your future as a
makeup artist

Study the Diploma of Screen + Media
(Specialist Makeup Services)

nationally-accredited course
rtO: 90910 | CRIcos: 105868h

turn your passion into a career

course highlights

If you crave a career that blends creativity with technical mastery, the Diploma of Screen & Media (Specialist Services) course is your ticket to an exciting future.


BECOME A PROfessional

With our nationally-accredited Diploma, you'll get the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to become a sought-after makeup artist.


master fashion, bridal & glamour

From red carpet glam to runway, editorial, and bridal makeup -- you'll master it all with this diploma.


break into tv, film & special effects

Master the art of makeup for TV & film, and unleash your inner artist with special effects training.


get hands-on experience

You'll participate in 26 photoshoots in our professional studio to ensure you're job-ready from day one.


learn from leading instructors

With 40+ years of experience, our instructors are industry veterans who live & breathe makeup.

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stand out from the competition

You'll build a dazzling portfolio and gain hands-on work experience, giving you an edge in the industry.

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ACMUSE is the first place the industry approaches for work experience students. Our students regularly gain industry experience on major film, TV, and fashion projects.

Here are some of the projects previous ACMUSE students have gained work experience on within the Diploma course:


Here are a few extraordinary journeys of past students, whose careers soared to new heights after completing our Diploma of Screen & Media (Specialist Services):


beth halsted

“I feel so lucky to have been instructed by Netty at ACMUSE, who has shaped the next generation of artists.”

Since graduating from ACMUSE in 2010, Beth has become an award-winning film & TV makeup artist, working on projects such as Gold (film starring Zac Efron), Ladies In Black, Underbelly & more.


joanne bentley

“If your gut tells you to study at ACMUSE, you won't regret it for a second!”

Since graduating from ACMUSE in 2006, Joanne has been working as a full-time hair & makeup artist for Channel Nine on The Today Show, The Logies & more. She has also been freelancing as a bridal artist.


linda luttrell

“I chose ACMUSE because it provided the best industry work experience in all fields of makeup. It has changed my life for the better.”

Since graduating from ACMUSE in 2016, Linda has become a full-time makeup artist, working on projects such as Thor: Love & Thunder, Shang Chi, Back To The Rafters, My Kitchen Rules & more.

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“The year I studied at ACMUSE, we were lucky enough to get work experience on Mad Max: Fury Road. I was able to meet so many brilliant artists from the industry and it completely cemented my passion for prosthetics”

Since graduating from ACMUSE in 2014, Nikola has scored her dream job making medical prosthetics. She also worked as a full-time makeup artist in Film & TV for 8 years.


ACMUSE boasts a fully-equipped two storey studio in the heart of Broadway.

With two Makeup studios, a complete SFX workshop, and an in-house photographic studio downstairs, our space is specifically designed for Makeup Artists.

But don’t take our word for it, book a free tour of our studio and see it for yourself.

Course Details
The ACMUSE Diploma of Screen & Media (Specialist Makeup Services) is a nationally-accredited course. ACMUSE has been training industry professionals for over 40 years.

Our curriculum is designed and delivered by industry experts who have made a mark in the world of screen & media makeup. At ACMUSE, you'll learn the latest techniques, from character makeup to prosthetics, and gain a deep understanding of how to adapt your skills to different mediums.

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.

44 Weeks, Full-time – 38 weeks face-to-face study and 6 weeks term breaks (798 supervised hours)

3 days per week at College/full-time

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.

CUAIND412 Provide freelance services

CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge

CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project

CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

BSBCRT413 Collaborate in creative processes

CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove makeup

CUAMUP412 Maintain makeup and hair continuity

CUAMUP413 Style hair for productions

CUAMUP414 Style wigs and hairpieces for productions

CUARES412 Conduct research

CUAMUP512 Design and apply specialised makeup

CUAMUP513 Design and apply special makeup effects

CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief

CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice

CUASFX411 Create special effects items

ACMUSE accepts students who are 16 and have completed year 10, there is no maximum age limit. 

Students are not required to have an ATAR to attend ACMUSE.

Students who have not completed year 12 will need to complete an LLN test provided by the college prior to commencement. This tool is used to identify any supports a student might require.

To Apply to the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media select the Enrol 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 a Free tour of our facilities and meet with our Principal.

This is an opportunity to have a look at the college and determine if ACMUSE is the right fit for you, and have any questions answered.

At ACMUSE we believe that you will learn the content within your Diploma and as a result we do not require you to have any prior Makeup knowledge to enrol in the Diploma of Screen and Media. Our trainers are highly skilled and can train you the best industry practice in this course.

You are not required to supply any images of previous works (unless you would like to) or audition for a position.

However ACMUSE can only accept a maximum of 25 students in the course 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.

For more information please consult the student handbook located in resources on the site.

  1. Mastery of Makeup Techniques: Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of fundamental makeup techniques, including foundation application, contouring, highlighting, eyeshadow blending, and lip artistry.

  2. Special Effects Makeup: Students will acquire the skills to create impressive special effects, such as wounds, scars, aging, and fantasy character transformations, using prosthetics and other materials.

  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. Makeup for Different Media: Graduates will be proficient in adapting makeup techniques for various media, including film, television, theater, photography, and fashion shows.

  6. Color Theory and Makeup Artistry: Students will comprehend color theory principles and effectively apply them to achieve harmonious and impactful makeup looks.

  7. Client Communication and Collaboration: Learners will develop strong communication and interpersonal skills, enabling them to understand clients’ needs and work collaboratively with other professionals in the industry.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Continued Learning and Adaptation: Graduates will recognize the importance of continuous learning and staying updated with the latest makeup trends, products, and techniques to remain relevant in the ever-changing beauty industry.

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

Ongoing assessment based on training package assessment criteria. There are three clustered assessment points: one is week one, a mid year assessment in week 20 and a final assessment at the end of the year – practical and theoretical examination.

All practical Assessments are photographed in the ACMUSE photo studio to add to your portfolio. 

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

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