CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media
(Specialist Make-up Services)

RTO Number: 90910 | CRICOS Course: 105868H

Explore Fashion


Avant Garde



Research Industry Techniques

Learn Wig Cutting & Styling

Apply Prosthetics & SFX

Period Hair & Makeup

Design Character Makeup




Next Intake:

– 31st January, 2024 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 9:30am to 4:30pm) class sizes limited

During the Diploma Course you will have the Opportunity to participate in 26 Photoshoots. 

During these shoots you will have access to the range of ACMUSE wigs and costumes as your look is photographed in the ACMUSE Photo Studio.

You may be eligible for government student loans if you choose to do an accredited course with us. 

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

Course Content


Health and Hygiene                                                                                               One of the most important parts of being a Makeup Artist.                  During the Diploma of Screen and Media you will go into depth learning correct Health and hygiene practices within the professional Makeup Industry. From proper brush washing and steralizing techniques to client care. At ACMUSE Health and Hygiene begins on Day 1 and continues throughout the entirety of your Diploma.

Facial Sculpting and Corrective Makeup                                                         Learn to correct various types of pigmentation using colour theory and up to date product knowledge. You will learn the skills to enhance a clients best features using your knowledge of the different face shapes and contour techniques.

Eyes and Lips                                                                                                          Learn to create beautiful eye designs, using a variety of techniques. These include; eye shapes, eye contouring, Natural eyes, Smokey eyes, Graphic Liners, False Eyelash applications, Eyebrow blocking, eyebrow grooming, corrective eyebrow techniques.                                                                    Then it’s onto lips, first looking at creating an even lip shape and then working with a range of lip products, including pencils, glosses and lip colours.

Colour Theory                                                                                                         At ACMUSE we dedicate the time to explore the relationships between colour, lighting and Makeup. Taking you through the basics before moving onto more advanced colour theory principals. At ACMUSE we go beyond using primary colours to mix foundation bases, and explore the important relationship between colour and lighting.

Hair Styling                                                                                                              Hair styling is taught at three seperate intervals at ACMUSE.                    Hair classes start at the beginner level where you will learn the basics of; Blow drying, Roller sets, Hair tongs and simple up-styles incorporating braids and Pony Tails.                                                                                     Then you will progress to more Advanced techniques, exploring Historical hair styles from the 1920’s – 1970’s.                                      You will learn the traditional techniques before learning how to create styles utilising modern technology used in the Industry today.

Wigs                                                                                                                            Wigs are an important skill for any Makeup and hair artist and are widely utilised in every area of the professional Industry.                                        At ACMUSE you will learn all you need to know about wigs, from exploring different hair fibres, to proper wig blocking and washing techniques. In addition you will be taught how to cut, style and apply you own wig            Throughout the course you will have multiple opportunities to use wigs and hair pieces in your Makeup designs using wigs from the ACMUSE wig stand.

Bridal Makeup – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                                   You will get to explore the world of Bridal Makeup for your very first photoshoot with ACMUSE. This shoot is the first of many and you will learn how to create a Bridal hair and Makeup look following the latest trends in Bridal makeup. Your trainer will guide you in your design as you prepare your model in full costume ready to shoot.

Black and White Photography Makeup – x2 Photoshoots in the ACMUSE studio                                                                                        Discover the importance of tonal values and the appearance of Makeup in Black and White photography. During this topic you will participate in two photoshoots to help you understand how to design Makeup in Black and White. 

Glamour – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                                                    Get your client Red Carpet ready and learn how to create a glamour look that will last the entire Logies. Understand the relationship between Hair, Makeup and wardrobe in creating a beautiful red carpet look. This is your week to take your makeup skills to the next level and create a dynamic look ready to shoot in the ACMUSE photo studio.

Fashion Makeup- x3 Photoshoots in the ACMUSE studio                          At ACMUSE fashion makeup is explored during three seperate blocks throughout the course. This means that you are able to learn the different topics that sit within the fashion Industry. 

We start by delving into the world of editorial and what it means to be an Editorial Makeup artist. This block focuses on creating editorial skin, perfecting brows and creating makeups that’s don’t require photoshop. You will then have the opportunity to design and apply an Editorial Hair and Makeup look ready for your first Fashion photoshoot. 

