable computer skills would be considered advantageous but is not essential 
  • Applicants may also apply with Art, Beauty or Hairdressing qualifications at a minimum of SCQF Level 6 
  • If you have extensive and related work experience in the field or NC Makeup Artistry, you are also able to apply 

Year 2 

  • You must have completed a 15 credit HND year 1 to apply for this course 
  • We are unable to accept applicants with an HNC of under 15 credits internally or externally 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Through practical demonstration e-folios and theoretical/research assignments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

You will be required to submit an application detailing your previous education/experience as well as a personal statement. Those who are successful at this stage will be asked to provide written and pictorial evidence of a specified task, from which you may be invited to interview and audition for the course. Due to the high levels of interest in this course we request that you read the entry requirements carefully and provide all the requested information at your application and upload/audition stages. 

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • BA (Hons) Makeup for Media and Performance and a variety of other makeup artistry degree course  
  • Further short courses in photography, hairdressing, beauty or body art  

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Make-up artist in a salon 
  • Freelance make-up artist 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Many of our ex students are employed within a range of make-up houses including MAC Bobby Brown Benefit and Smashbox alongside working in film/photography and T.V.
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Our Campuses
Performing Arts

Edinburgh College is home to the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), one of the country's largest and most respected centres for training in the performing arts.  

We are delighted to have renowned actress Karen Gillan as our Patron.

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