How To Fund Your training

Formal training is a must if you are serious about a career in Media Make-up, 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.


The Iver Make-up Academy is the only Media make-up course in the UK  to be eligible 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.

If you are interested in pursuing this, more information can be found at

To be eligible for the bursary which is up to a maximum of £12,000. You first need to be offered a place on our advanced course. If you are granted a scholarship then this will be paid directly to The Iver Make-up Academy.

BAFTA will be awarding the September 2018 scholarships at the end of July 2018, but they will also make awards at other times of the year.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of your course.

Sadly this loan will no longer be available,  the last date anyone can apply for a PCDL loan is on 25thJanuary 2019. 

If you have had a loan approved, your service and payments will be exactly the same.

This is available for our Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. These loans can be applied for 8 weeks before the course start date. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. 

Our PCDL Registration Number which is 21482 needs to be quoted in any correspondence.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website below or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. 

On your application you need to specify the course you are taking in exactly the following words:-



There are other funding options available.   It is worth understanding how banks and other finance providers offer competitive loans that essentially can fulfil the same role for future students. IMA does not endorse, recommend or promote any specific loan provider, but we understand there is a large market of loans regulated by the FCA, many of which will have similar interest rates, amounts and repayment periods.

IMA Interest Free Payment Plan  

Payment of a 10% 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 40% 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.

Skillset Career Development Bursary

Eligible participants can apply to Creative Skillset for a bursary of up to 80% for freelancers under the Film Bursary Scheme. Skillset will also help with travel over 50 miles from the centre of London and accommodation costs.

You can find out more regarding eligibility on the Skillset site or by calling the Bursary Team on 0207 713 9829.

IMA Bursary

The Iver Make-Up Academy Bursary is awarded annually for one make-up and hair student following our 14 week Foundation Certificate Course starting in April.

The award is up to 40% of the full fee. Entries must be in by the 30th November in the previous year as successful applicants will be informed before 20th December. The requirements are 3 Years proven experience in at least one of the following – Art, Design, Beauty or Hairdressing – plus photographs of work to show make–up, 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.