This course will give you a qualification in Fashion Make-up. It contains units that provide underpinning knowledge and skills required to work within Fashion make-up, cosmetic and creative industries.  Fashion make-up takes cognisance of the growth and diversity within the fashion make-up industry and will provide you with an industry recognised qualification and skills to enable you to work effectively within this fast-paced environment.

You will be taught by a team of industry experts with a wealth of industry experience and expertise in make-up counters, film, theatre and fashion photoshoots.  Their expertise will ensure your learning is at the centre of their teaching practice.

An essential aspect of the course is working in industry alongside, meeting and observing Make-up Artists working in the field. 

You are required to supply your own kit.  The college will supply aspects of materials with regards to hair pieces, wigs and special effect products.  In addition, you are expected to supply your own stationery.  More information will be given at interview.

Dress code

Black dress code, no nail extensions and of a professional standard.


Course code





The couses is part time, The learners will attend college five hours per week for 36 weeks and  study at home 3 hours per week. The college will provide an industry standard ‘salon environment’ in which learners can perform practical activities that will simulate the real working environment and have access to equipment to study for the HNC Make- up Artistry.

Entry Requirements

National Qualification at SCQF level 6 Make-Up Artistry; OR
SCQF level 6 or SVQ level 3 Ladies Hairdressing; OR
NCGA level 6 in Beauty Care; OR
Two Highers at Grade C or above; OR
Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional Entry Requirements

Meet entry requirements.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session.

Learners will be required to attend a face to face interview or a interview on teams video to further discuss your application. You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area. 

Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting or telephone discussion call, but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.


Course Content

Essential Make-up Skills
Fashion Make-up: Current Fashion and Classic Make-up Skills
Fashion Make-up: Runway and Editorial Make-up and Hair Skills
Work Placement
Fashion Make-up: Presentation and Promotional Skills
Fashion Make-up: Hairdressing Techniques
Fashion Make-up: Make-up and Hairstyling for a Photoshoot


There will be a variety of assessment methods used including practical, closed book and portfolio building.


You may consider career prospects in fashion Make up such as;  Cosmetic Consultant, Freelance Make-up Artist, Session Stylist, Cosmetic Company Ambassador, Sales Representative or Demonstrator.

Career Prospects

The HNC in Fashion Make-up allows progression into an HNC/HND in Make-up Artistry. Learners who successfully complete the qualification may progress to employment within the fashion, or commercial make-up industry.

Higher National Qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs); for example, the SVQ in Beauty Therapy: Make-Up at SCQF levels 5 and 6.

Additional funding information

All students are liable for payment of their course fees, unless they make a successful application to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for full time fees or Part-Time Fee Waiver Grant (PTFG), are entitled to a SFC Fee Waiver, or their fees are to be paid by a third-party sponsor e.g. employer. It is the student’s responsibility to provide evidence of a successful application. If a student discovers they are ineligible for funding the student will become liable for unpaid fees Where students are self-financing, their course fees must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date, unless an instalment plan has been agreed.

Students studying 15 credits will undertake 7 credits in year one costing £599 for 7 credits plus £103.75 registration free. Total £702.75. In year two you will study the remaining 8 credits at a cost of £685.

Students studying 12 credits will undertake 6 credits each year. Cost for 6 credits is £514 plus £103.75 registration fee in year one, and £514 for 6 credits in year two.

PAYMENT INSTALMENT PLANS Where students are self-funding the course fee must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date unless they select one of the following payment options.

  • Where any net fee (after any applicable grant) is £300 or less the fee is payable in full no later than 7 days prior to the course start date.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £300 up to £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 3 months - a 3-month instalment plan is available.
  • Where any net fee is in excess of £800 and the duration of the course exceeds 6 months – a 5-month instalment plan is available.
  • The 1 st instalment is due no later than 7 days prior to the course start date with the remaining instalments payable on a monthly basis thereafter. Any application to pay by instalments must be made to the Finance department (Tel 01387 734000) who have sole discretion on accepting any application for payment in this way.

Selling Points

The HNC in Fashion Make-up is suitable for a wide range of candidates including

Adult returners to education
Individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
People who wish to start their own business