DUAL Diploma of Screen and Media
(Specialist Make-up Services) CUA51020 & CUA60620

RTO Number: 90910 | CRICOS Courses: 105867J




Next Intake

– January 2024 (Monday and Wednesday 9:30am – 4:30pm )

Dual Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services)

The Dual Diploma is for any individual who aspires to excel as a Special Effects Makeup Artist.

Elevate your Makeup Education by enrolling in the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media at ACMUSE.

By Embarking on the Comprehensive journey of the Dual Diploma, You will receive complimentary makeup kits resulting in a significant saving of $3000. Furthermore you will  be granted Priority Access into the Advanced Diploma Course.

Be sure to act quickly as availability for this opportunity is limited.

During the Dual Diploma you will have the Opportunity to participate in 31 Photoshoots. 

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

Vet Student Loans are now available for these courses.

Admin Fee*


Course Fee**

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Fee Assistance: VSL amount $33,576 over four (8) 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 Dual Diploma includes both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media kits for FREE!!!!!

*conditions apply

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


Diploma – 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

Advanced Diploma – 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

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.

Diploma 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

Advanced Diploma 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

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 for the Dual 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. 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.

Enrolling in the Dual Diploma allows you first priority for a place within the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, and you will receive your Makeup Kits for Free. (*Conditions Apply)


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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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