How To Fund Your Training

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

The Iver Makeup Academy is the sole Academy whose students have been awarded multiple BAFTA Scholarship’s for training on our Advanced Certificate Course.

Students applying for The Iver Makeup Academy Advanced Certificate Course are eligible to apply for the BAFTA Scholarship Scheme.

Students wishing to study with The Iver Make-Up Academy on our 30 Week Advanced Certificate Course can now apply for a BAFTA Scholarship. Please check BAFTA website for application dates and deadlines,

To be eligible for the bursary which is up to a maximum of £10,000. You first need to be offered a place on our advanced course.

Three students from The Iver Makeup Academy have received BAFTA Scholarships to train with us on our Advanced Makeup and Hair Artistry Course.

Fatuma Odwar trained with us on our Advanced Certificate in Makeup and Hair Artistry course and was awarded a BAFTA Scholarship plus a Prince William Scholarship in Film supported by BAFTA and Warner Brothers.

Georgia Gable Trained with IMA on our Advanced Certificate in Makeup and Hair Artistry course and was Awarded a BAFTA Scholarship

Alesha Ledeatte-Williams Trained with IMA on our Advanced Certificate in Makeup and Hair Artistry course and was awarded a BAFTA Scholarship plus a Prince William Scholarship in Film supported by BAFTA and Warner Brothers.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.

Each BAFTA Scholar  receives up to £10,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

If you have any questions about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme, or have any difficulty registering your interest, contact

ScreenSkills Bursaries

IMA’s Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry Course is ScreenSkills Accredited

As a ScreenSkills accredited Academy students are able to apply for ScreenSkills Bursary towards Tuition Fees. The ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant designed to remove some of the practical barriers to making progress in the screen industries. Bursaries pay for training or other costs associated with skills development. ScreenSkills bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to enter, progress in, return to, or transfer into the screen industries.

Eligibility – you can apply for a bursary if you are:

  • Eligible to work in the UK (you may be asked to prove this)
  • Have a UK bank account (you will be asked to prove this)
  • Are 18 years old or above (you may be asked to prove this)
  • Currently work in the UK screen industries, or I can demonstrate my intention to work in the UK screen industries (you will be asked to prove this)

Please be aware applications will be prioritised based on; a clear demonstration of ambition to work in the UK screen industries long-term, course availability and number of spaces open, applying for skills gap or shortage areas.

For more information and to apply see ScreenSkills.

Other Funding Plans at Iver

IMA Interest Free Payment Plan

Payment of a 20% Deposit secures a place on any course with the balance due 6 weeks prior to the course start date. We are, however, able to offer Payment Plans whereby 50% is due prior to the start of the course and the remaining balance is divided into stage payments. The details of these plans vary according to the course taken – Please contact us for further payment plan details.

Other Grants and Benefits

There are a number of grants and benefits available to individuals depending on circumstances.

CSN-Student Funding

CSN-student funding is available for students from Sweden. Please contact them directly.

Financial Help for Adult learners from Northern Ireland

Anyone applying from Northern Ireland may be entitled to extra financial support.

Princes Trust

The Princes Trust provides funding up to £500

IMA Bursary

Bursary Now Open 

The Iver Makeup Academy Bursary is awarded annually for a makeup and hair student following our 30-week Advanced Certificate Course starting in April or September 2024.

The Award is up to 80% of the full fee.

  Now Open! Applications close 12th February 2024.

Our Bursary programme is open to British citizens with 3 years proven interest in at least one in the following:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Beauty
  • Hairdressing
  • Photography of work to show art, makeup, hair or prosthetic interest (these do not need to be professional shots).
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and will need to demonstrate their financial need and commitment to the course.

Contact us for an application form.

Overseas students

We welcome students from all over the world. Each student should research independently with their respective governments to obtain permissions and funding to train with us.

Some of Our Graduates Advice

“I chose to wait a year before I started my course so I could work and save as much as possible. I managed to save a good proportion of the fee and the rest I borrowed from my parents. I have subsequently repaid them as I have been lucky enough to work steadily since graduating.” – Katy

“I applied for a personal loan to help fund my training. I spent a lot of time researching the best options and feel confident that I found the best deal.” -Eleanor

“I used the IMA payment plan. It was so simple. I also found some amazing interest free credit card deals on Money Saving Expert-Lilly


Disclaimer- The Iver Makeup Academy does not endorse any specific loan or credit card company. Individuals should ensure they have investigated all funding options and make an informed decision.