Diploma of Screen and Media

Ever dreamed of taking centre stage as a make-up artist in theatre, television and cinema?

The Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) could be your ticket to a successful career in this glamourous, fast-paced industry. Covering all aspects of dramatic make-up – including camouflage, liquid latex, special effects, body art, air-brushing and much more – this highly practical and hands-on course is delivered by award-winning trainers that also work professionally in the make-up industry themselves.

The Diploma of Screen and Media is one of only a handful of such courses offered in Western Australia, which means the skills you’ll gain are in short supply – and high demand.

So if you have a creative streak and crave an exciting career in which no two days are ever the same, look no further.


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What you will 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 a career in the industry, including:

  • styling wigs and hairpieces;
  • applying specialist make-up for photographic, theatre, period, special effects, film, television and fashion; and
  • working with silicone and latex to create unusual and stunning effects within the entertainment industry.


What are your career options with a Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)?

On completion of the Diploma in Screen and Media, you’ll be qualified to work as a make-up artist in a number of different fields and media, including television, theatre, fashion and film.

You can expect to earn up to $450 a day working on high-profile movies, or up to $180 doing special make-overs for individuals for photography purposes.


How you will study

The Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) is a nationally recognised qualification. This course will equip you with the necessary skills and expertise to become a special effects make-up artist and to transform individuals and performers into characters.

The course is offered on campus in the heart of Perth’s CBD for two days a week over a year. Incorporating plenty of hands-on practical experience, 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.


Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

TrainSmart Australia will assess your ‘academic suitability’ to ensure you have the best chance of success. This is determined by either:

  • Providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 certificate; or
  • 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.


Cost of this course

The current course cost is $11,400.

Your fee payment options are:

  • Self-funded payment plan: pay your course fee by credit card, cheque, EFT, or cash.
  • VET Study Loan: Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Enrol in our course in Perth’s CBD before 31 July 2017 and save $1,400 off your tuition fee!


How will you learn?

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.

Assessments will be carried out in both theory and practical work. You will receive training and assessor support throughout your studies. You will study 15 units as listed below.


Units of study


  • CUAPPR505
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    Style hair for performances or productions
    Design, apply and remove make-up
    Design and apply creative make-up
    Originate and develop concepts


  • CUAIND502
    Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    Apply airbrushed make-up
    Design and apply specialised make-up
    Design and apply special make-up effects
    Style wigs and hairpieces for performances and productions


  • CUAMUP402
    Maintain make-up and hair continuity
    Coordinate props
    Select and apply hair extensions
    Collaborate in a creative process
    Make a presentation

A career as a specialist make-up artist is your ticket to the red carpet – and this Diploma in Screen and Media can lead to a varied and interesting profession.

One day, you could be turning someone into a burns victim. The next? A character at the other end of the spectrum – like a mythical creature!

So if you’re creative and can come up with original ideas, and have good communication skills, this could just be the career for you.


Complimentary services

As part of your enrolment, you’ll receive membership to the TrainSmart Australia student portal. Here, you’ll receive updates on class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.


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