Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Theatrical Hair, Make-up & Design) - Sandwell College

Full Time

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Theatrical Hair, Make-up & Design)

Theatrical Hair, Make-up & Design

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

Are you interested in hair, make-up or costume? Then step this way! This Extended Diploma in Production Arts covers theatrical hair, make-up and costume design for performers. You will have links to our hairdressing, beauty, art and design and fashion teams. You will study units such as:

During the course, you will work with performing arts students to create and apply hair, make-up and costumes for a variety of performances.

Course requirements

You’ll need four GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above (which can include a BTEC Level 2 or equivalent in a relevant subject).

You will study 9-10 modules each year, including some of the following:

  • Production Arts Planning
  • Production Arts Workshop
  • Production for Theatre Planning
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Make-up Application for Performers
  • Special Effects Make-up
  • Make-up using Prosthetics
  • Fantasy Hair Designs
  • Hair Styling & Dressing for Performers
  • Period Make-up/Hair & Costume
  • Designing Costumes for Performers
  • Design Drawing Development

The academic staff are professionals who have worked in the industry and can share their subject-specialist knowledge with you.

The great thing about this course is that you work with all areas of the creative industries and build skills to develop a future in theatrical hair, make-up or design.

Students attend regular trips to theatres for backstage tours, workshops or live shows. You will attend events such as hair shows. You will also have the opportunity to participate in hair and beauty competitions.

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice - Theatrical Hair, Make-up & Design is assessed in many ways, including:

  • Observation through sessions, workshops, and performances (classwork, teamwork and independent study)
  • Portfolio building and written assignments (theory skills)
  • Practical activities, workshops, and performances (formal assessments)

After successfully completing the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in their first year, students will progress to the second year of their course, the BTEC Extended Diploma in Production Arts.

Once completed, students can progress on to HE Courses such as HNC/HND or BA Hons Degrees within Hair, Make-up or Design, including Theatre Design and Special Effects Make-up.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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