CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
(Specialist Make-up Services)

RTO Number: 90910 | CRICOS Course: 105867J


Character Creation
Presentation Techniques


Sculpture & Casting
Creative Project Management


Facial Prosthetics
Extreme Casualty Simulation

Next Intake

24th July, 2024 (Wednesday 1pm – 5pm, Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 5pm )

Vet Student Loans are now available for this course.

44 weeks duration (breakdown: 38 weeks face-to-face study; 6 weeks term breaks) (798 supervised hours)

2.5 Days per week at College/full time

Admin Fee*


Course Fee**

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Fee Assistance: VSL amount $16,788 over four (4) census periods. ACMUSE is an approved VET Student Loans provider.  Eligibility criteria apply.

*Please note – Admin and deposit fees are non-refundable.

**Course fee is inclusive of incidental kit and photoshoot costs.

The course is presented via face to face teaching, demonstration and practical exercises. Learners experience a simulated work places environment, with access to equipment, products and facilities reflecting industry practice. Out of college experience is available, but is not assessed as part of the course.

Self-directed Study
It is expected that on average each learner complete a designated 10-12 hours/week of additional self-directed study.

Units of Competency
CUAIND611 Work professionally in the creative arts industry
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR615 Evolve ideas for professional creative work
CUAPPR611 Originate a body of independent creative work
CUAACD411 Integrate colour design theory and design processes
CUAPPR612 Collaborate in professional creative projects
CUAPPR616 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts
CUASCU511 Refine sculptural techniques
CUAMUP614 Create prosthetics for special makeup effects
CUAMUP615 Design and apply prosthetics for special makeup effects
CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove makeup
CUAMUP512 Design and apply specialised makeup
CUAMUP513 Design and apply specialised makeup effects
CUAACD537 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes

Entry Pathway – To Qualify for the CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media Candidates must have successfully completed of  CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (or equivalent)

Due to the specialized nature and popularity of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, ACMUSE gives priority to its own Diploma Graduates before considering external applicants.

All applicants who have completed their Diploma of Screen and Media externally to ACMUSE will be required to undergo an interview process with the ACMUSE principal. During this interview you will display a portfolio of work that meets the course entry requirements.

ACMUSE recognises that everyone has different skills and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a body of creative work. This will shows conceptual, technical, self-motivation and organisational skills through to realisation and presentation. Further to your portfolio of work in areas of make-up design, we require evidence of the creative process showing a strong sense of colour, shape and form. 

We are interested to see evidence of your creative artistic ability and potential in the way you think and work.

To Apply to the CUA60620 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media select the Apply now Button and complete an application form. Once we have received your details a representative from ACMUSE will be in contact to book you in for an interview with the ACMUSE Principal.

The ACMUSE Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media can only accept a maximum of 10 students per enrolment period. 

If the principal feels that ACMUSE is not the right fit for you, you will be informed immediately. 

If ACMUSE does not have a position available you will be put on a wait list for the next available course.

  1. Prosthetic Makeup: Students will acquire the skills to create complete prosthetic Makeup applications in a variety of materials: including Silicone, Foam latex and Prosaide Transfers.

  2. Sculpture: Students will learn how to sculpt an prosthetic Makeup

  3. Professional Portfolio Development: By the end of the course, students will have developed a professional makeup portfolio showcasing their diverse range of skills and creative abilities.

  4. Bald Cap Application: Students will learn how to construct and apply bald caps flawlessly, enabling them to transform actors into bald characters or create unique makeup looks.

  5. Colour Theory and Makeup Artistry: Students will comprehend colour theory principles and effectively apply them to achieve a range of character and Special effects Makeup applications

  6. Production Communication and Collaboration: Learners will develop strong communication and interpersonal skills, enabling them to understand the needs of a production and work collaboratively with other professionals in the industry.

  7. Hygiene and Safety Practices: Students will be trained in maintaining high standards of hygiene and safety in makeup application, ensuring the well-being of their clients and themselves.

  8. Professional Ethics and Industry Awareness: Students will be educated on the ethical considerations within the makeup industry, promoting responsible and respectful conduct throughout their careers.

  9. Time Management and Efficiency: Learners will develop strong organizational skills and the ability to work efficiently under pressure to meet tight deadlines during various makeup assignments.

  10. Continued Learning and Adaptation: Graduates will recognize the importance of continuous learning and staying updated with the latest technology and products used within the Special Makeup Effects Industry

ACMUSE is committed to empowering aspiring makeup artists with the knowledge, skills, and creativity required to excel in the dynamic world of Makeup and Special Effects

Ongoing assessment based on training package assessment criteria. There are three clustered assessment points: one is term one, a block assessment in term 2 and a final assessment at the end of the year – practical and theoretical examination.

Visual Diary – self-directed study

It is expected that on average each learner complete a designated 8-10 hours/week of additional self-directed study. Part of this is compiling a Visual diary. A visual diary is a daily journal kept by artists, often containing both words and sketches. A diary not only give your trainer a valuable opportunity to explore the creation process of these finished works, but is a useful self-reflection tool.

This course is open to international students. For more information about international study, please click here

Course Content


  • Make and apply Latex/Plastic Bald Caps for various media               
  • Design and apply Facial Prosthetics in silicon, Prosaide and Foam latex
  • Design, Research and Presentation Techniques
  • Learning a professional approach to creative practice
  • Research creative concepts
  • Creating a body of work
  • Manage creative projects
  • Develop a style with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Airbrushing for Body and Prosthetics
  • Design and apply Extreme Casualty Simulation for multimedia
  • Character creation