The Diploma
Purpose: Launch into a professional career in makeup.
Required Time: Full Time – 5 Months (450 training hours).
Class Times: Monday – Friday (09:00 – 14:00).

A highly practical internationally aligned course in makeup, hairstyling and special effects; well suited to those looking to start a career in makeup artistry.

This business driven, full time diploma course includes an introduction to SFX Makeup**(special effects makeup) PLUS a hairstyling short course.

Training delivered by two trainers – get the one-to-one attention you need to master professional makeup techniques.
Graduated learners receive a Certificate of Completion and will leave with a full portfolio of work, a must when applying for work within the industry. Students will be required to complete 100 practical hours of work. With the option of writing for international diploma.

Join our SOMA Select Makeup Agency upon completing your studies or let us help you launch into your retail makeup career.

Module 1
  • Health and Safety
  • Skin science / Anatomy – Theory, analysis and preparation
  • Client Consultation
  • Business Etiquette
  • Business studies
  • Colour Theory basics – camouflage and corrective makeup
  • Colour Theory advanced – Colour wheel analysis, colour relationships and mixology
  • Basics of Photography
  • Cosmetic Science and chemistry
  • Facial feature Analysis – Bone structure and eye shapes
  • Social Media and Branding
Module 2
  • Foundation matching
  • Contouring and Highlighting
  • Beauty Basics – Neutral prime makeup looks
  • Red carpet glamour makeup
  • Makeup across all cultures – multiple skin tones
  • Makeup for all ages
  • Lashes and liner
  • Bridal makeup
  • Hairstyling
  • Male grooming
  • Makeup through the ages/ eras
  • Face chart art
Module 3
  • Advanced – Graphic detail techniques
  • High Fashion editorial makeup – Black and White
  • High Fashion editorial makeup – Colour
  • Theatre and Television makeup
  • Theatrical / Creative makeup
  • Creative conceptualization
  • Creative direction photo shoot
  • Dance/Ballet makeup
  • Pop culture Trends
  • Fashion / Makeup trend
  • Body painting
  • Drag Makeup
  • Airbrush makeup
  • Introduction to prosthetic makeup (cuts, bruises, burns and wounds)
  • Bald cap creation and Application
  • Crepe beard hair application
  • Creative character creation
  • Illusion
  • Unconventional Makeup techniques
Payment plan Option 1: FULL PAYMENT UPFRONT

Non- refundable registration fee (secure your spot) – R2750
SOMA Kit Fee (due in full before course starts) – R9500
Tuition Fee – R29150
Once off payment discount 5% – (-R1457.50)
Total – R39942.50
SFX Fee * (optional module, payable 2 months in) – R2500
Total including SFX module – R42442.50

Payment plan Option 2: 5 x Monthly installments

Non- refundable registration fee (secure your spot) – R2750
SOMA Kit Fee (due in full before course starts) – R9500
Tuition Fee – R29150
Total – R41400
5 x Monthly instalments – (R5830)
SFX Kit Fee (Optional module, payable 2 months in) – R2500
Total including SFX module – R43900


Optional ITEC, CIDESCO or SETA Examinations are available to all Full Time Diploma students.

ITEC and/or CIDESCO International Examinations:
All students completing the Full Time Makeup Artistry Diploma Course will leave with a SOMA Certificate of Completion.
Students have the option of completing the international CIDESCO Media makeup examination or the international ITEC fashion, Theatre, Special Effects and Media makeup examination.

CIDESCO is proud to be represented by the leading schools and colleges in the world, in over 40 countries across 5 continents which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications.

ITEC is a global specialist organisation providing qualifications internationally. ITEC offers centres and learners high quality regulated qualifications for employability, specialist subjects and skill enhancement.

ITEC and/or CIDESCO Examination Fees:

Please request a full breakdown of costing for the international ITEC or CIDESCO exams.

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