How to Fund Your Training 101

Are you passionate about becoming a Makeup and Hair Artist for Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion but concerned about the costs? The Iver Makeup Academy, renowned for its industry-focused training, offers excellent opportunities to kickstart your career. With some savvy strategies, you can pursue your dream without breaking the bank. Here’s how:

Choose the Right Course at IMA

The Iver Makeup Academy offers various courses, from short workshops to comprehensive advanced certificates. Identify the course that best aligns with your career goals and financial situation. Shorter courses or specialised workshops can be more affordable while still providing valuable skills and networking opportunities. We always recommend having a 1-1 talk with us about what course would be best suited to you.

Apply for Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants

The Iver Makeup Academy provides details about available scholarships and bursaries for talented students in need of financial assistance. Check our website or contact the admissions office to learn about available financial aid options and application requirements.

BAFTA Scholarship

Students wishing to study with The Iver Make-Up Academy on our Advanced Certificate Course can apply for a BAFTA Scholarship. Please check BAFTA website for application dates and deadlines,

To be eligible for the bursary which is up to a maximum of £10,000. You first need to be offered a place on our advanced course. 


The Iver Makeup Academy Bursary is awarded annually for a Makeup and Hair Student following our 30-week Advanced Certificate Course starting in April or September 2025.

The Award is up to 80% of the full fee.

The IMA Bursary reopens November 2024 and will be accepting applications from then.

If you are looking to apply for the IMA Bursary, you are required to have been offered a place to study with us on our 30 Week Course. To do this, please arrange an interview with Principal Liz Tagg. You will also need to present a small portfolio of work related to any creative field.


IMA’s Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry Course is ScreenSkills Accredited

As a ScreenSkills accredited Academy students are able to apply for ScreenSkills Bursary towards Tuition Fees. The ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant designed to remove some of the practical barriers to making progress in the screen industries. Bursaries pay for training or other costs associated with skills development. ScreenSkills bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to enter, progress in, return to, or transfer into the screen industries.

For more information and to apply see ScreenSkills.

For more funding options, please click here.

Gain Experience While Earning

Consider part-time work in related fields to support your education financially and gain practical experience. Working at a beauty counter, in a salon, or freelancing as a makeup artist can help you earn while you learn. Offer discounted services to friends and family to build your portfolio and reputation.

Utilize Free Resources

Supplement your Iver training with free resources to expand your knowledge and skills:

  • Networking: Attend industry events, join beauty forums, and engage with professionals on social media. Networking can lead to mentorship and valuable opportunities whilst training.


Maximize Practice Opportunities at Iver

Make the most of the hands-on training and assignments provided at The Iver Makeup Academy. Practicing diligently on every project will enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge. Take advantage of any free workshops or practice sessions offered by the academy.


Create a Detailed Budget

Draft a comprehensive budget covering tuition, materials, transportation, and living expenses. Look for ways to cut non-essential costs and stick to your budget. Consider shared accommodations or public transportation to save money.

We would be more than happy to send you our accommodation list which most of our students use whilst studying. You will also have the chance to network with other students on your course before your start date to make potential house shares more accessible. We also offer a free shuttle bus service running from multiple train stations in the area (Uxbridge Station, Slough Station, Gerrards Cross Station & West Ruislip Station).

Enquire About Payment Plans

The Iver Makeup Academy offer interest free payment plans to help manage tuition fees. Spreading out payments can make the financial commitment more manageable.

Please email us for the current year’s payment plan. Please be aware payment plans are only available for full time courses.


Training at The Iver Makeup Academy is a fantastic investment in your future as Makeup and Hair Artist for Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion. By strategically managing your finances and leveraging available resources, you can pursue your dream career without overwhelming financial strain. Dedication, creativity, and smart budgeting will pave the way for your success in the dynamic world of film and TV makeup artistry.

If you would like to talk further about funding your training, please don’t hesitate to email us on or give us a call on 01753 659213

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Amy Keating

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Amy is our Social Media Administrator and Admin Assistant who joined IMA in 2023. She is a BA (Hons) Makeup and Hair Design Graduate who runs our Social Media platforms and produces creative content.

She also assists with admin and writes our monthly Blogs for the website, detailing events and what daily life is like at the Academy.