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Start something beautiful.

Start your new dream career in the booming makeup & beauty business.

Makeup Artistry

Be your

beautiful self

Diploma of Screen and Media - CUA51020

Start working in the exciting field of makeup artistry. This diploma is designed for students who wish to work as a Makeup artist or a Special FX artist/designer. Graduates of this Diploma will become highly qualified make up specialists in their field, using use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out work in the area of specialist make-up services for the film, television and entertainment industries and may coordinate the operation of a make-up department or business or operate on a freelance basis. We offer flexible study options, allow those looking at a new career to study part time or full time.

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Full-time: 2 days per week over 12 months include school term breaks. Plus 80 hours external work experience.

Part-time: 2 nights per week over 12 months include school term breaks. Plus 80 hours external work experience.

Tuition Fees

This diploma is VET Student Loans approved. There are payment plans allowing you to pay your tuition fees in installments and by specified due dates. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will be required to buy a resources pack with the uniform, notes, workbooks and makeup products to complete your diploma (total cost $500). For further details, and to see a detailed breakdown of resource items, see our tuition fee schedule. Additional products are supplied during training. Students can also purchase additional tools for their kit as they build up their skills and techniques and prepare for employment.

* Makeup for occasions includes:
Bridal makeup
Special occasion makeup
High fashion makeup
Fashion print media makeup
Photographic makeup
Fashion creative makeup
Mature age makeup

Period makeup
Fantasy character
Drag makeup
Character makeup
Cultural makeup
Hair and wig styling

Course content

* Special effects include:
Bald cap
Burns and blisters
Ageing with creams and latex
Cuts and wounds
Scars and stitches
Bruising and injury simulation
Blocking out brows

* Industry knowledge and freelancing
business management

Resources Kit


We have two annual intakes each year mid year and new year. This can increase based on demand. See our calendar of enrolments and holidays.

Work Experience

As a part of your training we ensure you are work ready through our work experience program. You are expected to complete 80 hours in total of work experience. A range of options are available to you including in our student clinic, photographic shoots, films, theatre and dance performances, runway shows, photographic shoots and more. You might assist your trainers or other professional makeup artists on bridal makeup, fashion and editorial shoots, or creating special effects.

International Qualification

We train you with both national and international syllabus, so that your new skills and standards will allow you to sit for international examinations on beauty therapies and make-up artistry right after you have completed the training with us. This is exclusive to ABTA full time students only.

ITEC Certificate in Makeup

ITEC Certificate in Business


You will be required to demonstrate competency by successful completion of written knowledge exercises, group work, oral activities, practical skill demonstration and observations throughout your training. You will also build up a portfolio record of completed tasks during the training.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Previous recognised training may count as credit towards a diploma. A student must provide evidence that they have gained one or more Units of Competency offered in the qualification they wish to study. While RPL is an assessment process, where a student will provide evidence of their skills and knowledge gained outside of their studies, determining if a student is required to study units that are relevant to their experience. Please note that application must occur prior to course commencement, and you can request a form via one of our course advisors.

Online Learning

We have been providing online learning during covid-19.
However we are back in the classrooms.

Quick, places filling fast

Units of Competency

You will need to complete the following units to attain your diploma.


CUAPPR515  Establish and maintain safe creative practice

CUAIND512  Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry


CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove make-up

SHBHDES004  Create classic long hair up-styles

CUAPPR411  Realise a creative project

CUAIND412  Provide freelance services

CUAMUP412  Maintain make-up and hair continuity

CUAMUP413  Style hair for production

CUARES412  Conduct research

CUAMUP512  Design and apply specialised make-up

CUAMUP414  Style wigs and hair pieces for production

BSBCRT413  Collaborate in a creative process

CUASFX411  Create special effects items

CUSMUP513  Design and apply special make-up effects

CUAPRP411  Coordinate props


Ready to

dazzle 'em?

Express yourself everyday

with a Makeup career




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