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Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015)

Playing a critical role in the film, television and theatre industries, a make-up artist uses a range of media applied to the skin and hair to transform an everyday look into a range of different looks. On a film set or backstage at a theatre production, make-up artists are often involved in conceptualising the appearance of characters through to physically applying the make-up necessary to bring them to life.

TrainSmart Australia’s CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media course has the best reputation in Perth, and has been helping students make their way into the exciting world of make-up for a number of years by offering guaranteed work experience in the industry.


Enrolments for 2019 are now open!
Next Intake: April 2019


In this Screen and Media – Specialist Make-up Services course, aspiring make-up artists will be taught the full range of these skills, including fashion make-up, hair styling, special effects, camouflage, air-brushing and much more. This highly practical and hands-on course gives students the opportunity to apply the techniques they learn using real people as their canvas. Working from a dedicated campus in the heart of Perth’s CBD, students are taught by our highly experienced, award-winning trainers who also work professionally in the make-up industry themselves.


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Should I enrol?

This make-up course in Perth CBD is for you if you want to become a make-up artist, and learn how to transform individuals and performers into a range of different characters.

What will I learn?

This course is a must for those serious about pursuing a career in make-up. You’ll learn everything you’ll need to kickstart your career in this glamorous, fast-paced industry, including:

  • styling wigs and hairpieces;
  • applying specialist make-up for photographic, theatre, period, special effects, film, television and fashion;
  • working with silicone and latex to create unusual and stunning effects within the entertainment industry; and
  • gaining practical, real-world experience with highly accomplished theatre groups, using make-up to help bring their characters to life.

How will I learn?

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) (Specialist Make-up Services )  is a nationally recognised qualification.

The course is offered on campus in the heart of Perth’s CBD for 2 days a week over 1 year. You will be taught by a fully qualified and trained theatrical make-up artist who has more than fifteen years’ experience in this area – one who counts Hollywood productions among her credits.

In preparation for industry, your learning will be primarily comprised of practical, hands-on work in the classroom. You will also undertake some practical theory assignments online, and receive training and assessor support throughout your studies.

What are the entry requirements?

TrainSmart Australia will assess a student’s ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 certificate; or,
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

*Note: You do not need an artistic background to enrol OR to excel. The purpose of study is to refine and develop skills, and our friendly, passionate trainers will be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goals.

What are my career prospects?

On completion of the Screen and Media program, you’ll be qualified to work as a make-up artist in a number of different fields and media. These include television, theatre, fashion, film, print, magazines, red carpet and celebrity work, events and many more. You could be employed in a range of businesses, or work on a freelance basis.

Remuneration varies for make-up artists, with highly experienced make-up artists often able to earn more. As such, your earning potential will generally increase as you develop your skills and build your experience. Generally speaking, you can expect to earn $450 – $2000/day working on high-profile movies, or $90 – $200/hr providing make-up for photoshoots, school balls, weddings and other events.

How much is the course?

The maximum tuition fee for this course in Perth is $15,225 . We have a range of alternative payment options available, including:

  • 24 month interest-free payment plan. No deposit, no interest to pay for 24 months.
  • VET Student Loans: Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.


A career as a specialist make-up artist is your behind-the-scenes pass to the entertainment industry – and the Diploma in Screen and Media (CUA51015) can lead to a varied and interesting career in the profession. One day, you could be turning someone into a glamorous movie star. The next? A character at the other end of the spectrum, like a mythical creature! So if you’re creative, can come up with original ideas and have good communication skills, this could just be the career for you.


Complimentary services and career guidance

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For more information about the many benefits of learning with us at TrainSmart Australia, about VET Student Loans (formerly VET FEE-HELP) or about our complimentary career guidance service, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 855 517


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