Next 4 Month Hair & Makeup course 2nd January 2019

Next Day Taster course Saturday 6th October 10am-4pm

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Why join our intensive 4 month Hair & Makeup course

Our next 4 month Hair & Makeup course was designed by our Principal , Christine Blundell, an Oscar & BAFTA winning Makeup designer.  Christine has made sure that your course Tutors are leading UK TV , Film & Theatre Makeup Artists and Designers, who are all actively working in the industry.  In addition, CB*MA only runs one Hair & Makeup course at any one time, with the maximum class size of 14 students, with each student receiving much needed care and attention from the course Tutor and the school.  After completion of their course, every CB*MA graduate is offered guaranteed onset experience on one of Christine’s latest projects.

What you will learn

The course will give you all the makeup and hairdressing skills you need to become a Makeup trainee, enabling you to pursue a career in TV, Film & Theatre industries.  No previous makeup and hairdressing experience is necessary, although some hairdressing skills can often give you an advantage at the beginning.  Please see below a list of Makeup and Hair modules you will be taught during the 16 weeks of the course, from Basic and Fashion make up, through Theatre and Wigs, Casualty and Prosthetics and many, many more.

How do I apply

To apply, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.  Should you wish to visit us beforehand, please click on Studio Tour button above to arrange your visit or alternatively email us on or give us a call on 020 7485 4000.  In order to have a successful application, you must be at least 18 years old, with good command of English and a recognised student / UK viza, in case you come from a country that requires you to have one.

Included in the price is a professional kit as well as access to our stock of leading brand products such as MAC, Chanel and Illamasqua. All materials at the school are at your disposal, remember: this will be your home for the duration of the course.

Following a successful interview, a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 is required to secure your place. The remaining balance of £10,780 (incl. VAT) of the course fee must be settled at least 5 weeks before the course commencement date.

The full cost of the course is £12280 this includes the deposit of £1500 that you pay to secure your place.

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Help with paying for your course

The majority of students wishing to study hair and makeup will be searching for financial assistance. There are many potential possibilities:

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.
You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
Please note – Professional and Career Development loan will only be available until Friday 25th January 2019 (last day to apply is 25th January 2019).  Students must then start their course by 24 March 2019.
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This is an interesting site that may help you with regards to grants. It will at the very least inspire you to continue expand the net to help get finance for the makeup course you wish to do.
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4 Month Hair & Makeup Course modules

Understanding Media Makeup
Understanding Makeup Course Module
Fashion Incorporating darker skin tones
Darker skin tones course module - CBMA Short Courses
Period, Facial Contouring & Older skin Makeup
Period Makeup Course Module CBMA London
Basic hair cutting
Basic Hair Short Course Module CBMA
Understanding Wig Dressing
Understanding Wigs Complete Course - London CBMA
Period Wig Styling
Wig course module CBMA London
The complete 4 Month course
Complete Makeup Course London - CBMA


Work Experience

Every CBMA student is offered film experience on Christine Blundell’s latest projects. She only employs her graduates from trainees to Juniors and many makeup artists.

Some of Christine’s films where our graduates have worked in the past include:

  • Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh
  • Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie
  • The Good Liar , directed by Bill Condon
  • Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins
  • Paddington 2, directed by Paul King
  • King Arthur Knights of the Round Table, directed by Guy Ritchie
  • Legend – starring Tom Hardy

CBMA is the only makeup academy to offer genuine work experience on major film projects.

If you wish to join our 4 Month Hair and Makeup Course starting on 2nd January 2019 please fill in the Application Form opposite

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The amount I learnt in the course was unbelievable.

All the teachers were so passionate about their work and seeing them do what they love in the demonstrations every morning was such a great experience. They had so much to offer to us – They really wanted to help.

Going to CB*MA has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

Grayson Galway
Grayson Galway
To be a makeup artist on a movie set was always my dream.

I learned more skills in 5 months than I ever imagine, my personality grew immensely, I learned that it’s not just about makeup it is so much more.

I worked… on set of Disney’s Cinderella, where I started as a trainee and finished as a junior makeup artist second unit.

Nadine Sennhauser
Nadine Sennhauser
Petar and the girls at CBMA were also extremely supportive in those early days.

I was given the chance to tour Europe with Bill Kenwright Ltd’s Evita. I have had the privilege of working for the English National Opera and at The National Theatre, and just recently on Mama Mia.

If you think optimistically about your future and you work hard at finding work then you will make progress!

Polly Avison
Polly Avison

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