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Theatrical & Media Make-up

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the way performers can look on stage, film and TV, and you want to play your part in that transformation – using make-up, wigs and special effects – then you’ve come to the right place.

Our theatrical and media make-up department is a regular award winner and, with a host of theatres in the city centre and MediaCityUK right on our doorstep, where the BBC, ITV and numerous other production companies are based, the demand for trained artists in media hair and make-up is already huge and is constantly growing!

  • Outstanding Facilities

    Sharing brand new, state-of-the-art facilities with our hair, beauty and retail department, you’ll benefit from a number of extensive hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy studios, each fully equipped with the all the latest products and tech. You’ll have access to our bespoke make-up studio and a wide selection of special effects materials.

  • Amazing Opportunities

    You’ll also have opportunities to work closely with both our creative and digital media department and performing arts department, providing make-up and styling support on real, working sets and productions. Our theatrical and media make-up team have also just won The College Cup in the professional beauty competitions held at Event City, for the third year in a row.

  • Courses and Qualifications

    If you want to explore fashion and make-up for the theatre and media sectors, you’ll find a range of courses with us at The Manchester College, starting with diplomas at Level 2 and 3 and moving through to both foundation and BA (Hons) degrees in the subject.

  • Where To Find Us

    Our Level 2 and 3 courses in fashion, hair and media make-up are currently taught at both our Harpurhey Campus and our Northenden Campus in south Manchester. For our specialist make-up artistry degrees, you’ll be studying at our Fielden Campus in West Didsbury.

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Available Courses

Hair and Media Make-up

Level 2

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Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up Studies

Level 3

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Make-up Artistry (Top-Up) (UCAS:3M67)

Level 6

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When I decided to go to The Manchester College it was a total career change, but I’ve always been interested in make-up and hairstyling. The College prepared me for working on a film or TV set. I learnt set etiquette, the different terminology used on set and how to read a call sheet which was invaluable when I was in London.


I started my work placement at MUTV in September, doing the hair and make-up for the presenters. It was a big confidence boost. I was turning up on location on my own for the first time, meeting new people. I really enjoyed it.

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