The Iver Make-Up Academy
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Industry Ready Certificate In Makeup And Hair Artistry

15 Weeks

Full Time Courses

Our Industry Ready, training course for HETV, film, theatre, fashion, and SFX makeup and hair. This course will equip you with all the skills you need to kick start your career in the media makeup industry.


Enrol on our  full time, Industry Ready Makeup and Hair Artistry course and kick start your career in TV and Film.

From character makeup and gory prosthetic wounds, to  beauty make-up and wig dressing , you’ll learn all the professional skills you need to build a career in the industry. Throughout this 15 week course you’ll be assessed on all skills, from application techniques to creative period looks and project timings.

Our course tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge. They have many years’ experience working on some of the best known Film and TV productions in recent years. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry, so you can be sure you will be learning from the best.

At the end of your 15 weeks, you will possess the professional skills required to start your career in the media makeup industry, having gained training in makeup, hair styling, special effects, airbrushing and hairdressing. You will know how to work from a brief, break down a script, follow continuity and organise a crowd call. Alongside knowing how to create special effects, beauty and period makeup and hair looks, work with wigs and facial hair, you will be industry ready.

The course runs from Monday to Friday and the hours are 10 am till 4 pm.

Entry requirements: Must be aged 18+ and pass an interview. You don’t need to have any previous makeup experience as the course starts with the basics and builds from these skills. All we ask is that you have a certain level of artistic ability and a passion and dedication to learn.

Course Payment: A 20% deposit is required to secure a place on this makeup course with the full balance due 6 weeks prior to the course start date. We have several options to help fund your makeup course including interest free payment plans, bursaries and loans.


Starting your professional career as a qualified makeup & hair artist

At The Iver Makeup Academy, you don’t just benefit from the best tutors in the industry; our placement agency helps students find real industry work experience and placements once they have finished their chosen course. Your placements will be relevant to the skills you have learned and the Industry Ready Course is the perfect launchpad to your new career.  This is a free service that is available to all graduates of our courses.

Visit our aftercare page for more information on the ways we can help students find vital hands-on industry experience.

Please note that we regrettably have limited places for this course, so it is advisable to apply for your course early to avoid disappointment!


TV and media makeup and hair

When you arrive at The Iver Makeup Academy, you’ll have an introduction session to meet our tutors and other students, along with a demonstration of your new makeup kit (provided). You’ll also be briefed on basic health and safety procedures. A further introduction session on media makeup will help you become familiarised with the products that will be used throughout the course.

In the first 3 weeks, you’ll master makeup techniques for applying foundation, corrector, concealer, blush, eye makeup, along with lips and lashes. Understanding facial anatomy is a key part to creating great looks and you’ll be taught how to work with it as part of this module. You’ll also learn how to assess skin colour and age to determine the best techniques to use when working with a range of skin types.

For the hair styling section of this module, you will gain practical experience in putting together complete looks for TV presenters, red carpet and bridal occasions. You’ll do this following lessons in the use of hair products and tools such as heated rollers and straighteners. Giving you a well-rounded guide to TV and film hair, you’ll also get to experience working with hair pieces and extensions and learn how to create complete male grooming looks.

For more information see our Media Makeup and Hair course.

Facial hair application

By the end of this week-long module, you’ll have a good understanding of the skills and techniques used in the TV and film industry to create characters with facial hair looks. This comprises of applying postiche including sideburns, moustache and full beard pieces, as well as, stubble and laying on hair. Also, cleaning methods will be taught, so you know how to fully care for the hair pieces.

For more information see our Facial Hair course.

Character, SFX and prosthetic application

Module 3 is an introduction to character work using special effects and prosthetic makeup, which is built on later in this makeup artist course during the Further Prosthetics module. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the health and safety procedures that are vital when working with prosthetics.

After this, you’ll be able to get hands-on experience creating casualty effects such as burns and skin diseases using pro-bondo, silicone guns and sculpt gel, as well as applying gelatine wounds. Special effects such as ageing techniques for character looks are also covered as part of this module.

