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    When you hear Higher Certificate in Film and TV Make-up Design don’t think wedding or fashion make-up and beauty.

    The name says it all!

    Maybe you have a keen interest in following a career in make-up, and you like to watch online make-up tutorials on YouTube. Nothing wrong with that – but that just won’t cut it or come close to what you will learn in class when studying towards this programme.

    The Higher Certificate in Film and TV Make-up Design offers a very interesting curriculum that includes Entrepreneurship – for those wanting to start their own business, and Casualty Effects and Prosthetics, Body & Face Painting and Make-up in TV and Cinematography.

    We interviewed Prestige Academy’s Make-up lecturer, Stephanie Esterhuizen to find out more about this programme. Stephanie has industry experience and a BA (HONOURS) in MOTION PICTURE MEDIUM (NQF Level 8; SAQA ID 35935), with the focus on Production Design which involves creating the visual design for film and theatre. She has experience and a qualification in Fashion Design and has worked as a freelance make-up artist on film sets such as The Unforgiving (2008) Directed by Alastair Orr and various international and local commercials.

    Q: “You mention that you do not conform to the everyday makeup industry rules. How would you describe your lecturing style?”

    A: “We are not trend followers. We are the trendsetters. Makeup makes a statement and I guide my students towards making a difference in society.”

    Q: “You work at a fast pace in class. Any rules that students need to be aware of when studying this programme?”

    A: “Hygiene is very important. I believe in having the freedom to be as creative as you can and challenge yourself in what you create. I believe that you must have a passion for makeup and you must remember to have fun.”

    Q: “What are some of the craziest things you’ve seen in class?”

    A: “With every practical assignment there is an element of ‘crazy’. We break the perception and stereotypical thinking about make-up. You can see that with each practical session the unique personality of each student comes through in their work.

    I think that people stereotype Makeup as a whole, they think that it is only used to “beautify”  when that is certainly not the case.

    Students learn about the difference between using silicone versus latex the composition of the skin, marketing and branding in order to create job opportunities for themselves and learning the theory and history behind the make-up. Also, this programme is not gender specific. We have young men who also enrol for this programme.

    Q: “If you could describe this programme in one sentence, what would that be?”

    A: “What stands out about this programme is the word Design.

    You have to look at the definition of this word in order to understand the concept behind what we do. An inquisitive student who is willing to learn and be challenged and who wants to change the social standards will relate to the word “Design”. You must ask yourself important questions about whether or not you see a career in make-up design as a form of art or not.

    An artist can be boxed and the more you put into practice what you’ve learned in class, the more you will grow. The more you grow, the more your creative spark will come through and the more you will be aware of the fact that being in this industry is a lifelong learning experience.

    Doing Makeup as a Career choice is a tool to create magical characters, interesting applications to pose questions to societal standard but above most to have fun while doing so.

    So, are you feeling inspired? Check out some of Stephanie’s amazing makeup designs on her Instagram Account: mmdartistry_

    Register on or before 30 November 2019 and receive your make-up kit worth R7000 FREE!