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The Facial, Fashion and Photographic makeup course covers the ITEC syllabus for both the Level 2 Facial Make Up certificate and Level 3 Fashion and Photographic Make up certificate.

There has been huge growth in the Irish entertainment and cosmetic industry increasing the employment opportunities of qualified and skilled make up artists. The cosmetic and film industry place high demands on make up artists and Portobello Institute's course provides you with the skills required for this exciting and challenging industry. This all embracing creative evening course is specifically designed to completely equip you with the necessary tools to work in all areas of Fashion, TV and Media Make Up. Your portfolio will prepare you for work in the retail and fashion arena - brands, catwalk, commercial and editorial.

Qualifications gained

  • ITEC Level 2 Facial Make Up Certificate
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Fashion and Photography Makeup
  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Make Up Artistry

Entry requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course structure

This is a part time course, study options include 1 evening per week.

Course content modules

  • Facial Make up - Unit 10

This is the foundation module of any Makeup Artistry course and is essential when trying to obtain work within the industry. The syllabus covers mood-board and face chart creation, client care and consultation, skin care to include cleanse, tone and moisturise, skin types and tones, characteristics and conditions, skin diseases and disorders, how to prep the skin for different types of makeup application, contour and highlight for each face, eye, lip and nose shape, lighting and colour theory and cosmetic science.
Looks include; 1) Day Makeup, 2) Evening Makeup, 3) Special Occasion Makeup, 4) Bridal Makeup 5)High Fashion and Photographic Makeup

  • Fashion, Photographic, TV/Film, Commercial, Editorial and Media Makeup - Unit  834
    This syllabus includes the following;
    - Anatomy and Physiology of the skin, muscles and bones of the head, neck and shoulders
    - Makeup through the decades
    - Makeup for men, children and mature skin
    - Makeup for stage and theatre productions, small and large auditoriums, Makeup for TV/Film, Makeup for catwalk, commercial and editorial use
    - Character design and creation, Creating design plans and working to a brief
    - Bald cap application, fitting and colouring
    - The use, application, colouring and removal of basic SFX products
  • Looks include;
    - The history of 16th -20th century, 1920’s to 1990’s decade makeup
    - Egyptian, Arabic, Bollywood, Oriental/Geisha, and Balletic makeup
    - Fantasy and Fairytale makeups
    - Makeup for editorial and commercial use
    - Catwalk, High fashion and Avant Garde makeup
    - Makeup for colour and black and white photography
    - Basic sfx to include ageing of the face, hands and neck
    - Bald cap characters
    - Character design and creation

Portfolio Presentation

As a Make Up Artist, your portfolio is the tool that will sell your skills to a potential employer. It is very important that your portfolio is presented in a professional yet original manner. Portobello Institute assist and guide you through the techniques required to prepare a portfolio to the highest standard, along with Assessment Criteria: Modular theory and practical exams and portfolio examinations.

Student Kit

It takes time to build the kit of a professional make-up artist. Lots of trial and error with products from all brands - a glance into any professional make-up artist’s kit will show not just one brand but a range of brands and products. For this reason, we don’t recommend students to buy a complete and expensive kit from one main brand. Instead we offer you guidance on how to build your kit with the best products and brushes to do that specific look rather than a one brand fits all approach. We advise you to build your kit over time, trialling different products, ranges, and brushes to find the ones that best suit your creative looks.The Portobello Institute student card will also allow youto avail of special discounts on different product ranges.

Past Student Success Stories

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the success of our past students. Read all about Catriona McMorris who completed this course and went on to open her own make up and beauty studio - Reveal Studios.

You can also read Louise Kaiser's story- using social media wisely she has managed to carve out a very successful career within the creative industry, read her story here.


Read all about some of the amazing and dedicated tutors we have teaching on this course here!

Further Study

- Once you have successfully passed this course you can continue your studies to Semester 2; ITEC Special Effects part time course or you can receive a massive 500 euro discount by signing up to Semester 1 and Semester 2 together- see combined course offer here.

- Alternatively, this Make Up and Counter Sales module is a very beneficial up skill to your creative skills already gained.


Name: ITEC High Fashion & Media Make Up

Cost: 1899 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 17/10/18 - 08/05/19
  • Wed 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Itec exam fee: £195