Cert HE in PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP DESIGN -- 1 Year Course University Accredited Make-up Course

If you want the most intensive and highly structured practical training in make-up design and hairdressing in the UK, this is the make-up course for you.

Equivalent to the first year of a degree course - and validated by the University of West London - the Cert HE Professional Make-up Design course is respected and renowned throughout the make-up industry and media business. Delamar Academy itself is famous for its high educational standards and hands-on, top quality teaching.


A deposit of £4,900 and a completed enrolment form will secure you a place on the course. A full kit box is included.


No previous experience of make-up or hairdressing is necessary because, when you join Delamar Academy, all the fundamental core skills are taught from the very first day.

The course provides an intensive foundation for all the make-up and hair skills you will need for working as a make-up artist in the industry. At the end of your year, you will:

  • Have a high level of proficiency in all areas of make-up and hair for Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion;
  • Know how to research a subject and use relevant reference material to fulfil a make-up brief;
  • Possess the professional skills and contacts to help you start your career in the make-up artist industry;
  • Have a portfolio of work to help you with future employment;
  • Have worked on set and gained valuable experience and confidence in a professional environment.


The year-long course is divided into 2 semesters, each with an exciting mix of practical hands-on tuition, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. Class times are 10 am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

All students receive a kit bag and make-up, a set of brushes, a handbook with full details of the course structure and assessment methods, and the text book "The Complete Make-Up Artist", written by our Principal, Penny Delamar. This is a well-respected text book on all aspects of make-up and will become a vital reference as you progress through the course.

The kit given to students includes products from selected brands such as Nars, Charles Fox, MAC, Screenface, and many more. Further make-up - from these brands and many others - is also available for use during the course.

As the course is validated by University of West London, students will receive student support, including access to the students' union, and much more. Find out more about the support offered by the university of west london

Please note whilst we have students in UWL accommodation, it’s not something we can guarantee. There are three student houses for our CertHE group and we help put students in touch with each other to form groups for more accommodation. There are also studio apartments for students within a five minute walk. For further accomodation advice please see out accomodation blog


The first semester starts in September followed by semester 2 which starts the following January.  

Your first semester gives you an intensive introduction to the essentials of make-up and hair. This is very similar to the Complete Make-up Artist Course and will include Basic Beauty make-up, Basic Hair, Period Make-up, Fashion Make-up, Period Wigs, Period Make-up and Hair, Facial Hair, Bodypainting and Airbrushing, Prosthetics and Bald Caps and Hollywood Hair.

There are also two practical assessments during the semester.


Your second semester will start in January.

In your second semester you will focus on developing the skills learned in your first semester by revisiting some of the earlier topics but in much greater detail. The semester is split into two major modules: Specialisation and Portfolio Building.

In Specialisation, you will have a choice of specialised options – choose between:

Each module includes practical assessments and a research assignment.

The second semester will include further classes in continuity, script breakdown, set etiquette, career development, and behind the scenes information about the film, tv, fashion, and theatre industries. These classes aim to nurture and guide you towards your entry into the industry. This information - combined with masterclasses by guest tutors, lighting and camera workshops, and coaching in professional skills - ensures you are fully prepared to enter the industry on completion of your course.

This semester will also see you begin to participate in work experience. The Delamar Agency is well regarded throughout the industry and you will benefit from being recommended for student films, fashion shoots, and theatrical productions, which will add to your portfolio and CV building.

Portfolio Building will help you to start building your portfolio through work experience and focused project-based sessions. These will include classes in Beauty, Casualty and Character, Period Make-up and Hair, Bald Caps, and Bodypainting. You will also be able to create additional projects of your own for your portfolio, with access to Delamar facilities. (You can find out more about this part of the course by looking at the details on the Portfolio Building course page.)

Your portfolio will be presented at the End of Year Exhibition, along with your notes and evidence of the work experience you have done. As well as seeing your portfolio assessed, the Exhibition is an opportunity for Delamar tutors and other make-up artists who attend the exhibition to determine your skills and creativity and to consider you for roles assisting them in current or future make-up work.

At the end of the course, you and your family will have the excitement of the formal Graduation Ceremony at UWL to look forward to before you take your first steps in your new career.

You will have learnt how to find your own work and make contacts within the industry throughout the year. After you graduate, you will still have full access to the Delamar Agency and all the supportive aftercare we can offer.


Whilst some of our gradates will go straight into work in television, film or fashion as a make-up artist, the majority will continue to do work experience and work their way up. You will have an option of developing your skills further with either a second Advanced Module (Prosthetics, Fashion or Hair) or the Advanced Combined Studies (including Advanced Casualty and Character, and the four week Advanced Fashion ). This module is packed with creative project work, advanced skills and techniques, and masterclasses by well-regarded visiting experts from the industry.  These courses  are stand alone courses so discounts will be available to students who have already attended full-time courses at Delamar. Once you are a Delamar graduate we want you to be as well trained as possible.


The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on the Ealing Studios site.)

In our spacious classrooms, you will normally have your own personal workstation - including professional lighting and equipment. We also have a large ground floor prosthetics workshop. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Course Dates

04 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 

The graduate exhibtion takes place in mid June and the graduation ceremony takes place in mid July.

If the dates you wish to attend Delamar Academy are not yet on our website please call us for expected course dates.

How To Apply

Although no experience in make-up or hairdressing is needed, all students must have an informal interview, ideally in person but, if that’s not possible, on the telephone.

Please note that all students must be at least 18 years old.

In addition, if English is not your first language you must have a good standard of spoken English (equivalent to IELTS 6.5).

If you are under 21 years of age, proof of 5 GCSE's and 1 A-level or equivalent to 120 UCAS points or 48 points under the new tariff system. Due to the number of level 3 Make-up courses that are not recognised by UCAS we will consider students without the minimum 120 UCAS points. However we will discuss your academic qualifications and work experience to ensure they meet the UWL criteria. If they do not, we may suggest modules that are not validated by the University of West London as an alternative.

This can be discussed further during your informal interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% deposit (£4,900) and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest is due by the end of June prior to the course start. Where spaces are still available after the end of June (there is no closing date for course entries where spaces are available) the full fees are due on enrolment. If the course is full we would recommend being placed on the waiting list. We will contact people on the waiting list if a student asks to defer. 

Check out the dates of the next course in the course dates section located in the left sidebar.

Please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email, to discuss your course needs, or to talk about the qualifications for entry.