The Fashion Theatre and Media Make Up makes up course combines our Semester 1 (ITEC High Fashion & Media Make Up) & 2 (ITEC Special Effects) courses. It is exclusively tailored to cover every aspect of Fashion, Theatre, TV, Film and Special Effects Make Up. The addition of the Special Effects module provides you with the ability to work in specialised areas of theatre, TV, and film.

This course provides tuition in creating fantasy characters using crepe hair application, construction and application of bald caps, blocking out of eyebrows, wigs, costumes and prosthetics.

During this part time make up course Portobello Institute recreate a variety of settings to allow you to experience to real world of a Make Up Artist on a fashion shoot. We give you extra support and guidance in preparing your Portfolio to ensure your work is displayed to the highest standards. This course is designed for those wishing to pursue a professional career as a make up artist. There are both practical and theory elements to this course.

Qualifications Gained

  • ITEC Diploma in Fashion Theatre and Media Make Up

Entry Requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute. 

Course Structure

The course is delivered 1 evening per week.

Course Content Modules

  1. Facial Make Up (Unit 10)
    During the foundation module of makeup artist you will study the skin, including care, maintenance, conditions and treatments. You will learn about corrective camouflage, skin tones including contour and lighting, you will also cover basic lighting techniques.

  2. Fashion Theatre & Media Make Up (834)
    This course exclusively tailored to cover every aspect of Fashion, Theatre, TV and Film. You will create makeup looks for catalogue, portrait, catwalk & black and white. You will also create make up looks for the theatre to include highlighting & shading, waterproofing & body make up. To prepare you to work as a makeup artist in TV & Film you will learn costume & coordinating makeup & hair, period make up, false hair, production & script requirements.

  3. Special Effects Make Up (Unit 41 & 42)
    The addition of the special effects module provides the student with the ability to work in specialised areas of Theatre, TV & Film. This course provides tuition in creating fantasy characters using crepe hair application, construction and application of bald caps, blocking out of eyebrows, wigs costumes and prosthetics. In addition, this module will develop your fashion eye, allowing you to design cutting edge fashion looks for catwalk and editorial work-with ease & confidence.

  4. Portfolio Presentation
    As a Make Up Artist your portfolio is the tool that will sell your skills to a potential employer. It is very important that your portfolio is presented in a professional yet original manner. Portobello Institute will assist and guide you through the techniques required to prepare a portfolio to the highest standard.


This course is made up of Semester 1 (ITEC High Fashion & Media Make Up course) and Semester 2 (ITEC Special Effects course). Both of these courses booked separately cost €1800 per course (total €3,600). When you book the two semesters at the same time you will receive a massive €500 off the total price, bringing the cost to €3,100. Click on the "book now" button to avail of this offer. 

Student Kit

It takes time to build the kit of a professional make-up artist. Lots of trial and error with products from all brands - a glance into any professional make-up artist’s kit will show not just one brand but a range of brands and products. For this reason, we don’t recommend students to buy a complete and expensive kit from one main brand. Instead we offer you guidance on how to build your kit with the best products and brushes to do that specific look rather than a one brand fits all approach. We advise you to build your kit over time, trialling different products, ranges, and brushes to find the ones that best suit your creative looks.The Portobello Institute student card will also allow youto avail of special discounts on different product ranges.



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