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Makeup Artistry - Full Time Academic Year

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7 months


ITEC Level 3 Diploma


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

Makeup Artistry - Full Time Academic Year

Make Up Artists are becoming more and more in demand in the Irish and International Entertainment and Cosmetic industries. Portobello Institute's Make Up Artistry courses combine the technical skill set required with internationally recognised rewards, to give you the opportunity to work in the many challenging aspects and the diverse world of Make Up Artists.

  • ITEC Diploma in Fashion, Theatre & Media Make Up
  • Portobello Institute Higher Diploma in Make Up Artistry
  • Portobello Certificate in Camouflage Make 

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements. At the interview, we are seeking the character and traits required to work with people and make up and a genuine interest in the industry.

The course is primarily a practical course and the majority of your day will be spent practicing the skills required to be a successful makeup artist in the college's make-up studios.

  1. Unit 10 - Facial Make Up
    This is an exciting foundation module of make up artistry. You will learn face, lip and eye shades, skin tones, how to prepare the skin for makeup and basic make up techniques.
  2. Unit 41 - Fashion Theatre & Media Make Up
    This module is exclusively tailored to cover every aspect of Fashion, Theatre, TV, Film & Special Effects Make up. You will create makeup looks for catalogue, portrait, catwalk & black and white. You will also create makeup looks for the theatre to include highlighting & shading, waterproofing & body make up. To prepare you to work as a make up artist in TV & Film you will learn costume & co-ordinating make-up & hair, period make up, false hair, production & script requirements.
  3. Unit 42 - Special Effects
    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, the 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. We assist and guide you through the techniques required to prepare a portfolio to a high standard.
  5. Hair Styling & Wigs
    This module is essential to complement your Make Up skills. The module will cover hair tips, techniques and theory, upstyling and high fashion, curling, pleating, straightening, period hair from the 1900's to 1980's and also fantasy and character hair.
  6. Remedial Camouflage Make Up
    On a day-to-day basis, many people are affected by skin conditions like undereye circles, spider veins, rosacea, scars, birthmarks, facial disfigurements and on the increase; plastic surgery work and tattoos. They often seek the advice of Remedial Camouflage Professionals to help with the correction, concealment and contouring of their facial and skin problems. This module will provide students with the application techniques and skill set to assist people to live as normal as life as they can.
  7. Digital Photography
    On this module you will spend some time taking photographs for your portfolio. This is a short module and will give you an introduction into the language of digital photography. You will learn the mechanics of digital cameras, the art of good photographic composition, how to download onto your personal computer and printing styles and choices.
  8. Field Trips
    In order that you can gain some experience working as a make-up artist we re-create some of the settings through field trips. The field trips occur throughout the year and all students are encouraged to attend. 
  9. Contextual Studies
    This module allows you to understand the historical background to period make up and costume and fashion trends of the day. You will do research work to develop creative concepts from all available resources. You will learn about theatrical, film and TV character make up tips and techniques as well as script breakdown and set ethics. You will also learn self presentation skills (role playing).

Course price €4995

ITEC exam fee: £295

Make Up kit required: Costs TBC

We are delighted to share just some of our success stories from happy graduates who achieved their ultimate dream.


Sophie Briscoe-Kelly      Ciara O Toole



Through hard work and determination Ciara secured a job before she even finished her course

I was always presented with great opportunities from my tutors and other artists for work experience and jobs so I had to completely step outside of my comfort zone - now every opportunity excites me. Full story

Ciara O Toole

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Course Code Location & Info Price
MUAT-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

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