Diploma in Professional Make-Up

Title of Course

Diploma in Professional Make-Up


Diploma in Professional Make-Up is a course that aims to train students to be a professional make-up artist. With the necessary practical and theoretical skills being covered in the course, students will be able to use their talent and creativity in their makeup creations for that complete looks.

Students will be taught from fundamentals to all the expectations required of a professional or successful make-up artist.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the common skin types/characteristics, skin conditions and do skin analysis for make-up
  • Demonstrate various make-up techniques
  • Explain the effect of lighting on make-up
  • Demonstrate skills related to bridal floristry
  • Explain and demonstrate the application of make-up in different periods or eras (e.g. 60s, 70s and 80s)
  • Explain and demonstrate the special effects of make-up
  • Explain and demonstrate the correct use of hairstyling products and tools
  • Appreciate the work and life of a make-up artist

Course Structure

Course Outline

The programme consists of 9 modules:

1) The Skin and Skin Analysis
2) Make-up Fundamentals
3) The Effect of Lighting on Make-up
4) Bridal Floristry
5) Period Make-up Looks
6) Special Effects Make-up
7) Hairstyling
8) The Life and Work of a Make-up Artist
9) Project Work (Guided)


Module Synopsis

The Skin and Skin Analysis

The aim of this module is to equip students with the fundamental understanding of the human skin in preparation for make-up. This includes understanding of the skin types or characteristics and skin conditions.

This module serves as the introductory module where the standard of professionalism in the make-up industry will also be discussed.


Make-up Fundamentals

The module aims to enable students to understand the fundamentals of make-up for them to produce suitable/appropriate finished results of the clients’ needs.

Students will be equipped with the knowledge of recognising shapes of the face, eyes, nose, lips etc and techniques of how to conceal flaws on the skin.


The Effect of Lighting on Make-up

This module aims to enable students to analyze the effects of lighting on make-up. Lighting is very important when applying make-up. For precision and accuracy, students need to understand the classification of lighting i.e. natural light (pure daylight) and artificial lights and how lighting comes into play in creating a professional outlook.


Bridal Floristry

This module aims to expose students to bridal floristry in relation to their work as a professional make-up artist. With knowledge and skills on bridal floristry, students will have the ability to suggest ideas to their clients regarding the types of flowers to use, the shape and size of the wedding bouquet, the wedding dress, the wedding theme and ultimately, to complement the make-up.


Period Make-up

The aim of this module is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of how to create an authentic period make-up especially those of the 60s, 70s and 80s era.

Period looks are a common request among clients. Therefore, the knowledge and skills of being able to make someone look or feel like they are from a completely different era is desirable.


Special Effects Make-up

The aim of this module is to train students on popular stage make-up looks and special effects make-up techniques.

Students will learn the techniques of creating special effects such as creating injury effects, creating cuts/bruises/scars/perspiration effects, creating burns/bullet holes/wrinkled skin effects and transforming features using modelling/wax/putty.



This module aims to expose students to hairstyling in relation to their work as a professional make-up artist. With knowledge and skills on hairstyling, students will have the ability to suggest ideas to their clients regarding their hairstyle or hairdo with the ultimate aim of complementing their make-up.

Some of the skills to be acquired include core hairstyling skills that involve blowing, creating curls, straight styles, French twist, French roll, back roll etc. Student will also learn how to work with hot tools.


The Life and Work of a Make-up Artist

This module aims to enable students to understand and appreciate the life and work of a professional make-up artist which require them to be spontaneous, inventive and creative. Having a great attitude and a pleasant outgoing personality are also some of the essentials in the business.


Project Work (Guided)

Students will work towards the production of a professional student portfolio that would include the following items:

• Research materials
• Sketches
• Photographs of before and final works
• Reflection
• 2 bridal looks
• 2 fashion looks
• 2 characters with special effects
• 1 fantasy look

Scope of Study

Theories and practical

Delivery Mode

The module will consist of lectures, demonstration, role play, class exercises, workshops and other appropriate learning methodologies to equip and develop student’s learning.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Course Duration

The course duration is 6 months (full-time)

Class Period

Monday to Friday

3 contact hours per session, 5 sessions per week

15 contact hours per week

Course Fees

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  • Class test
  • Presentation / Demonstration
  • Assignment work
  • Final Examination

Assessment Methods

Assessment Allocation
Participation 10%
Mid-module assessment 40%
Final Exam 50%
Total Marks 100%

Assessment Grading Criteria


A+:   80 marks and above

A:    70 – 79 marks (Pass)

B+:    65 – 69 marks (Pass)

B:    60 – 64 marks (Pass)

C+:  55 – 59 marks (Pass)

C:  50 – 54 marks (Pass)

D+:  45 – 49 marks (Pass)

D:  40 – 44 marks (Pass)

F:    0 – 39 marks (Fail)

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Within 3 months from the date of Final examination

Qualification Award

Diploma in Professional Make-up awarded by Coleman College

Graduation Requirements

Pass all required assessments and assignments

Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40 for Tutorials, 1:64 for Lectures
Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Progression Pathway

Graduate who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme/course offered by other institutions. Admission is subjected to these institutions’ entry requirements at the point of application.

Entry Requirements

Age: At least 16 years old
Academic: At least 3 subjects pass with Grade C6 and above at GCE O Level OR
Completed at least 11 years of formal education OR equivalent
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or a pass in GCE ‘O’ level English or equivalent

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