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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 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 make-up skills needed to achieve the dramatic and often complex looks you see on stage and screen.

Enrolments for 2019 now open! Next Intake March 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 learn how to become a special effects make-up artist, and to transform individuals and performers into 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 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;
  • working with silicone and latex to create unusual and stunning effects within the entertainment industry; and
  • gaining practical, real-world experience with the highly accomplished Irish Theatre Players to help bring their productions to life through make-up.

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 two days a week over a 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.

In addition to the above entry requirements, the College will consider whether the student applying to enrol demonstrates the capacity to meet the demands of their chosen course. Student academic suitability is determined through a one to one career counselling session and an interview where the student is invited to provide details of their previous art work history and/or prior education relevant to the course. The student will be advised whether he or she is considered to be academically suited, or alternative study pathways may be offered.

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

How much is the course?

The maximum tuition fee for this course in Perth is $15,225 . 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.


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.


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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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