HND Make-Up Artistry: TV, Film and Theatre

This exciting and innovative course allows participants to develop skills for the media and make-up industries. Students will develop skills in basic and advanced make-up application techniques in conjunction with applied hairdressing skills and wig dressing methods. Candidate's work will be showcased through the production of portfolios, on-going assessments and work experience.

  • Essential Make-Up Skills
  • Hairstyle Maintenance Skills
  • Ageing Skills
  • 20th Century Hairstyling and Make-Up
  • Specialised Make-Up Effects for TV and Film
  • Sculpting and Flat Mould Production for Prosthetic Make-Up
  • Production Studies for Theatre
  • Risk Management, Product Safety and Sustainability
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Character Skills
  • Postiche for TV, Film and Theatre
  • Period Hairstyling and Make-Up
  • Life Casting and Mould Making
  • Work Placement
  • Contribute to the Organisation of a Promotional Activity
  • History of Hairstyling
  • History of Make-Up
  • Production Studies for TV and Film
  • Body Painting Skills for Make-up Artists
  • Hairstyling and Costume for a Total Look

  • Film, Television and Theatre
  • Photography Shoots
  • Catwalk Presentations for the Fashion Industry
  • Freelance Make-Up Artist
  • Consultant with Professional Make-up Brands

One of the following:

  • SVQ Level 3 or NC Level 6 Beauty Therapy
  • SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing
  • 2 Highers (including English)
  • NC Make-up Artistry 
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

Additional Requirements:

  • Students will be required to purchase a kit for each year of the programme as well as uniforms and portfolios
  • Students must be prepared to work out of College hours for work experience, when required

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email



Falkirk Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 8