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

14 Weeks

Full Time Courses

Our introductory training course covering HDTV, film and theatre makeup and hair, along with hairdressing and barbering techniques.


Learn the essential skills you need to carve out a career as a professional makeup artist with our Foundation Certificate course. You’ll cover all the areas that you need to start your journey as a makeup and hair artist capable of working on film, TV and theatre productions.

Throughout this full time 14 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 basic barbering.

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 of one to four weeks may be scheduled during your course at appropriate times and, therefore, the duration of your time with us could last from 15 to 18 weeks.

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 certain level of artistic ability and a  passion and dedication to learn.

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 Makeup 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.


TV and media makeup and hair

Upon your arrival at The Iver Makeup Academy, there will be introduction sessions with the course tutors and other students. Here you’ll receive your new makeup kit (included) and be briefed on basic health and safety procedures. After this, you’ll begin a further introduction session to media makeup and hair to get familiarised with the products used in this module.

During this first 3-week module, you’ll learn and perfect the basics of makeup application and hair styling. You’ll begin by studying and understanding facial anatomy and how to work with different face shapes, skin tones and ages. Next you’ll learn techniques for applying products such as foundation, lip and eye makeup.

Moving on to the hair styling component of this module, you’ll gain the skills to put together complete looks for TV presenters as well as red carpet and bridal occasions. Lessons in the use of hair products and tools such as heated rollers, tongs and straighteners will be given, along with the application of hair pieces and extensions and male grooming looks. All these skills will complete your rounded guide to creating looks for TV and film.

For more information see our Media Makeup and Hair course.

Facial hair application

This second module is a week-long study in industry-used methods for creating facial hair looks. You’ll learn how to apply and care for hair pieces including: sideburns, moustaches and full beard pieces. Cleaning methods will be demonstrated and you’ll practice creating stubble and laying on hair to create authentic character looks.

For more information see our Facial Hair course.

Character, SFX and prosthetic application

Module 3 takes place over 2 weeks, teaching you the basis for the use of special effects and prosthetics. Starting with a complete outline of the health and safety practices surrounding this type of work, this module gives you vital information for starting a career in the film and TV industry.

You’ll receive an introduction to character work and what this may require, including: ageing techniques, and casualty effects. In particular, you’ll learn methods for creating casualty effects such as bruising, cuts, burns and skin diseases. All techniques will be taught using frequently used industry materials such as pro-bondo, silicone, gelatin and sculpt gel.

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

Period makeup, hair and wig work

Module 4 marks the half-way point of your course at The Iver Makeup Academy and individual assessments will take place here to track your progress.
In the 3 weeks allocated for this module, you will be taught the basis for period work and the historical research techniques needed to work in the industry. You’ll put this research in to practice through a variety of projects where you’ll create hair and makeup looks from the 1920s, 40s, 60s and Edwardian period. There’s also the chance to style hair using hot rods, dowelling, padding and hair pieces in the Edwardian period project.

Moving on to the wig work section of this module, you’ll gain hands-on experience of applying switches, clusters, wefts and full wigs. To complement this, you’ll also be taught blocking and washing methods for the care of postiche to give you a comprehensive overview of working with wigs.

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

Airbrushing and Body makeup

The entire body will become your canvas in this 1-week module, where you’ll learn to design and practice body art and airbrushing. This is a popular technique for makeup application used in TV light entertainment and special effects. To develop this important skill, you’ll get a detailed demonstration of equipment use, cleaning and maintenance and safety procedures along with how to deal with malfunctions. You will gain practical experience in airbrushing makeup. This module provides a great demonstration of the versatility of makeup.

The above changes come into effect as of September 2019

For more information see our Body Makeup course.

Theatre and performing arts

This week-long module focuses on theatrical and stage makeup techniques including blocking out eyebrows and creating characters. Through the performance art workshop, you’ll get the chance to create your own looks such as those required for the stage and gender change. These projects offer a great opportunity to learn authentic industry methods that you can transfer to a professional career in hair and makeup artistry.

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

Putting it all together and timed work

Module 7 looks in detail at what it is like to work in the industry as a professional hair and makeup artist. Over the course of a week, you’ll have lessons in continuity and script breakdown processes along with the expectations for industry etiquette. You’ll put these skills in to practice through a crowd room simulation where you will create hair and makeup looks suitable for light entertainment and drama.

A series of timed projects to create facial hair, character and special effect injury looks will also be undertaken for you to experience the pressures and demands of the industry. To further ready you for a career in the film and TV industry, you’ll be able to build your portfolio with evidence of your work throughout this course.

For more information see our Timed Projects course.

Hairdressing and barbering

During this final 2-week module, you will get a chance to practice basic haircutting and barbering techniques on practice heads. You’ll start with an introduction to the products that will be used for this module and the health and safety procedures that are essential to working effectively. During the haircutting part of the module, you’ll learn techniques for trimming long hair, creating a bob and adding long and short layers into a look. You’ll also have the chance to create texture cuts for men, short back and sides use of clippers and scissor over comb cutting. All of these looks can go in to your portfolio to add the finishing touches to your work at The Iver Makeup Academy.

Finally, you’ll receive individual assessments and feedback from the tutors to take with you in to your career before celebrating your success with a presentation of certificates.

For more information see our Haircutting and Barbering 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 April 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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