The Specialist Makeup Diploma Course

Code: MU07
20 Days IMA Fashion/Photographic/Media & Special Effects Make-up Diploma (+) Hair Styling Diploma Course.

This is a Bridging course to help students get the IMA Diploma (MU08) in Stages. 

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The Specialist Make-up Diploma Course
Code: MU07

This is a Bridging IMA Course

6 Week IMA Fashion/Photographic/Media & Special Effects Make-up Diploma (+) Hair Styling Diploma Course.

The ultimate course for those who are serious about a career in high-fashion and Media Make-up Artistry.
You will spend six weeks in the company of top working Make-up Artists/Teachers who will demonstrate techniques for creating the latest looks in high-fashion, photographic and Media make-up.
You’ll also be guided by the teachers in a professional workshop environment as you create your own looks.
These skills come into practice in a professional photo shoot experience using Models, a Hairstylist and a leading fashion Photographer.
These pictures will build your all-important portfolio.

This is a Bridging course to help students get the IMA Diploma (MU08) in Stages. 

The course covers:

1 - Creative & Fashion Make-up:

  • Fashion product research and awareness.
  • Brushes and tools knowledge.
  • Market and business awareness for the Fashion industry.
  • How to set career goals and market your services.
  • Portfolio building knowledge and skills.
  • Facecharts.
  • Catwalk make-up and backstage etiquette.
  • Editorial & Photographic Make-up.
  • 1960s vintage Twiggy make-up.
  • 50s vintage make-up : Marylin Monroe’s iconic look.
  • 20s vintage Make-up.
  • Eyebrow concealing/blocking.
  • Graphic eyeliner.
  • The effect of lighting on make-up.
  • Monochromatic make-up.
  • Holographic make-up.
  • Stencils
  • Color Photographic photo-shoot.

3 - Special Effects Make-up:

  • Health & Safety for Special Effects.
  • SFX product knowledge.
  • Usin latex, silicone, adhesives and gelatin.
  • Realistic colour choice and texture effects.
  • Keeping accurate processes of injuries/characters.
  • Casualty make-up: bullet wound, open bleeding wound.
  • Old age make-up.
  • Hair effects: False beards & moustaches / stubble.
  • Cuts, bruises and scarring.
  • Burns to third degree.
  • Spots / Blemish.
  • Pigmented Mole with hair.
  • Severed Finger.
  • Cold Sore /Scab.
  • Sweat and Sunburn.
  • Slit wrists and slit throat.
  • Character make-up with body work.

2 - Theatrical and Media Make-up:

  • Health & Safety
  • Product knowledge
  • Airbrush Make-up: Airbrush product types, equipment and tools
  • Airbrush Make-up: How to use, clean and look after an airbrush machine
  • Airbrush Troubleshooting.
  • Airbrush Make-up: PSI (understanding air pressure) and air pressure exercises. 
  • Airbrush colour mixing and adjustments.
  • Application of foundation, concealer, blusher/contour and eye make-up using an airbrush machine
  • Airbrush body art and layering.
  • Working with stencils and body art prints
  • Cleaning airbrush guns.
  • Body Painting
  • Geisha Stage face painting Makeup
  • Kabuki Stage face painting Makeup
  • Social Media & Marketing class: how to establish successful social media platforms for make-up artists.
  • Black & White photoshoot

4 - Hair Styling:

  • Hygiene and Safety.
  • Basic Hair Chemistry.
  • Hair tools, equipment and accessories.
  • Hair styling product knowledge.
  • Plaits – Three Strand, French and Fish Tail.
  • Blow Drying.
  • Hair Straightening.
  • Create root lift and curl.
  • Roller set.
  • Pin curl and Rag sets
  • Tonging / electrical curling
  • Setting hair.
  • Hair finishing and texturizing
  • The Perfect Pony Tail.
  • Twisting and pinning hair.
  • Preparation for putting hair up.
  • Dressing long hair – Chignon, Classic bun.
  • Back combing/brushing.
  • Beehive hair style.
  • Bridal updo.
  • Types of hair pins and correct use
  • Hair Assessment
  • After an IMA course, you will be required to complete a portfolio/file and sit an examination which you must pass at 80% to gain your qualifications. An external examiner will come from London to evaluate the students in practical and theory tests. 
  • The exam date may be at the end of the course or at a later date depending on the availability of examiners. Therefore students must check with the college before booking to find out the date of exam.

