The Iver Make-Up Academy
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Certificate In Makeup And Hair Artistry

12 Weeks

Full Time Courses

Our 12-week beginners certificate in makeup and hair artistry for HDTV, film and theatre. This course excludes haircutting and barbering.


This full-time certification in makeup and hair artistry is suited for someone who has already trained in hair cutting and barbering. It runs alongside the Foundation course. Learn the essential skills you need to carve out a career as a professional makeup artist with our  Certificate course. You’ll cover all the areas of makeup and hair that you need to start your journey as an artist capable of working on film, TV and theatre productions.

Throughout this 12 week course, you’ll gain an understanding of the key skills required by any makeup artist, from understanding the basics of makeup application, to creating inspired period and character looks and gory special effects.  This course also includes experience working with facial hair application, body painting and hairpieces.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They 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 will be learning from the best.

Holidays will be scheduled during your course at appropriate times.

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous makeup experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a passion and dedication to learn and can prove a certain level of artistic ability.

Course Payment: A 20% deposit is required to secure a place on this course with the full balance due 6 weeks prior to the course start date. We have several options to help fund your makeup course including interest free payment plans, bursaries and loans.


Starting your professional career as a qualified makeup and hair artist

At The Iver Academy, you don’t just benefit from the best tutors in the industry; our placement agency 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 our courses.

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

Please note that we regrettably have limited places for this course, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment!

Slight changes to modules have been implemented from September 2019


TV and media makeup and hair

This 12-week course is specifically designed for students who have already trained in hair cutting. On your arrival at The Iver Make up Academy in Pinewood Studios, there will be introduction sessions where you will meet the tutors and other students. As well as this, there will be a presentation of your brand-new makeup kit (included) and the products that will be used throughout the course. Health and safety procedures and an introduction to media makeup will follow to give you an overview of the first 3-week module.

To kick off this course in makeup and hair artistry, you’ll master the techniques for applying makeup for television including foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, eye colour and lips. So you can make the most of these skills, you’ll also be taught how to understand facial anatomy, skin colour and age giving you the versatility it takes to work in the industry.

For the hair artistry section of this module, practical sessions give you the chance to try out the techniques you’ve learnt by putting together complete looks for TV presenters, red carpet and events. You will use hair tools including heated rollers, tongs, straighteners and dryers along with lessons in the use of hair products. To complete this comprehensive guide to TV and film hair styling, you’ll gain practical experience using hair pieces and extensions as well as creating male grooming looks.

For more information see our Media Makeup and Hair course.

Facial hair application

Module 2 focuses on the industry practices of using facial hair to create characters. The application of sideburns, moustaches and full beard pieces will be practiced on top of techniques for applying stubble and laying on hair for a realistic look. By the end of this week, you’ll be able to work with all aspects of facial hair application including how to fully care for postiche. Safe removal and cleaning practices are demonstrated.

For more information see our Facial Hair course.

Character, SFX and prosthetic application

During the 2 weeks allocated for module 3, you’ll be introduced to character makeup work and what it involves as well as using special effects products and prosthetics to create a variety of wound simulations. This special effects makeup module includes a guide to the health and safety procedures that should be followed when working with SFX. To create casualty effects, you’ll get hands-on practice with silicone and gelatine pieces. You will also learn how to create bruises, burns and skin diseases. A variety of frequently used industry materials will be demonstrated as part of this module too, including pro-bondo and on-skin silicone.

For more information see our Character, SFX and Prosthetic Application course.

Period makeup, hair and wig work

Module 4 is the half way point of this course and individual assessments take place here to look at your progress so far.

Over the 3 weeks allocated for this module, you will study how to create authentic period hair styles by practicing techniques for applying switches, clusters, wefts, wigs and full hair pieces. You’ll also learn how to care for wigs with washing and blocking methods. Techniques for conducting research into period work and historical looks will give you an idea of what it’s like to work in the film and TV industry.

To put these techniques in to practice, you will undertake a series of projects focusing on the 1920s, 40s and 60s to create full hair and makeup looks. The Edwardian and Victorian era projects give you the chance to use hot rod and dowelling techniques to create different textures

For more information see our Period Makeup, Hair and Wig Work course.

Airbrushing and Body makeup

This 1 week module uses the entire body as a canvas for you to design and practice Airbrushing and body art. You’ll be taught through practical sessions and will learn the best techniques for airbrushing makeup. You will also learn techniques to enhance body contours and design your own body makeup.

For more information see our Body Makeup course.

Theatre and performing arts

Module 6 gives you an insight into the makeup practices used in theatre and performing arts from professionals with experience in the industry. You will take part in a performance art workshop to get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work as a professional makeup artist by creating looks for the stage. Techniques for eyebrow blocking and ageing characters along with gender change looks will be practiced to give you an insight into industry methods.

For more information see our Theatre and Performing Arts Makeup course.

Putting it all together and timed work

This final module will bring together all the knowledge you have learnt during this course to give you a taste of what it’s like to work as a professional hair and makeup artist. In this last week, you will be taught continuity and script breakdown processes in addition to industry etiquette standards. All this will then be put in to practice through a crowd room simulation where you’ll complete a timed project creating hair and makeup looks that are suitable for light entertainment TV.

Further timed projects to create facial hair, special effects and character looks will also take place which can then be photographed and added to your portfolio to demonstrate your wide range of skills.

For more information see our Industry Ready course.

Please note we may occasionally change the content of or course to suit the demands of the industry

Dates and Prices

See our current dates below.

Included in the prices: A professional makeup and hair kit is included within the price of the course, for students to keep once they have graduated. This is worth over £2,000 and includes products and tools from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Bluebird and Kryolan. We have a large selection of wigs, facial hair and SFX materials that will be made available to you for use in our studios.

