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Make-Up Artistry - Fashion, Theatrical & SFX

PLC Post Leaving Cert

The world of the professional Make-Up Artist offers many exciting national and international career options. Our Make-Up Artistry course will provide you with a range of professional skills and knowledge to help you launch your career.

Award Name Diploma at UK Level 3
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body City and Guilds
NFQ Level
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Diploma at UK Level 3 City and Guilds
Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
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Course provider


1 Year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

Make-up artist in the Fashion, Film and TV Industries
Freelance Make-Up Artist
Make-up Consultant
Skincare Consultant
Special-effects Make-up Artist
TV and Film Make-up Artist
Wedding and Events Make-up Artist
Eye Technician

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress on to other courses within the college which would complement their skill set such as the Level 6 Advanced Makeup-up Artistry course, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or onto other awards in their chosen vocational area.

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Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

This exciting course covers all aspects of professional Make-Up Artistry that includes Advanced High Fashion Make-Up, Make-Up for Theatre, TV and Film, Special Effects Make-up. You’ll learn Make-Up techniques, developing skills that respond to various contexts and briefs. You will use our professional purpose built facilities, and top-end products.

What Makes This Course Special

High-level professional skills training
Highly experienced make-up team
Real-work projects
Outstanding facilities
Excellent progression routes and career options

Course Content

•Airbrush Make-Up
•Fashion & Photographic Make-Up
•Media and Theatrical Make-up
•Creative Hair
•Eye Treatments – Eyelash, Brow Tinting, Brow Shaping
• Prosthetics & Bald Cap Application
•Face and Body Paint
•Camouflage Make-up

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical , Special Effects Hair and Media Make-up with Evolve 3003-74
This international award at UK Level 3 is a full award equivalent to an Irish Level 5 major award

PLSS Code: 415708
Coordinator: Sara Ashmore

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
Email: Email:

Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider