SCQF Level 7
Performing Arts

Course Overview

HNC Fashion make-up is a modern course with on-trend teachings in fashion and make-up. Push your creative potential as you learn essential make-up techniques to a professional industry standard. Not only will you focus on the make-up aspect; you will immerse yourself in all stages of a fashion-photoshoot or fashion-show. This will involve hairstyling and researching current fashion as well as exploring the rich history of the fashion industry. 


This course is a mix of practical and theory-based learning where you will develop knowledge and skills in make-up application and be fully prepared to progress into a rewarding make-up career or further study at HND level.  


What You Will Learn

  • Work Placement 
  • Essential Make-up Skills 
  • Current Fashion and Classic Make-up Skills 
  • Presentation and Promotional Skills 
  • Hairdressing Techniques  
  • Make-up and Hairstyling for a Photoshoot 
  • History of Make-up 
  • History of Hairstyling 
  • Fashion Make-up: Graded Unit 1 

Placement Information

Regular work experience with industry professionals will be available throughout the course which will either be completed in-house within Edinburgh College facilities or elsewhere in the industry. Participation in these are not mandatory but instead are encouraged by College lecturers. You will also collaborate with other students in the College to fulfil professional standard photoshoots. This will involve working with Photography, Models, Fashion Designers 

Entry Requirements

  • Three Highers at Grade C or above, English and Art (or art-based/related) subjects are preferred 
  • Computer skills would be considered advantageous but not mandatory as the industry is extremely digital-focused 
  • Applicants may also apply with Art, Beauty or Hairdressing qualifications at a minimum of SCQF Level 6 
  • Applicants with extensive related work experience in the field or NC Make-up Artistry are also able to apply 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This course is assessed continually throughout the course on models and e-folios 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

  • You will be required to apply detailing your previous education and experience?as well as a personal statement 
  • Those who are successful at this stage will be asked to provide written and pictorial evidence of a specified task 
  • You will then be invited to interview and audition for the course 
  • Due to the high level of interest we receive in this course we request that you read the entry requirements carefully and provide all the requested information at your application and audition stages 

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Make-up Artistry HND taught at Edinburgh College 

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Employment within a cosmetic company 
  • Employment with photographers 
  • Employment with modelling agencies 
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Make-up student Rebecca Kerr has had a year to remember having won two medals – gold and silver – at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national finals in Blackpool at only 17-years-old.  

And now top it off, Rebecca has collected the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at the College’s annual Prize Giving ceremony held at Granton Campus.


Rebecca decided to come to Edinburgh College to study something she has a real passion for and along the way she has been able to meeting amazing and inspiring people as well as take part in competitions including AHT and WorldSkills, and to do make-up with professionals already working in the industry. She said:  

“I would have to say my biggest achievement in college was going to the AHT hairdressing and beauty competitions in Blackpool, representing Edinburgh College and winning first place in the Fantasy Hair and Make-up and also silver in the Fantasy Make-up. It was such an amazing weekend and a brilliant opportunity to meet other students and professionals from the industry.”  

Read more of our student stories here


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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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Performing Arts

Edinburgh College is home to the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), one of the country's largest and most respected centres for training in the performing arts.  

We are delighted to have renowned actress Karen Gillan as our Patron.

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