Diploma of Screen and Media

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 fully fleshed, three-dimensional character. 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. As such, a good make-up artist needs to possess strong problem-solving abilities, work well in a team and communicate effectively with others – and, of course, have the specialised skills needed to achieve the dramatic and often complex looks you see on stage and screen.

In the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services), aspiring make-up artists will be taught the full range of these skills, including camouflage, liquid latex, special effects, body art, 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.

As one of the only courses in Perth of its kind, the Diploma of Screen and Media prepares students to graduate with a unique skill set that can open the door to opportunities all around the world. 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 this glamorous, fast-paced 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.
  • gaining practical, real-world experience with the highly accomplished Irish Theatre Players to help bring their productions to life through make-up.


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. 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 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 maximum tuition fee for this course in Perth is $11,400. Your fee payment options are:

  • 24 month interest-free payment plan. No deposit, no interest to pay for 24 months.
  • 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 August 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

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 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

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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