Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) CUA51015


This course enables the participant not only to gain practical & technical skills but also the confidence required to work as a Photographic, Film & Television Make up Artist/ Technician to provide services for: Media Special Effects, Body Art & Face Painting Events, Feature Film & Television Productions, Theatre, Fashion & Wedding Photography, Runway and Music Clips.

A comprehensive program that extends the knowledge & skills of a makeup artist into all forms of media from sketching, presenting of photographic portfolios in print & digital format, sculpting, body art, and airbrushing. It incorporates a series of photo shoots. The course covers business plans, marketing and client interaction to provide effective communication and awareness in a rapidly changing and diverse environment.

Course Intake

This course is conducted full time over a period of 48 weeks.

Month Contact Days Times Commences Finishes
January  Monday - Wednesday  9am - 3pm 14/01/2019  12/12/2019
July Monday - Wednesday 9am - 3pm 08/07/2019  02/07/2020


You will receive a confirmation of enrolment that secures your place in an intake or when a deposit is required payment of the deposit will secure a place. Positions will not be held without either requirements.

During the course you are required to be available for 60 hours of work experience which may include weekdays, evenings or weekends.

*Course completion dates may vary due to holiday breaks.


  • Sketching & facial map design
  • Product knowledge
  • Colour physics & composition
  • Industry Communications & consultation
  • Photographic lighting & techniques
  • Makeup application for day / evening
  • Remedial Camouflage
  • Digital photographic makeup application
  • Wedding industry marketing / advertising
  • Airbrush Makeup application & techniques
  • Self Promotion 
  • Hairstyling for Fashion, Wedding & Runway
  • Creative Makeup
  • Silicone Transfers
  • Fashion Styling
  • High Definition film & television makeup
  • Special effects
  • Hair knotting
  • Film script breakdown
  • Ageing techniques
  • Drag queen makeup
  • Body Art 
  • Face Painting
  • Period Hair & Makeup Design
  • Sculpting
  • Moulding & casting
  • Prosthetic foam latex application
  • Business Planning

Mode of Delivery

Our programs are delivered face to face at the Media Makeup Academy. This program has a strong focus on practical applilcation, where students will learn within a simulated workplace environment. Throughout the program, students will work with our highly skilled trainers to observe trainer demonstrations, practice their skills and recieve one on one feedback, gather hints and tips about working in the industry, and reviewing the latest trends. 

Class Sizes

The Diploma course has no more than 20 students. This provides a team environment as well as individual tuition. All classes are designed to provide the necessary hands on skills. personal attention with the highest quality of training.

Units of Competency

Core Units  
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
Elective Units  
CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up
CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions
CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions
CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up
CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects
CUAMUP504 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
BSBMKG413  Promote products and services
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process


Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12, an AQF Certificate IV or a specific Language Literacy and Numeracy Test (CSPA). You will also be required to have intermediate computer skills.

Incidental Expenses

Uniform  $120.00
Makeup Brushes & Tools  $300.00
Airbrush kit $500.00
Make up kit  $890.00
Hair styling kit  $350.00
Special Effects kit  $460.00
Incidental Expenses Total:  $2,620.00


Participants are required to purchase kits and materials prior to the first day of class.

Students to supply their own camera, stationery, lap top and hand towels.

Incidental expenses are payable 30 days before course commences unless negotiated otherwise.

Tuition Fees 

Course Fees: $13,870.00
Payment Plan  
Full fee paying: $289 per week
VET Student Loans:  
see VET Student Loans fee schedule

VET Student Loans is available to eligible students, please check our VET student Loan page for eligibility criteria.
Please Note: If you are eligible and choose to apply for a VET Student Loan, you will incur a HELP debt that will continue to be a debt until it is repaid to the Commonwealth.


Our full time qualifications are AUSTUDY approved.

RTO Number: 2316