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Frequently Asked Questions

Payment & Financial Aid

What are the Payment Options?

We accept Paypal, Cash, Bank Draft, all major credit cards, Visa, MasterCard and cheque with a cheque card for course deposit payments. 

Course installment payments can be paid by standing order on credit/debit card through our Realex online services systems. 


Can I pay in instalments?

LA College of Creative Arts have various payment options available to you to pay for our courses.

For more information on our instalment process email or call us on +35316751999

How do I apply for financial aid?

LA College of Creative Arts has teamed up with a number of financial institutions such as Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and the Credit Unions to provide students with the best rates in student loans.

Can I get funding?

The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG)
Each application is considered individually by The Employment Services Office and must be relevant to your Action Plan

You will need to:

  1. Visit your local Employment Services Office and speak to your Placement Officer
  2. Explain to your Placement Officer that you would like to attend this course to develop an Action Plan for your return to work
  3. If one of our courses is essential to helping you find employment, your local Employment Services Office may fund the training up to €500.


For further information on funding or grants, contact your local citizen advise bureau or local unemployment office."

Career Prospects

Can I get a job when I finish the course?

You have chosen one of the most challenging fields to gain employment! During your course you will have the opportunity to participate in live professional photo shoots, in-house and on location, enabling you to gain that essential portfolio for future employment. Photo-shoots give students the opportunity to network with upcoming models, leading photographers and stylists within the industry. LA College of Creative Arts offers students the opportunity to partake in a career placement programme, whereby they get the opportunity to network with up and coming models, leading photographers and stylists. Past experiences include; fashion shows; photo-calls; theatre work; TV ads; magazine shoots; music videos; short films; event based work and client based work. Clients include; Vodafone; Drury Communication; Britians Next Top Model; Sky One's Got To Dance; Samsung; Hotpress; TV Now; RTE Guide; Confetti; TV3; RTE and TG4.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in our 'Start Your Own Business Course'. Students will be taught not only about accounts, tax, customer service, branding and key contacts in the industry but also how to build your own website on a budget! LA College of Creative Arts offers an open door policy to all past students whereby you can sit in on any class that you would like to brush up your skills on, free of charge. This ensures that you are aware of the latest techniques and products in the industry.

Students undertaking the following courses also have the opportunity to apply for our mentorship and internship programme:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Styling
  • Module 3
  • One Year Make-Up Specialist Course
  • 3 Year Creative Programme

What jobs can I pursue?

It depends what particular course you undertake during your studies at LA College of Creative Arts. Please see below the different job options one can pursue within the fashion and make-up industry:

Fashion Design:
Fashion graduates go into many different areas of the fashion industry such as designing 'in-house', or as free-lance consultants. Fashion designers may go into design management, journalism, fashion teaching, fashion styling, forecasting or merchandising. Other career paths include, film, theatre and television design, retail management and retail buying.

Fashion Styling:
Fashion Show Styling and Direction, Editorial Styling, Fashion Writing / Journalism, Advertising / Commercial Styling, Television Presenting & Fashion Contributor, Event Presenter, Creative Direction, Brand Manager, Brand Consultant

Make-Up Artistry:
Make-Up Artist, Editorial Make-Up Artist, Music Video Artist, Theatre Make-Up Artist, TV & Film Make-Up Artist, Body Paint Artist, Prosthetic Artist, Wigs & Facial Hair Artist, Drag Queen Make-Up Artist, Eye Treatment Specialist tinting and threading, Bridal & Fashion Hair Stylist, Retails Customer Service Representative, Creative Director, Tattoo artist"

Course Durations

Are the courses full time or part time?

Our courses run on a full and part-time basis. Daytime courses run between the hours of 9.30am - 3pm and most evening classes take place from 6.30-9.00pm. We also offer weekend classes on Saturday’s from 10.30am-4pm.

The duration of courses range from one day workshops to our three year degree programs.

The College

Where is the college located?

LA College of Creative Arts Dublin is located on the first floor at 4/5 Chatham Street. We are located directly opposite the Great Outdoor Shops which is approximately 20 yards from Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green end.

LA College of Creative Arts London is located in Holborn and LA College of Creative Arts Los Angeles is located in Burbank, California.

Can I visit the college?

Absolutely! We encourage students to visit the academy and meet with the lecturers. We also run regular open days which are aimed at giving you a taste of where a career in the fashion, beauty or make-up artistry industry can take you. To book your place on next Open Day, simply click here. 

Due to the high demand of our Open Day events early booking is advised.

You can also call us on +35316751999 to arrange an appointment.

Is there a uniform or dress code?

1 Year HNC Students & Year 2 HND Students are asked to wear LA long sleeve black tops, black bottoms and black shoes.

For all other classes, there is no uniform, however we do recommend comfortable clothes and shoes e.g. jeans or black trousers. Please note that no trainers or tracksuits are allowed.

LA T-shirts & Hoodies are also available on sale from reception.