During this time your trainer will guide you through the latest trends and application techniques within the Industry.  After Editorial you will design a look ready for Runway, drawing influence from Australian fashion designers. In your second look you will design a runway ready hair and makeup design, using face and hair charts to help visualise your final look. Once complete your model  dressed in full costume will be shot in the ACMUSE photo studio.                 

For our final block we look at influential Makeup Artists who have been influential in AVANT GARDE style makeup. You will then get to design your own High Fashion AVANT GARDE look. The final fashion block is a favourite among most students, providing you an opportunity to get creative and go for it, for a final fashion photoshoot.                      





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Casualty Simulation/ SFX – x2 Photoshoots in the ACMUSE studio         Taught over three blocks Casualty simulation teaches you how to create moulage and out of the kit effects Makeup. At ACMUSE your trainer will guide you as you begin with small cuts, bruises and scratches.                You will learn a complete range of techniques including blending, stippling and correct blood placement. During this time you will discover the importance of considering the scenario of an injury and providing adequate research.    

In the second block you will learn how to create wounds using scar wax, how to create realistic scabs and you will move into advanced bruising.      

Then it’s all about burns, exploring the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns and how to create them. During burns week you will learn using a host of different products including latex, gelatin and silicone.

Ageing Techniques- Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                             During this topic you will learn a variety of techniques that will enable you to create an aged makeup for whatever medium that is required. Starting with theatre ageing techniques you will learn how to create different skin textures and use highlight and shade to create an aged character perfect for the stage in any theatre production.                                                      Next you will learn more subtle ageing techniques and skin textures to suit High Definition media like Film and television or photography. 

Research and Design                                                                                            One of the most important tools to any Makeup Artist is understanding the relationship between research and design.                                              At ACMUSE we believe that to create dynamic looks you must first be able to visualise your concept.                                                                            Research is important for every aspect of Makeup. 

At ACMUSE your trainer will guide you to look beyond social media to draw inspiration for your looks. You will learn to create Industry standard makeup charts and methods to communicate your vision, you will become familiar with mood boards and mind maps to unlock your creativity.   


Period Makeup-  x7  Photoshoots in the ACMUSE studio               Taught over 3 blocks Period Makeup includes every period from the 1920’s – 1980’s. During these three consecutive blocks you will be tasked with creating two looks per week. During each period you will learn a completely different style of makeup, taught with accuracy and respect for the period. During these 3 weeks you will participate in a total of 7 photo shoots in the ACMUSE photo studio.

Drag Makeup- Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                                    An ACMUSE favourite you will learn to create an iconic Drag makeup look using all of the makeup skills you have been developing over your course. You will be tasked with creating your Drag character and bringing them to life using advanced contouring, advanced eye design techniques, brow blocking, lash and wig application. Your model will then get into costume before we shoot the look in our photo studio.

Character Makeup Effects – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio               In the world of Theatre, film and television and advertising, knowing how to create a character is a must have skill. At ACMUSE we teach you the important things to consider with character design and guide you to creating professional character makeups suitable for the stage or screen.

Bald Cap Construction and Application – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                                                                                                                  You will be given the tools to help you construct your very own bald caps as your experienced trainer guides you through the steps and different construction methods. Once construction is complete you will be tasked to apply your bald cap and will create a fantasy design to showcase it in you bald cap photoshoot. 

Silicone Prosthetics –Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                          Following a trainer demonstration you will colour and pour your own silicone flat mould, using the top products from the Australian Industry. You will then colour and apply your prosthetic blending it seamlessly into the skin to complete your realistic effect.

Foam Latex Prosthetic Application – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE studio                                                                                                             Create your very own Enchanted Creature and learn the technical world of foam latex prothetic application. During this block you will tasked to fit and apply seamless foam latex prosthetic pieces to change your models face into creature creation. You will then use various painting and colouring techniques to complete your look. Once complete and in costume your Enchanted creature will be photographed in the ACMUSE photo studio.

Body Painting – Photoshoot in the ACMUSE Studio                               You will complete a body painting design on 50% of your model incorporating a variety of body painting techniques including; stippling, stamping, illusions, stenciling, brushing, flick technique and many more to create a dynamic final body paint. 

Continuity and Film Appreciation                                                                     At ACMUSE we will teach you how to conduct yourself in a professional manner to work on all types of sets. During the course you will learn about film continuity, Shot sizes, Film lighting, On set professionalism, and the business of being a Makeup Artist.