My Experience at The Academy of Make-up

Posted on August 13 2015

I have always loved makeup since I was a nipper. I originally studied HND Beauty Therapy at college, then pursued an HND in Makeup Artistry, however this course failed to live up to my expectations. I worked in administration for many years, boredom set in and with time passing by fast I decided it was now or never! I had to stop chasing the dream and instead live the dream.  

I researched courses available and came across The Academy of Make-up. I attended an Open Day, where I got to meet the team (who are all lovely jubbly), tried out some make-up, had a chat about course options and payment options. The Tutors were also on hand demonstrating live makeup looks and it was such a laid back atmosphere - I instantly knew this was the place for me.

The Academy offers a variety of courses which work around your lifestyle. I decided the Complete Pro Hair & Makeup was the course for me as it allowed me to build on my existing creative skills.
I feel being a Make-up Artist isn’t just about the make-up, it’s about incorporating the hair with the overall look, so possessing these skills (although not essential) is a great thing to have. Time really does fly when you love what you are doing and I can honestly say that I learned so much in those 5 weeks than I ever would and met some great people along the way.

Course content:
Bridal Makeup
Advanced Bridal
Black Skin Master class
Intro to TV/Film
Intro to Theatre
Male Grooming
Intro to Hair
Bridal Hair
Vintage Make-up
Fashion Creative
Backstage Make-up
Body Painting
With the course ending on a professional Photoshoot Day.
Examples of a typical day at the academy and some goodies I received from L’Oreal Seminar that the Academy ran.
I also received a professional brush set, used a range of products provided by academy and on completion of course had access to the aftercare program.

The experience the tutors have and bring to the class is of an exceptional standard. They are not only tutors but are industry experts still working in their field. They have many contacts and as part of the course they offer guidance and support on how to become a success in this industry.

The academy team are all friendly and approachable. They are all there to help.

What sets this course apart from others is the aftercare the Academy offer is that for 6 months after completing the course they are still on hand to support each student in gaining valuable work experience within the industry. If you have a concern or are feeling like you don’t know what direction you are going in or simply want to chat, they are at the other end of the phone. They often have seminars throughout the year which are free for graduates to attend and I found them all really inspiring.

Through the aftercare program I have taken part in various shoots, fashion shows, short film, campaigns, charity events and also assisted The Academy of Make-up Director, Sara Hill, for Hope St magazine - the list goes on!

Since completing the course I continue to receive support from the academy team and they are fab at maintaining contact. I have worked for various companies including BBC, MTV, The Trash Rack, Paulin Watches, Comic Relief, Wonky Woolies and Mallzee.

The academy has turned a dream in to a reality. I feel proud to say I have made many friends and I am part of the academy family.
Kay Felvus graduated from our Complete Pro Hair and Make-up Course in 2014 and has went on to become an extremely well known make-up artist, here as some of her recent images:
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