International Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up

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One-year full time
3 February 2023
Monday - Friday (08:30 - 13:00)
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This one-year, full-time International Diploma in Make-up Artistry and International Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Make-up programme is highly practical and designed to give you a good knowledge and understanding from basic to advanced make-up applications (make-up artistry, special effects and prosthetics, hairstyling & airbrushing). As part of this course, you will be supplied with a high-quality complete make up and special effects kit containing all products and equipment for the course and to work with thereafter. This programme is ideal for those who wish to specialize in make-up & special effects for TV, film, theatre & photography.

Finding employment will be no problem because of the wide variety of career options and subjects covered. You do not need a matric (Grade12) certificate but the minimum age requirement is 16 years of age. The programme is divided into 4 terms with vacation/break between, like school holidays, ensuring the “student-life” experience. You will be able to start booking clients from month one and build your clientele to secure an income. Your friends and family will be welcome to come and sit as models to become part of your studies and career choice.

Please contact the academy to book an enrolment interview with the registrar or principal where all the courses and procedures will be explained to you and your sponsor.

course content & subjects:

Make-up Artistry Diploma Subjects

  • Basic cleansing routine, skin care, preparation product and equipment selection, functions and usage
  • Anatomy of skin, muscles and bones
  • Application of make-up using different techniques
  • Corrective make-up (face shapes, noses, eyes and lips)
  • Camouflage make-up (tattoos, birthmarks, scars, pigmentation, blemishes etc.)
  • Bridal make-up
  • Colour and lighting for theatre and photography
  • Kabuki make-up, Opera make-up
  • Ballet, modern, hip pop, fire dance make-up
  • Photographic make-up for men
  • Make-up for black and white photos
  • Theatrical make-up, -ageing and making of eye bags
  • Latex ageing for film & TV
  • Special effects (cuts, bullet wounds, burns etc.)
  • First Aid, health & safety.
  • Crepe Beard application and beard knotting/making
  • Make-up styles through the ages (Period make-up – 20’s – 90’s)
  • Copying make-up styles from magazines
  • Introduction to body art & painting.
  • Eyebrow / Lash shaping and tinting
  • History of make-up
  • Day make-up
  • Evening make-up
  • Mature make-up
  • Black / Ethnic and oriental skin make-up
  • Colour photographic makeup
  • Glamorous photographic make-up
  • Ramp / catwalk / fashion make up
  • Character HD / TV and make-up
  • Avant-garde, smoky eye, gothic, gypsy make-up
  • Clown, Mime, Jocker make-up
  • Competition make-up
  • Aged Hobo and Prostitute
  • Fantasy, Futuristic, Pantomime make-up
  • Traditional Make-up (African, Oriental Japanese – Geisha, Chinese Dynasty, Eastern Indian, Egyptian, Greek, French, etc.)
  • Making & applying latex bald caps
  • Bald cap camouflage
  • Face – Animal, Cartoon and Body painting
  • Business studies & CV development and marketing
  • Media make-up for film & TV
  • Product training


  • Theory on Airbrush guns, components, paints and compressor.
  • Theory on airbrush make-up, nail art, body art and tanning.
  • Dissemble and assemble of airbrush guns.
  • Connecting and controlling the compressor.
  • Airbrush trigger control.
  • Design and cutting of stencils.
  • Blending, shading and stencil use.
  • Cleaning of airbrush guns.
  • Airbrush nail art application.
  • Airbrush make-up application.
  • Airbrush body art application.
  • Airbrush tanning application.
  • Client care and after care.

Special Effects & Prosthetics

  • Creating the life mask
  • Making of plastic bald caps
  • Colouring of plastic bald caps
  • Sculpting designs for face, hands, feet and body parts
  • Taking impressions and making molds
  • Making Teeth and Dental Impressions
  • Piece molding for noses, chins and eye bags
  • Silicone pieces
  • Wounds and Injuries
  • Use of theatrical, stage and film blood, collodion and various materials used in filmmaking
  • Hot and Cold Foam
  • Drawing
  • Anatomy of the skin, muscles, and bones
  • Sculpting & casting of prosthetics
  • Style and fit postiche
  • False teeth making
  • Beard making & application
  • Hair-punching
  • Moustache making & applying
  • Creature design

Fast Fashion Hairstyling

  • Theory on Hair care, Contra-indications, Anatomy of the hair and client care.
  • Shampoo and Conditioning
  • Blow drying to achieve different looks
  • Straightening & Straight up-styling
  • Curling with electrical equipment & Curly up-styles
  • Roller setting
  • French Roll & -braid and other braids
  • Bridal Hairstyles
  • Teasing


  • Theory on Airbrush guns, components, paints and compressor
  • Theory on airbrush make-up, nail art, body art, and tanning
  • Dissemble and assemble of airbrush guns
  • Connecting and controlling the compressor
  • Airbrush trigger control
  • Design and cutting of stencils
  • Blending, shading and stencil use
  • Cleaning of airbrush guns
  • Airbrush nail art application
  • Airbrush make-up application
  • Airbrush body art application
  • Airbrush tanning application
  • Client care and aftercare
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