Make Up Artistry Level 5

Course Duration

This is a one year full time course running from September until May.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.
  • Entry is subject to interview.

On completion of this course, students will be certified by ITEC and QQI – Make-up Artistry, 5M5265.

Course Content

  • Fashion and Media Make-up, 5N4627
  • Postiche, 5N1375
  • Specialised Make-Up Effects, 5N4634
  • Period and Theatrical Make-Up, 5N4632
  • Skincare, Eye Treatments and Make-Up, 5N3466
  • Communications, 5N0690
  • Work Experience, 5N1356

In addition to QQI modules, students are prepared for the following ITEC diplomas:

  • Advanced Make-Up Artistry
  • Skincare and Eye -care
  • Make -Up


Applicants are asked to pay a non-refundable €50 Administration/Application fee on submission of their Application Form. Once you have applied you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. ITEC fees will cost €116. Books, uniform and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. There is also a €50 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.

Detailed Course Outline


Good knowledge of the skin is vital for any beauty therapist. It is the foundation for all that we try to achieve in our treatments, so for this reason, extensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the skin and all related pathologies is essential. This module enables the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence required to prepare for and provide skin care, eye treatments and make-up. This encompasses learning about all aspects of facial treatments including anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, detailed skin analysis, skin pathologies, types of make-up, cosmetic science and health and safety. The learner will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide skincare, eye treatments and make-up.



In this Module, students will learn a wide variety of specialised make-up techniques which include Prosthetics creation, bald cap creation and wound and bruise creation. There are many different ways to create a specific effect for film, television or theatre work so students are trained in a variety of techniques suitable for all mediums. On completion of this module, students will have gained training and experience in the creation of silicone, Gelatin and Latex prosthetics. They will also learn all of the skills required to create and apply bald caps. The students will complete the following effects which will be presented in their portfolio. Cuts, scars, puncture wounds, branding, burns, skin diseases/disorders, stitched wounds, bullet wounds or stab wounds and bruising. This module allows the learners to access their creative potential and have lots of fun in the process!



This module covers different Period make-up looks and different historical eras, from the middle ages through the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will gain the knowledge and skills which allow them to choose the right look for specific periods and how to adapt fashion make-up to period styles. A sound knowledge of period hair and make-up is invaluable for various different areas of the industry especially period dramas and theatre. In this module students will build a vast resource file of reference pictures and recreate numerous period looks for their portfolio collection. The use and application of crepe hair for different styles of beards, moustaches and other facial hair is also included in this module.



Fashion and Media make-up is influenced by all aspects of fashion, such as trends within fashion, clothing, art movements, socioeconomic factors, politics, Film and popular culture.  Fashion and Media make-up moves in cycles and trends which takes you on a journey and is about completing an illusion. This module focuses on enabling the learner to understand the principles of make-up artistry and makeup design with regard to the fashion and media industries. Make-up artistry students here at Westport College of Further Education are trained in the correct use of the relevant make-up products, specialised products and tools required to apply make-up for a male, female or child actor and are also given the experience of applying various different styles.



The Postiche module includes the creating, mending and application of wigs. A skin coloured lace is used so that real hair or animal hair can be knotted into it using specific tools and techniques. On completion of this module, students will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to create and dress a full wig, beards and moustaches. This is a highly skilled, specialist technique which is used for close-up high definition television and Film work.


Communications 5N0690

Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:

Analysis of a range of current issues in communications and information technology.
Summarise in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and/or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation.
Use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.
Demonstrate verbal skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making a case and presenting a point of view in group discussion, formal meetings, interviews.
Demonstrate listening skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making eye contact, receiving and interpreting information, control of personal response.
Research a relevant vocational topic, to include use of primary and secondary sources, acknowledgement of sources, use of enquiry techniques and methods to establish validity and reliability
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

Work Experience 5N1356

Students studying Work Experience Level 5 will do the following:

Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work-related issues and needs.
Summarise the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in a particular work, organisational or institutional context, to include health, safety and welfare at work, equality legislation, union representation and regulations relating to pay.
Present relevant work experience material, to include a Curriculum Vitae or personal statement, letter of application, evidence of job-finding skills, skills checklist, statement of learning goals, contractual arrangements.
Participate effectively in a work experience placement for a minimum of 60 hours to gain experience/insight into their chosen vocational area.
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 60%, Skills Demonstration – 40%

Career Opportunities

  • Film Fashion
  • T.V.
  • Bridal Theatre
  • Product Development

Student Testimonial


Make Up Artistry Level 5 has turned out to be so much more than just a makeup course.  With special effects, skincare in detail, postiche, the job opportunities when finishing this course are endless.  I started it to be a freelance make-up artist and now I want to do theatre or work on film and tv.  Highly recommend this course, I am loving it so far.


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