The International Make-up Association

  Dates & Timings:


20 Days – Full Time Course.
Monday To: Friday (9:30 Am – 05 PM)

  1. Start: (22 January 2024),  End: (16 February 2024)
  2. Start: (04 March 2024),  End: (29  March 2024)
  3. Start: (30 April 2024),  End: (27 May 2024)
  4. Start: (09 July 2024),  End: (02 August 2024)


The following items are required and supplied by the college and included in the total course cost:

  • All Products are supplied by College.
  • Registration with IMA.
  • IMA Fashion/Photographic/Media Book (Green).
  • IMA Course Notes Book.
  • IMA Examination.
  • Portfolio Building (2 Photo-shoots with Professional Models).

Total Course Cost: AED 16,000

Note 1: If  students fail their exam, the IMA Examination retake fee is AED525.
Note 2: If students request a date re-schedule for the exam, the retake fees will be AED1,575

(*) Excluding Taxes






  1- IMA Fashion, Photographic and Media Make-up Diploma.

  2- IMA Diploma in Dressing Hair. 

Accredited by: KHDA

Dubai, United Arab Emirates



  • This is a Bridge course to help students get the IMA Diploma (MU08) in Stages.
  • Once you have completed the IMA foundation makeup courses (MU02) you will be ready and eligible to progress to this advanced level.
  • Casual dress code.
  • A good Level of English is required.
  • You are only required to bring your own set of professional make-up brushes and In-Class Tool Kit.
  • You will practice with a class-mate therefore you must be willing to have make-up applied on you as well as applying it to others.
  • Photographic evidence of make-up will be required for all students.
  • The minimum age for entry to this course is 18 years – no exceptions.
  • There is no upper age limit.





All the Make-up are supplied by College

At LCM we only use the best of products and equipment in the industry to provide you with the finest learning experience. A vast range of top make-up brands are supplied for class use.

Student Discounts

  1. MAC Pro Card: Once you finish your make-up course and receive your qualification, you will be eligible to apply for a MAC Pro Card which offers a 40% discount.
  2. Kryolan Discount Card: Once you finish your make-up course, you will get a customized Kryolan Discount Card which offers a 20% discount on all the SFX Make-up products.
  3. Pro Hygiene: 20% discount on purchase during the class seminar.
  4. Kitmate: 20% discount on online purchase by using discount code.

College Location & Facilities

  • Our college is located in the heart of Dubai Knowledge Park. It is an educational free trade zone campus that provides facilities for training and learning institutions.
  • It is easily accessible by Metro (10 minutes’ walk )
  • It is easily accessible by Tram ( 3 minutes’ walk )
  • It is easily accessible by Bus ( 1 minute walk )
  • Valet Parking services & Street Parking are also available. 

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Portfolio Building (2 Professional Photo-shoots)

During the course you will have one Studio Color photo-shoot and one Monochrome photo-shoot with Professional Models. Teaching the high standards of working professionally in a studio environment.


Career Opportunities

  1. The College is collaborating with M.H. Alshaya Co., one of leading retail franchise operators in the Middle East, to provide work opportunities for graduates of our College. On completion of their course with the College, graduates will be able to apply for a full-time role with one of top health & beauty brands Like MAC cosmetic & more.
  2. Our Alumni (Former Students) will be offered work experience when available through our close connections with the fashion and beauty industry.
    We help them build their portfolios and confidence to get a head start in the competitive industry.
  3. Internships for Top graduates with London College of Make-up.

Our Qualifications are truly international

We provide an industry benchmark for make-up artists and those who want to employ make-up artists.
Most fashion make-up houses who employ pro staff would require a recognized independent qualifications to show that the employee has the standard level of understanding in hygiene, application and client care.

How To Register Your Course

Read about our courses and check the Requirements, Times & Dates, Qualifications and the Price from this website, and follow the
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Note: The college takes bookings on a first-come first-serve basis and seats are only booked once a payment is made.


Call For Inquiry

+971 4 454 7 686


Fill out the E-form and submit it online. 


To complete your booking please pay a 50% deposit of course fees, Payment can be made by any of the following:

  • Online Payment Link by: Visa or MasterCard (Debit/Credit) cards
  • Bank transfer / Account deposit.
  • ATM cash deposit.
  • Cheque payable to: “London College of Make-up FZ-LLC”.
  • Cash payment – at the college.


Approval & Confirmation:
Once your application has been approved and we received your payment, we will reply to you with a confirmation of your booking.


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