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CIDESCO Diploma in Media Make Up

Aim of the course
To give candidates the required information and qualification to be able to efficiently and effectively work as professional theatre, media and fashion make-up artists in the world. The course is designed to give candidates the most comprehensive training in media make-up.

This Media Make-up course is a complete training programme which does not require the student to have any previous make-up knowledge.

Candidates are required to have completed a course of at least 700 hours at a registered CIDESCO Media Make-up school.

Work experience
100 hours of practical work experience in different disciplines required.This can be started during the course and completed before the examination.

The examination for the Media Make-up Diploma consists of three parts: a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper, a practical exam including Mood/Story Board and a Portfolio.

Candidates are required to prepare a Portfolio which will assist them with finding work. The Portfolio should be relevant to the study of make-up, film, theatre and/or history. It must include two folders; the Professional Work Portfolio and the Supporting Evidence Folder. Passing the Portfolio is a pre-requisite to sit the CIDESCO Media Make-up examination.


Core Subjects:

  • Wig handling- Postiche work
  • Different types of make up
  • Hair styling
  • Ageing and latex ageing
  • Bald caps
  • Plaster work  (Hot foam latex work )
  • Prosthetics and facial casting
  • FX Special effects (injuries, skin diseases, scars, bruises, wounds)
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Professional  work portfolio
  • Supporting evidence folder

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