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



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 January
Contact Days Monday – Wednesday (3 Days a Week)
Times 9am – 3pm
Commences 15/01/2024
Month July
Contact Days Monday – Wednesday (3 Days a Week)
Times 9am – 3pm
Commences 22/07/2024

**Note this is also offered as a Duel Diploma in Screen and Media and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media**


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 & Character Design
  • Product knowledge
  • Colour physics & composition
  • Industry Communications & consultation
  • Photographic lighting & techniques
  • Special Occassion Makeup Techniques 
  • Remedial Camouflage/ Tattoo Camouflage 
  • Photographic Makeup Techniques 
  • Working in Personal Services, Theatre, Film & TV Industries 
  • Airbrush Makeup application & techniques
  • Using Social Media for Self Promotion and Networking 
  • Hairstyling for Fashion, Film & TV 
  • Creative Makeup
  • 3D Silicone Transfers & Prosthetics
  • Professional Photoshoots x 3
  • High Definition film & television makeup
  • Out of the Kit Special Effects
  • Character Makeup for Theatre, Film & TV
  • Script Breakdown & Continuity 
  • Ageing techniques for Theatre, Film & TV
  • Theatrical Drag Makeup
  • Full Body Art
  • Face painting and creative design 
  • Period Hair & Makeup Design
  • Working on film sets and understanding production requirements
  • Life casting, moulding and sculpting 
  • Prosthetic foam latex application
  • Business Planning & Working as a Freelancer 

Mode of Delivery

Our programs are delivered face to face at the Media Makeup Academy. This program has a strong focus on practical application, 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

  • CUAIND412 Provide freelance services 
  • CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry Knowledge
  • CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
  • CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

Elective Units

  • CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove make-up
  • CUAMUP412 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
  • CUAMUP413 Style hair for productions
  • CUAMUP414 Style wigs and hairpieces for productions
  • CUAMUP512 Design and apply specialised make-up
  • CUAMUP513 Design and apply special make-up effects
  • CUAMUP614 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
  • CUASFX411 Create special effects items
  • CUARES412 Conduct research 
  • CUAPPR415 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 
  • CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts


Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12, or AQF Certificate IV or a specific Language Literacy and Numeracy Test (CSPA) to a minimum ACSF Level 3 (if other academic evidence is not supplied).You will also be required to have intermediate computer skills. To be eligible for a VET Student Loan applicants must also be an Australian Citizen. 


Prior to enrolment all prospective participants are required to be assessed for Upfront assessment of need and attend a pre enrolment interview.


This course is subsidised by the South Australian Government for Eligible Students.

Click here to check your eligibility Subsidised Courses 

 If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you can still complete the program but additional course fees apply. Please enquire for more information

Incidental Expenses

$100.00 – Uniform
$300.00 – Makeup Brushes & Tools
$565.00 – Airbrush kit
$900.00 – Make up kit
$380.00 – Hair styling kit
$485.00 – Special Effects kit

$2,730.00 – Incidental Expenses Total

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.


$7320.00 – Course Fee

* Weekly Payment Plans Available 

Flexible payment options available through our finance partner for “study now pay later” option. Full course fee and Incidentals can be financed in manageable instalments. Contact us today for more information.


Participants over the age of 16 and who are, or have been, under the Guardianship of the Minister for Education.


Participant Course Fee concession if:

Participant holds a current:

–  Health Care Card;

– Pensioner Concession Card; or

– Veteran Affairs Concession Card; or

– if the Participant is a Prisoner.

Evidence will be required to be supplied and further information will be provided at interview.

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.

To apply please complete application form and send with current resume to


RTO Number: 2316