International Students

Do LA College of Creative Arts accept International Students?

Yes we accept students from all over the world. For more information visit our International Student section here.

Can you advise me on accommodation options?

We can recommend local student accommodation facilities as well as putting you in touch with other students attending the course who are also moving to Dublin, London and Los Angeles to pursue their studies with the college.

For more information please contact our accommodation officer at or call +353 1 675 1999.

Applying for a course

What do I need for the course?

You will find any course materials or equipment needed are listed in each individual course outline. For further details, call us on +353 1 6751999

What qualification will I get?

LA College of Creative Arts Courses are accredited by internationally recognised awarding bodies such as- ITEC, SQA, BABTECCIBTAC, and City and Guilds. International accreditations will be awarded upon completion of the specific course, payment of the relevant exam fees and meeting the examination boards standard. All courses offered are also LA College of Creative Arts Certified, which is included in your exam fee and awarded upon completion of your course. 

What does the application process entail?

All courses start at beginners level (excluding 4 Day Advance, Advance SFX Course and 5 Day Ultimate Pro course), therefore there is no experience needed for the courses. There is an interview application for the following courses: Intro to Fashion Design, 2 Year Fashion: Design & Production in Retail, 1 Year Make-Up Specialist Course and 3 Year Creative programme

How is the course assessed?

Each course is assessed daily. Assessments are made on the overall progress of the student from their ability to apply themselves to the subject, to support and conduct positive professional attitude towards customer service and client care and their ability to maintain high standards of hygiene from their technique to their working station. Each qualification include assessments throughout the course from weekly to monthly assessments and continous assessments throughout the course.

What is expected from me as a student?

An attendance rate of 90% is expected from each student in order for students to graduate from the course and sit their exams. Qualities that we expect from our students include: a strong work ethic, positive professional attitude, to apply and commit to each course subject and most importantly to do it with passion.

I am doing my leaving certificate, what do I need to apply for the course?

All courses start at beginners level (excluding 4 Day Advance, Advance Sfx Course and 5 Day Ultimate Pro course), therefore there is no experience needed for the courses. There is an interview application for the following courses: Intro to Fashion Design, 2 Year Fashion: Design & Production in Retail, 1 Year  Advanced Makeup Artistry and 3 Year Creative programme

Discount Programmes

Is there a discount programme included in the course?

Depending on the course duration, LA College of Creative Arts students are eligible for the Bobbi Brown Pro Scheme, M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Student Programme, Inglot Pro Scheme & Illamasqua Pro Scheme. All LA College of Creative Arts students will receive a LA Student card which entitles students to 30% off all LA Products and general student discount schemes.

Where are our students now?

Brigh Egan, Graduate of The Professional Course

Brigh graduated from the Module 3 course 4 years ago. Brigh has since embarked on an amazing journey as a make-up artist. She has enjoyed some time developing her skills as a freelance artist. Brigh then began her career in London starting in the prestigious store 'Harrods' where she secured a job as a  make-up artist with Laura Mercier Cosmetics. Working in Harrods, each day brought something new and exciting, celebrities and incredibly famous people came to Harrods everyday and on occasion she would find herself assisting a customer with her make-up that she had just been reading about in a magazine that morning!

During her time with the brand she had the unbelievable experience of assisting one of the most iconic artists of this generation, Laura Mercier herself, at a private engagement in Harrods, which as a make-up artist was something she could have only dreamed of! Brigh then joined the fabulous team at MAC Cosmetics in Harrods. She has now come back to LA to join out team of Pro Tutors, and we are delighted to have her wealth of experience back here at LA!

Naomh Geday, Graduate of The Professional Course

Naomh specialised in bridal make-up with LA College of Creative Arts, and continued her career in launching LA White, the five star dedicated bridal service. She has also worked on many leading campaigns for world famous cosmetic houses such as Mabelline, Paris and Max Factor. Naomh has worked with a number of high profile clients including Ciaran Sweeney, Benetton, X-Factor's Olly Murs and a host of Irish celebrities.

She has participated in major events like the Ford Super Model Search, tending to Katie Ford herself, Off the Rails and her work is regularly featured on television and in leading fashion and bridal publications, such as The Wedding Journal, Confetti and the RTE Guide. We are also happy to announce that Naomh is also a part of the LA Pro Tutor Team!

Laura Kinney, Graduate of The Professional Course

Since graduating from LA College of Creative Arts, Laura has worked for numerous cosmetic brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and Pout. After becoming a freelance artist, Laura progressed to working with top photographers on numerous photo-shoots, for magazines such as Kiss, Stellar, The Wedding Diary & Irish Times Magazine ot name but a few.

As well as her name being prominent in the wedding industry, Laura also has worked on high profile tv series and events such as 'Trinny & Susannah' Fashion Show, Xpose, Ireland Am and many other fashion & hair shows. Now to date we are happy to have Laura on our Team as LA Pro tutor.