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Spaces available for September 2024



Formal training is a must if you are serious about a career in Media Makeup, Hair and Special Effects. Once you have decided which course is right for you, take a look at the options below. If you need any more information or advice we are here to help.

  • BAFTA Scholarship
  • ScreenSkills Bursaries
  • IMA Interest-Free Payment Plan
  • IMA Bursary
  • Financial Help for Adult learners from Northern Ireland
  • Other Grants and Benefits
  • Princes Trust
  • CSN-Student Funding
  • Overseas students
  • Graduate Advice

Find out more here about funding


Nabeel HussainNabeel Hussain
13:52 01 Jan 21
I agree with all the reviews, for someone like me who changed careers, I felt supported and encouraged every day at the Iver Makeup Academy.I was allowed to reconnect with making a career in something I was/am passionate about. Anyone attending a course here will experience something wonderful.Thank you to all the talented tutors and support team for changing my life – for the better.
Aimee SampsonAimee Sampson
14:56 29 Oct 19
Definitely the best thing I've ever done and has totally changed my life. The Iver Academy educates you on practically all aspects of Hair and Makeup for Film and Television. Taught by the most inspiring tutors, you feel in safe and experienced hands. 100% recommend any of the courses for any skill level. Enjoyed every minute, thank you!
Lily HarlingLily Harling
16:13 28 Oct 19
I couldn’t recommend the Iver Academy enough. The knowledge I gained was impeccable, the facilities are fabulous, and the location is perfect for getting your foot into the Make-Up world. Having such talented professionals as tutors who have great experience in the industry (and are still currently working within it) was such a benefit. Not only do they teach you a huge range of practical skills, they prepare you for everything you need when starting in the industry such as etiquette, admin and continuity.Aftercare at the Iver Academy is great with regular updates about job opportunities and experience to help you get your foot in the door, and they continue to support you further into the future after graduating. All the Tutors and Staff are so supportive and genuinely want to see all their students succeed once leaving the school.Anyone wanting to begin their development in the Make-Up industry would highly benefit from studying at the Iver Academy!
Saskia LyonsSaskia Lyons
11:50 17 Oct 19
Highly recommend The Iver Academy if you want to get out and working in the industry. I was on the Advanced 30 week course and found it a very enjoyable, supportive environment as a student and as a graduate. You feel part of a family. Not only did we learn a variety of skills in Hair and Makeup, but also a lot about the industry and what to expect. The filming project in the last few weeks was especially beneficial. Thank you, Iver Academy!
Georgia GGeorgia G
10:28 16 Oct 19
Amazing experience at The Iver Makeup Academy.As well as learning from teachers that are still working hair and makeup artists in the industry, you will be part of the family.It really does feel like a home from home.Past students who come in, share there experiences and tips on how to find work.Staff are friendly and always ready to help with everything and anything.The teachers are amazing and offer the most relevant and up to date knowledge and education as they are all passionate about the industry and working in film,TV,Theatre,Fashion and anything inbetween.The benefit of being in Pinewood Studios is that there is so much going on around you,if there would be an opportunity for work experience,it may be here.......Aftercare with The Iver Makeup Academy is great and you get regular updates about work experience and opportunities.There are also many opportunities to meet amazing tutors and make connections for future work experience.I have had a positive experience and would do The Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry all over again if I could.I recommend coming here if you want the absolutely,very best education and opportunities thereafter.


View some of our FAQs below, if you still cannot find the answer you are looking for then please see all our FAQs or get in contact with us today.

How do I enrol on a course?

You must be 18 or over to apply for any of our courses, except our SFX summer school which is for 14-17 year olds. You must also meet any entry requirements specified (please visit the individual course pages for more details on these requirements).

To start the enrolment process, we first ask that you get in touch to arrange a visit to our studios, where we can carry out a brief interview. Telephone interviews can also be arranged if you are located too far away. After the interview stage you will need to complete an enrolment form and will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on your chosen course. Please note that this deposit is unfortunately non-refundable.

What do the fees include?

Your fees include everything that is needed to successfully complete our courses. This includes materials, makeup, brushes and tools and cleaning equipment. All we ask is that you bring your own pen and notepad to each lesson for note taking.

Our full time Certificate, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Hair and Makeup courses all include a full makeup and hair kit in the cost. This provides you with industry-quality makeup from brands including Bobbi Brown, MAC and Kryolan, as well as professional palettes, makeup brushes and hair tools. The value of each kit on the Intermediate and Advanced course is over £2000 and this is yours to keep once the course has ended.

Specialist equipment is supplied for our shorter courses and further prosthetics courses to allow you to complete the training.

Do you offer student loans for your courses?

The Iver Academy is registered with UK Government’s Skills Funding Agency. Currently there are no Government funded student loans available for our courses but please take a go look at our Funding page as there are a number of Bursary’s and Scholarship programmes available.

For more information please see our How to Fund your Training page

Am I able to visit The Iver Academy before enrolling?

We encourage anyone considering a course with us to first come and visit our academy. You can call us to make an appointment, where one of our team will happily show you around the premises and facilities, or you can attend one of our open days.

What is your average tutor to student ratio?

All of our courses are taught in small tutor groups. Our tutor / student ratio will vary depending on our individual courses, but on average this will be a ratio between 1:7 and 1:14 This helps us ensure that all our students receive the best care and attention to further their development.

What are your regular class teaching times?

Our regular classroom times are between 10am and 4pm and 9.30 am till 4.30 pm for Prosthetics and SFX modules.However, our academy opening hours are from 9am – 5pm to give students ample time to practise their skills and prepare for any tasks.


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