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CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

National ID: CUA51020 State ID: AC68
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Allow your artistic flare to translate into a career you’ve always dreamt of

This 12 month qualification is designed for aspiring makeup artists who would like to specialise in film, television and theatre make-up, special effects, hair and wig styling.

This comprehensive course provides you the opportunity to develop, learn and master the art of character transformation with special effects make-up and prosthetics to be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel in the dynamic world of screen and media makeup services.

You will learn different techniques that suit production briefs for films, television, plays, musicals and opera performances as well as participating in various practical works inside and outside of the training studio.

You will gain hands on experience collaborating with experienced professionals in the field, along with peers who are passionate in this creative industry.

The theatre, film and television industries are developing and growing rapidly with a strong demand for specialist makeup artists. This course will give you the tools of trade required to achieve a successful career path whilst allowing your individual creativity to shine through.

  • Apply specialist make-up effects like burns and wounds
  • Create prosthetics including foam latex application
  • Style hair, wigs and hairpieces for productions
  • Create body art
  • Collaborate with film crews

I have the following attributes:

  • Artistic ability and good colour perception 
  • Comfortable with physical contact and enjoy practical work
  • Positive attitude, self-motivation, patient and tactful
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Stamina, patience and concentration
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Able to adapt quickly to working within new teams
  • Able to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Follow the link to find further information to help you make an informed choice about the suitability of this course.

If this course is deemed competitive, you will be informed during your application via TAFE Admissions and additional entrance requirements will apply.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how on our Timetables page), once you have paid your fees. In the meantime the information below provides an indication of the time commitment required to complete this course, depending on available study options.

On campus

This course is run over 3 - 4 days per week.

Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

Study outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research will be required to successfully complete your course.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is encouraged but not essential.
If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example text books and stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

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Study options and next steps

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Semester 1, 2024

Perth - On Campus

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Perth
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $5,355.75 $1,780.00 $7,135.75

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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