For more information see our Character, SFX and Prosthetic Application course.

Period makeup, hair and wig work

At this half-way point in the course, individual assessments will take place to track your progress so far.

As part of this 3-week module, you will be taught about the technical workings of wigs and hair pieces, including the application of switches, clusters, wefts, wigs and toupees. You’ll also learn how to care for these by blocking and washing the wigs and hair pieces. Basic research techniques for period work and historical looks will help to give you a taste of what it is like to work in the film and TV industry.

You will then put this knowledge into practice through a series of projects focusing on different eras by creating complete hair and makeup looks from the 1920s, 40s and 60s. The Edwardian and Victorian eras are also studied during this part of the course, and you’ll have a chance to create ringlets and waves using hot rod and dowelling techniques.

For more information see our Period Makeup, Hair and Wig Work course.

Putting it all together and timed work

Module 7 takes place over 1 week and focuses on what it’s like to work in the industry. You will get first-hand experience of the etiquette and pressures of working on TV and film sets through a crowd room simulation. You’ll also complete projects such as a timed character look and application of facial hair to get a feel for the time restrictions placed upon professional makeup artists.During this week you will learn have an introduction into how to break down script

To get you even more prepared for a career in the industry, you’ll be taught about continuity and script breakdown processes and build on your portfolio of work to showcase your talents.

For more information see our Timed Projects course.

Hairdressing and barbering

During this  module, you’ll learn the basics of haircutting and styling starting with health and safety procedures and an introduction to the products that will be used. You’ll then get to learn and try out trimming long hair, cutting bobs and creating layers on practice heads. As well as these techniques, you’ll be taught methods for creating men’s texture cut, short back and sides and beard trimming.

For more information see our Haircutting and Barbering course.

Afro Textured Hair

As an artist working across multiple areas of Film, TV, Music, Theatre or Beauty; this course will provide you with the skill set to embrace and celebrate the diversity of Afro-Textured hair. You will feel empowered and gain a level of confidence both in skill set and ‘cultural appropriate conversation’.

Introductory Afro Textured Hair Course | Fashion & Media (

Dates and Prices

See our current dates below.

Included in the prices: A professional makeup and hair kit is included within the price of the course, for students to keep once they have graduated. This is worth over £2,500 and includes products and tools from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Bluebird, Airbase and Kryolan. We have a large selection of wigs, facial hair and SFX materials that will be made available to you for use in our studios.

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Spaces available for September 2024



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
  • ScreenSkills Bursaries
  • IMA Interest-Free Payment Plan
  • IMA Bursary
  • Financial Help for Adult learners from Northern Ireland
  • Other Grants and Benefits
  • Princes Trust
  • CSN-Student Funding
  • Overseas students
  • Graduate Advice

