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Learn how to create showstopping looks for theatre and the performing arts in this one week industry short course. You’ll be taught how to put together characters using expert techniques including ageing make-up, wigs, gender change, blocking out eyebrows using the right professional techniques and how to create make-up and hair looks specifically for the Ballet and Opera.

During this course you will have master classes taught by visiting experts in their field.

At the end of the short course you will have the professional skills to create a selection of theatrical looks using the correct techniques, and will have gained experience putting together make-up and hair looks for the Ballet and Opera. 

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ 

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

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


  • Theatre and Performing Arts

    This course will take place over 1 week.

    • Techniques for blocking out eyebrows
    • Theatrical make-up techniques including ageing
    • Ballet and Opera hair and make-up looks
    • Performance art workshop with hands-on projects
    • Theatre wig application and quick change tricks and tips


    Please note we may occasionally change 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. As we’re based at Pinewood Studios, our studios are right in the heart of the UK’s film industry, 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.

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All the tools, make-up and materials needed to complete this course will be provided during each lesson. Professional make-up kits can be purchased from us if you would prefer to have your own kit, but this is not a requirement.

Starting your professional career as a qualified make-up 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.

1 week tuition

Our industry short course covering all the basic skills you need to create professional hair and theatrical make-up looks for theatre and the performing arts.

Start: Oct 15 2018

Start: Feb 18 2019

Start: Jun 10 2019

Tuition & Dates


Oct 15 2018 - Oct 19 2018  

Monday - Friday

Feb 18 2019 - Feb 22 2019  

Monday - Friday

Jun 10 2019 - Jun 14 2019  

Monday - Friday



inc. VAT

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