Advanced Hair Artistry


Learn to create intricate hair styles and complex period looks. Our Advanced Hair Artistry course provides you with the hands-on experience to progress your career in the industry. You’ll learn to master a range of modern and period looks, using wigs and hair pieces.

Our tutors have designed this course to specifically target the precise skills required for this area of the UK film industry. Discover historical hairdressing techniques that are no longer taught in mainstream hairdressing. During this 4 week course you’ll be assessed on advanced skills in hair styling including wig fitting and creating a period looks from 20th century, 18th Century, early and late Victorian era and Avant Guard.

Applicants will need experience in hair to attend this course.There is a further 2 weeks of barbering (equiv. level 2) to further consolidate the barbering skills required in the industry that can be added to extend this course to 6 weeks.

The team at The Iver Make-up Academy have many years’ experience working on some of the best known films and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you’re learning from the best.

Entry requirements: 18+ and completion of our Certificate in Make-up and Hair Artistry course or a recognised qualification in hair. A practical test is required to assess your hair skill level.

Course Payment: A full payment is required to secure a place on this make-up course. We have several options to help fund your make-up course including interest free payment plans, bursaries and loans.

Please note that if you are enrolling on our Advanced or Intermediate Make-up and Hair Artistry Certificate courses, then the Comprehensive Airbrushing course is already included as a module


  • Advanced hair and wig skills

    This module will take place over 6 weeks.

    • Development of skills to create complex period hair styles
    • How to correctly research historical hairstyles and hairdressing techniques
    • Application of hair pieces and wigs on stunt performers
    • Advanced techniques to set hair using tape, barrel and pin curls
    • Application and care of HD lace wigs as used on major feature films
    • Techniques to steam, set and dress acrylic wigs
    • How to set and dress men’s period hair and wigs
    • Wet setting wigs
    • Male period hair setting using tongs, barrel and pin curls
    • Making facial hair
    • Wig making basics
    • Making switches and clusters
    • How to build a cage and use padding to support a hairstyle
    • How to make a wig fit perfectly when not tailor-made for the actor
    • How to blend the actor's hairline into the wig
    • How to understand hair continuity

    This course is also a part of our most Advanced Certification in Make-up and Hair Artistry


    Please note we may occasionally replace advertised tutors or vary the content of the course to suit the demands of the industry.

Course Tutors

Our fantastic course tutors have a huge passion for their job, and they have amassed years of experience working with the latest products and techniques used in today’s industry. Our tutors regularly work in the TV, film and fashion industry, and you will be learning from them in the friendly, informal atmosphere of our practical, hands-on training workshops. Our studios are based right in the heart of the UK’s film industry, at Pinewood Studios, so there really is no better place to immerse yourself in the craft.

All our class demonstrations are projected onto an HD screen, allowing every student to have a close-up view of the action. Students are encouraged to practice all the new techniques they learn with our tutors, who will then view & assess their finished work on an HD screen under studio lighting conditions. Our tutors will then provide constructive feedback on each completed task to help students learn and improve their skills.

View our award-winning teaching team

Victorian Era Hairstyle During Advanced Hair Artistry Course by Iver Academy
Advanced Hair & Wig Skills by Iver Academy
1950s Hairstyle Created by an Iver Academy Artist


Students will be provided with all the materials required to complete the Advanced Hair Artistry course. 


Beginning your professional career as a qualified hair artist

At The Iver Make-up Academy all graduates from our 4 main courses benefit from our placement agency which helps students find real industry work experience and placements once they have finished their chosen course. Your placements will be relevant to the skills you have learned. This is a free service that is available to all graduates of the Certificate,foundation,Intermediate and Advanced courses.

Visit our aftercare page for more information on the ways we can help students find vital hands-on industry experience.

4 weeks tuition

Learn the professional techniques to create period hair styles, from the design, creation and application of wigs and hair pieces for men and women.

Start: Jun 20 2022 Start: Oct 31 2022 Start: Feb 27 2023
Tuition & Dates

Jun 20 2022 - Jul 15 2022  

Monday - Friday

Oct 31 2022 - Nov 25 2022  

Monday - Friday

Feb 27 2023 - Mar 24 2023  

Monday - Friday



inc. VAT

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