Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Make-Up Artistry

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Do you aspire to have a career in the world of fashion, theatre and film? Can you be the person who has the skill and flair to transform people into a variety of looks using specialist products and techniques, and create characters through the use of special e ects and artistry into other worlds? In this course you have the opportunity to work with cutting edge products in a state of the art Makeup Studio and build your portfolio for your future career.


  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.
  • Mature applicants are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.
  • CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in Make-Up Artistry at interview and must bring with them a portfolio of make-up work completed by them as evidence of their interest. This should include at least 5 photographs of theatrical or fashion (e.g. debs or wedding) style work. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.


September to May.


€492 – this cost includes ITEC and QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). Approx. €1,200 for uniforms, kits and certain course materials which will be paid directly to suppliers on registration day. See fees & payment for details.


  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make-Up 603/4049/6 (2128).
  • QQI Level 5 Make-Up Artistry Award (5M5265).


Fashion & Media Make-Up - 5N4627/ITEC

Learn all aspects of makeup design & application for Fashion shows & photographic work – professional photoshoots are part of this module.

Period and Theatrical Make-Up - 5N4632/ITEC

Explore the history of Makeup & specialised applications used for theatrical looks including pantomime, ageing and character transformations.

Postiche - 5N4633

Learn the art of hair-piece making to include making a bespoke beard/moustache for an individual.

Retail Selling - 5N1619

Learn the technologies currently used in the retail sector including cash registers, bar code scanners, stock security devices etc. Learn about customer loyalty, merchandising, retail ethics and training and communication skills.Learn how to open and close a sale, deal with complaints or present alternative products.

Specialised Make-Up Effects - 5N4634/ITEC

Understand specialised areas of Makeup Artistry required for the Film, Television, Theatre & Photographic industries. Make bespoke pieces to create special effects e.g. bald-caps, realistic aging, scarring, wounds, burns, bruising, effects & pieces to create different shapes to an actors appearance e.g. alien or animal effects.

Work Experience - 5N1356

Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.

Communications - 5N0690

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

Professional Conduct and Business Awareness ITEC

Learn about elements required for the work place and when running a business in the Makeup Artistry Industry, subjects include business, health & safety.


  • Phorest Salon Software Certificate – Phorest Salon Software is an all-in platform that helps salon owners manage their appointments, clients, stock, and staff. It also has key features for marketing and social media to enable a salon to grow to its full potential. At Morrison’s Island Campus, we offer our learners an introductory course in this software. This includes how to manage appointments and therapists, couple and group bookings. Additionally, beauty salon consultation forms, customer tracking, beauty salon marketing and selling and purchasing are also included.


What hours are involved?

The course is full time and runs Monday to Thursday potentially from 9-5pm and on Fridays from 9-2pm. One of these days will be assigned as your work experience day.

How is the course assessed?

We use two Federations as the Qualifying bodies for the Course, QQI – Quality and Qualifications Ireland, Level 5 and ITEC/VTCT International Therapies Examinations Council. These qualifications are recognised world-wide so you can travel with your qualifications and skills. The course is assessed through a combination of coursework (projects, assignments, learner records and portfolios). Also, ITEC have Examinations including practical & theory exams portfolio work in December and May of each year.

Am I qualified to work as a Makeup Artist if I do this course?

Yes, if you graduate from our Makeup Artistry Diploma course, you are fully qualified to enter industry straight away. There are a myriad of career options e.g. Retail sales in a Makeup Counter, working directly for a Makeup Brand, working as a Theatrical Makeup Artistry, Film Makeup Artist, Trainer for a Makeup Brand, Sales representative, Self employed Free-lance Makeup Artist, Media Makeup Artist e.g. for photographic shoots in magazines, Advertising campaigns, Music videos, films the list goes on…

Other advantages of Makeup Artistry in Cork College of FET - Morrison's Island Campus

  • As well as Internationally recognised qualifications in Makeup Artistry, students also complete modules in work experience, Retail Selling, Customer Service, Business, Phorest Salon packages, etc which gives a complete skill-set for the workplace ahead.
  • You will work with professional products chosen and supplied by Makeup Artistry specialists.
  • It’s a very busy course with full interaction with Makeup Artistry specialists in all classes.

Will I get a place in a 3rd level course if I do this course?

Many of our students each year progress to 3rd level courses. However, there is no guarantee of a place. Students apply through the CAO using their QQI level 5 results therefore students need to work hard in order to achieve the best possible results. However, there are limited progression places available. These QQI points are valid for any third level course of your choice. However, there are some degrees for Makeup Artistry: IADT – Institute of Art & Design, Dun Laoighre, Co. Dublin have a degree course in Character Makeup Design –

Solent University in Southhampton, UK have a degree course in Makeup & Hair design also –


Students undertake work placement one day per week in a retail/theatre/fashion environment for the duration of the year. Work placement is a highly valued component of the student experience here at the college. An excellent opportunity for you to gain insight into the world of work. Students are encouraged to source their own Work Placement but you will be supported by the Work Placement team should you need assistance to do this.


Some of our popular progressions include:

  • Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dun Laoghaire: DL830, BA Design for Stage and Screen (Make-Up Design).
  • Southhampton Solent University: BA (Hons) Makeup & Hair Design.

Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.


Free-Lance Makeup Artist, Theatrical Makeup Artist, Film/Television Makeup Artist, Product trainer, Sales Representative, Retail Industry. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub.

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