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 to be awarded 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.


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.

This is available for our Intermediate and Advanced Courses up until January 25th 2019.

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:-




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.


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 in January. 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. 


Financial Help for Adult learners from Northern Ireland

You may be entitled to extra financial support. Take a look at the link below for details

Other Grants and Benefits.

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

Princes Trust

The Princes Trust provides funding up to £500

CSN-Student Funding

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


Overseas students

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

Graduate Advice

Katy 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.

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

Eleanor- 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.


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