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

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:

– 1st August 2022 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 9:30am to 4:30pm) class sizes limited

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

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

Admin Fee*


Course Fee**

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Fee Assistance: VSL amount $15,793 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.

No entrance requirements for this course.

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.

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

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Course Content

Units of Competency
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

Health and Hygiene
Black & White Photography
Corrective Make-up
Hair Styling
Face, Eye, Nose and Lip Shapes & Corrections
Period Makeup and Hair
Fashion, Glamour, Catwalk, Film, TV and Theatre
Body Painting
Character Makeup Effects
Wig Styling
Research and Design Techniques
Ageing Techniques
Casualty Simulation
Special Effects
Foam Latex Prosthetic Application
Bald Cap application