My Cart


// 10 week // IMA Diploma Beauty, Fashion & Media Makeup + Hair (includes Photo shoot)

Course fee | £4550 Deposit | £910 Type | Full Time Course Time | 10 Weeks

Our IMA Photographic and Media Make-up Diploma course is designed for those who are seriously considering a career in the high fashion media make-up industry.

This course includes all of the elements offered in our other courses within one course. If you are looking for an intensive all-encompassing make-up course, then this is the ultimate course for you.

This course is perfect for those who wish are looking for a degree alternative and to access the industry quickly.

It takes you from the beginner’s Foundation level through to Creative skills (with no previous experience required) and onwards to media, film and theatrical make-up. All of our make-up courses are designed to give the student as much time applying make-up and hands-on experience as possible.

There is no need to undertake a separate foundation module prior to starting this 10 week course as it includes within the first two weeks all the basic elements required.

Over the following weeks students will spend each day under the instruction of top specialist make-up artists who will be handing over all the latest techniques and looks in various aspects of high fashion, photographic and media make-up.

The creative curriculum covers; high fashion/editorial, photographic and catwalk looks, followed by TV, film, black & white, fantasy, body painting, airbrushing, theatrical, period styles, burlesque/vintage, modern Asian bridal, special effects such as false beards & moustaches, ageing, cuts, bruises and scarring.

You will also have five days in dressing hair with a hair session stylist for up-styles, bridal, events, occasions and shoots including blow-drying techniques and platting.

During this all-encompassing course you will take part in both a colour and monochrome photographic shoot on an agency model and shot by our professional fashion photographer Garazi to help start off your portfolio.

You will need to take photographic evidence of your work daily, therefore you will need a good camera on your smart phone, or a digital camera.

*All premium branded and professional products are supplied in the studio for your course. We use brands such as MAC, Chanel, Dior, NARS, Charlotte Tilbury and more. All equipment, hygiene and brushes are provided for you.

**This is the ONLY course we provide active work experience as part of your training with us. 

Included in the course cost, you also will have the opportunity to attend a professional photo shoot with top photographer Garazi and agency signed models. Your lecturers will guide you with advice to develop an industry worthy Mood Board and will have the opportunity to showcase your skills, enabling you to start building a portfolio ready for freelance work.  This year, we will also be inviting artists from this course to exhibit their work at a prestigious event in Birmingham hosted by the School, boosting your professional opportunities even more!

Upon finalising your course you will receive the prestigious IMA Diploma. 


Additional Information

You will be invoiced the remaining balance of £1,880 14 days prior to your course start date.

The school will provide the products and airbrushing equipment. It is your responsibility to provide your own brushes and sponges and brush cleaner. A student starter pack is also available to purchase at the school.

Interest-free payment options are available. To check your availability, without affecting your credit rating please contact 

Find our more about our Covid-19 policy here. This is updated intermittently in-line government advice.  

Please ensure that you read the Terms & Conditions and complete the booking form prior to paying your deposit.

For International Students or Students attending from other areas of the UK, The Central School of Make-up is located in the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter. Read more about where we are here and discover affordable local accommodation. 

Course dates and Timetable
Day of week Times Start Finish

Monday - Friday

 Monday - Friday 


10.00am - 4.30pm

 10.00am - 4.30pm








Tools of the trade & product knowledge

Cleansing procedures

Hygiene and safety

Skin analysis, face shapes and skin tones.

Colour-correcting and concealing

Warming and cooling colours (the colour wheel)

Correct application and choice of foundation

Contouring & Highlighting

Achieving perfect lips

Day make-up techniques

Evening make-up techniques

Creative Level

Airbrushing (Including Tattoo Covering, Brows, Skin and Creative Airbrush)

High Fashion Make-up

Photographic Make-up

Instagram Macro Artistry

Mens Grooming

Monochrome Make-Up

Cut Crease 

Creative Smokey Eye

Graphic Eye


Photographic & Media

Show girl/Drag

Concept makeup


Body painting/Face painting


Smokey eyes

Vintage make-up

Bridal make-up

Application and blending of eye make-up

Application of eyeliners (liquid, cake, crayon and kohl)

Eyebrow shaping

The application of false eyelashes both individual & strip

Client consultation techniques

Building your make-up kit

Freelance business advice















Runway Skin

Adornments:  Foils, Jewels, Glitter

Body Paint

Creative Face Painting

Freelance Business advice // Work Experience

60's - 90's Make-up

Professional Photoshoot with top Fashion Photographer Garazi to kick start your portfolio.

Monochrome photo


Period makeup (1920’s, Renaissance, Victorian, Elizabethan)

Different region period makeup (Geisha, Kabuki, Egyptian)

Special Effects (cuts, bruising, moustache, beard application, bleeding etc.)


Hygiene and Safety

Structure of the hair

Use of equipment

Product training

Plaits – Three Strand and Fish Tail (Catwalk looks)


Basic Blow

Drying techniques

Advanced Blow Drying to create root lift and curl

Roller set and Root movement theory

Pin and Rag curl sets


Pony Tails

Tonging / electrical curling, and different methods

Finishing of hair plus texturing

Twisting and pinning hair


Dressing of long hair – Chignon, French Pleat, Classic bun

Back combing/brushing

Correct use of hair pins

Finger Waves (Vintage techniques)

Victory Rolls




Bridal Freelance


Photographic Makeover Studios

Beauty salons

Hair Salons

Cosmetics companies, such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Lancôme or Chanel





Cosmetic companies ‘Pro-teams’




Guest Artists

IMA Assessment Book

Colour Flash Pallet (worth £90)

Adornment Pallet

All equipment and products (not including Pro Brushes)



PPE Pack including a visor and disposables

Brush Set (painting brushes for glitters and paints)

Colour Wheel 

Stainless Steel Pallet & Spatula

ISOCLEAN Brush Cleaner 

These are available to purchase from our store as a starter pack or individually in our shop


Continue to Booking form


Add your email below to receive access to a full Masterclass from inside the school