June 26th, 2018
SPONSORED STORY. Aspiring make-up artist who doesn’t know where to begin? North Kent College might just be what you’re looking for. With an assortment of courses ranging from Beauty Therapy to Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Makeup Artistry, there’s a programme to suit everyone.
A partner college of the University of Greenwich, North Kent College runs a wide range of academic and vocations courses for over 4,000 students based across two campuses: Dartford and Gravesend. Makeup, hair and beauty are grouped with the Arts and Creative Industries and taught at Dartford. Students are given the opportunity to work on film sets, live theatre, and photographic shoots to develop their skill set relevant to their future career.
Beginners can dip their toes into the industry via the one-year Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup with its focus on a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, including applying makeup and creative makeup artistry. Taught by experienced professionals, a minimum of three sessions are spent in the state of the art makeup studio, as well as working on paying clients via the Miskin Makeup Studio in the Dartford campus. There are also additional opportunities, which include attending events such as industry talks, and completing additional training in areas relevant to the course of study. Graduates have the option to find employment within the industry or to progress onto a more challenging course such as a one-year City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in either Makeup Artistry or in Theatrical Makeup Studies. No previous experience in the beauty industry is necessary, as the college looks for positive school reports when selecting their students. Ideally, prospective students also have 2 GCSEs grade A-C in English, Maths, or Science, or Functional Skills or equivalent in L1 English, E3 Maths, and E2 ICT.
Having passed the level 2 course, students who take the Advanced Technical Diploma in Makeup Artistry concentrate on a variety of more specific areas, including body art, specialist bridal and hair makeup, and media makeup blogging. Here again, students work with industry experts whilst they learn and begin to explore where their passions lie, cultivating flairs for historical design or perhaps camouflage make-up. Graduates go on to employment or advance to higher education and pursue a degree in a related subject.
Alternatively, those who prefer theatre can opt for the slightly more specialised course with modules on avant-garde hair and makeup, applying prostheses, and wig dressing, fitting and maintenance. This can be followed by a degree or with the Level 4 qualification in an advanced technique or management area, such as a Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector – Theatrical and Media Make-up.
To further inspire students, the college runs masterclasses such as that recently run by alumnus, Kirsty Djajasaputra, who is now a lead makeup artist with Urban Decay. She chatted about her journey in the industry, took questions, demonstrated an editorial look, and discussed foiling and different trends with the class.
With a myriad of creative courses on offer, visit North Kent College’s site here for more information. What are you waiting for?