Find out more here about funding


Nabeel HussainNabeel Hussain
13:52 01 Jan 21
I agree with all the reviews, for someone like me who changed careers, I felt supported and encouraged every day at the Iver Makeup Academy.I was allowed to reconnect with making a career in something I was/am passionate about. Anyone attending a course here will experience something wonderful.Thank you to all the talented tutors and support team for changing my life – for the better.
Aimee SampsonAimee Sampson
14:56 29 Oct 19
Definitely the best thing I've ever done and has totally changed my life. The Iver Academy educates you on practically all aspects of Hair and Makeup for Film and Television. Taught by the most inspiring tutors, you feel in safe and experienced hands. 100% recommend any of the courses for any skill level. Enjoyed every minute, thank you!
Lily HarlingLily Harling
16:13 28 Oct 19
I couldn’t recommend the Iver Academy enough. The knowledge I gained was impeccable, the facilities are fabulous, and the location is perfect for getting your foot into the Make-Up world. Having such talented professionals as tutors who have great experience in the industry (and are still currently working within it) was such a benefit. Not only do they teach you a huge range of practical skills, they prepare you for everything you need when starting in the industry such as etiquette, admin and continuity.Aftercare at the Iver Academy is great with regular updates about job opportunities and experience to help you get your foot in the door, and they continue to support you further into the future after graduating. All the Tutors and Staff are so supportive and genuinely want to see all their students succeed once leaving the school.Anyone wanting to begin their development in the Make-Up industry would highly benefit from studying at the Iver Academy!
Saskia LyonsSaskia Lyons
11:50 17 Oct 19
Highly recommend The Iver Academy if you want to get out and working in the industry. I was on the Advanced 30 week course and found it a very enjoyable, supportive environment as a student and as a graduate. You feel part of a family. Not only did we learn a variety of skills in Hair and Makeup, but also a lot about the industry and what to expect. The filming project in the last few weeks was especially beneficial. Thank you, Iver Academy!
Georgia GGeorgia G
10:28 16 Oct 19
Amazing experience at The Iver Makeup Academy.As well as learning from teachers that are still working hair and makeup artists in the industry, you will be part of the family.It really does feel like a home from home.Past students who come in, share there experiences and tips on how to find work.Staff are friendly and always ready to help with everything and anything.The teachers are amazing and offer the most relevant and up to date knowledge and education as they are all passionate about the industry and working in film,TV,Theatre,Fashion and anything inbetween.The benefit of being in Pinewood Studios is that there is so much going on around you,if there would be an opportunity for work experience,it may be here.......Aftercare with The Iver Makeup Academy is great and you get regular updates about work experience and opportunities.There are also many opportunities to meet amazing tutors and make connections for future work experience.I have had a positive experience and would do The Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry all over again if I could.I recommend coming here if you want the absolutely,very best education and opportunities thereafter.


View some of our FAQs below, if you still cannot find the answer you are looking for then please see all our FAQs or get in contact with us today.

How do I enrol on a course?

You must be 18 or over to apply for any of our courses, except our SFX summer school which is for 14-17 year olds. You must also meet any entry requirements specified (please visit the individual course pages for more details on these requirements).

To start the enrolment process, we first ask that you get in touch to arrange a visit to our studios, where we can carry out a brief interview. Telephone interviews can also be arranged if you are located too far away. After the interview stage you will need to complete an enrolment form and will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on your chosen course. Please note that this deposit is unfortunately non-refundable.

What do the fees include?

Your fees include everything that is needed to successfully complete our courses. This includes materials, makeup, brushes and tools and cleaning equipment. All we ask is that you bring your own pen and notepad to each lesson for note taking.

Our full time Certificate, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Hair and Makeup courses all include a full makeup and hair kit in the cost. This provides you with industry-quality makeup from brands including Bobbi Brown, MAC and Kryolan, as well as professional palettes, makeup brushes and hair tools. The value of each kit on the Intermediate and Advanced course is over £2000 and this is yours to keep once the course has ended.

Specialist equipment is supplied for our shorter courses and further prosthetics courses to allow you to complete the training.

Do you offer student loans for your courses?

The Iver Academy is registered with UK Government’s Skills Funding Agency. Currently there are no Government funded student loans available for our courses but please take a go look at our Funding page as there are a number of Bursary’s and Scholarship programmes available.

For more information please see our How to Fund your Training page

Am I able to visit The Iver Academy before enrolling?

We encourage anyone considering a course with us to first come and visit our academy. You can call us to make an appointment, where one of our team will happily show you around the premises and facilities, or you can attend one of our open days.

What is your average tutor to student ratio?

All of our courses are taught in small tutor groups. Our tutor / student ratio will vary depending on our individual courses, but on average this will be a ratio between 1:7 and 1:14 This helps us ensure that all our students receive the best care and attention to further their development.

What are your regular class teaching times?

Our regular classroom times are between 10am and 4pm and 9.30 am till 4.30 pm for Prosthetics and SFX modules.However, our academy opening hours are from 9am – 5pm to give students ample time to practise their skills and prepare for any tasks.


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