CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

The Nationally recognised CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) gives students the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge within the makeup industry.

If you are serious about pursuing a career in make-up then this practical course is for you. Learn how to style hair, apply specialist make-up for photographic, theatre, period, special effects, film, television and fashion.

On completion of the course you will be qualified to work as a make-up artist in a variety of fields such as Television, theatre and film.


Make-up Course Information

Specialist Makeup

Specialist Makeup

Give your career a boost and learn real skills that will establish you in the Make-Up Industry. Engage with our hands-on training in the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) and learn about:

  • Make-up application
    • Glamour
    • Asian features
    • Bridal
    • Period styles (ie 1920s-1980s)
    • Corporate grooming
  • Specialist Make-Up
    • Air Brush
    • Fantasy
    • Drag
  • Hair Styling and Extensions
    • Braiding
    • Period hair (ie 1920s-1980s)
    • Hair Up
    • Hair Extensions and trimming
  • Special Effects Make-Up
    • Ageing with latex
    • Scars, burns
  • Air Brushing Application
  • Industry Insights and Methods
  • Colour Theory
  • Skin Prep
Makeup for Photoshoots by Rae Morris

Makeup for Photoshoots by Rae Morris

Upon successful completion of the qualification requirements students may have various employment opportunities within the Make-up Industry, including Television, Theatre and film, and may be able to apply their acquired skills and knowledge as a qualified Specialist Make-up Artist.

Makeup Course Facilities

Makeup Course Facilities

Our exceptional facilities include modern, spacious classrooms equipped with all the professional tools you’ll need to become a skilled makeup artist. Students will be required to purchase a student kit refer to fee schedules.

Our Melbourne CBD and Brisbane campus training rooms are flooded with plenty of natural light and boast spectacular views of the city while our suburban Peninsula campus is conveniently located for students living close to that area.

By providing you with the opportunity to learn within a relaxed environment fully equipped with everything you need, we make it easy for you to develop the skills and confidence required to flourish within the makeup industry.

As per the training package, this qualification has no pre-requisites.

In order to qualify for this course, you will be required to complete a pre-training review and either successfully complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy test or be able to provide valid evidence of Year 12 completion.

Special Effects Makeup - Leopard Skin

Special Effects Makeup – Leopard Skin

This varies according to the intake you enrol into. Duration ranges from 52 weeks (Fulltime) Length of the course will increase if interrupted by Public Holidays and School Holidays scheduled by Pragmatic Training.

This course is delivered under a Dynamic Blended Mode. Students are required to allocate approx. 20 hours per week for online learning and practical tasks at home. Please note that minimum and maximum class numbers apply for each course. Class times may vary for operational reasons.

Work Placement

Students will be required to complete 15 hours of Work Placement within a production to meet the training package requirements and to ensure they have gained practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.

Special FX Makeup

Special FX Makeup
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up
CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions
CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up
CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects
CUAMUP504 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
CUARES402 Conduct research
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
BSBREL401 Establish networks
CUAPRP401 Coordinate props
BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions

Nationally Recognised Training

Credit Transfer (CT)

Pragmatic Training recognises Qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by another RTO (Registered Training Organisation), AQF authorised issuing organisation such as University, or authenticated VET transcripts issued by the Registrar.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available on application. Students will be charged per unit of competency at the cost equal to the tuition fee of the unit(s) of competency.

Speak to your Career Consultant about your intention to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer during your initial conversation.

We know you’re an ambitious bunch and with the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) under your belt you may find you want to keep on learning. If so, you could consider studying for a Bachelor of Creative Arts.

Smokey Eye Makeup

Smokey Eye Makeup

Fee For Service

  1. Students can pay their tuition fees upfront in full or arrange an instalment payment plan. Please refer to the Fees & Charges policy.
  2. Personal student loan to cover the cost of your course. Click here to find out more.
  3. VET Student Loans. Please visit Department of Education and Training for more information.

Vet Student Loans

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF BEAUTY is an approved course provider for VET STUDENT LOANS.

Financial Assistance:

Our full-time qualifications are approved by Centrelink allowing access to Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Austudy and Pensioner Education Supplement payments.  Eligibility criteria apply. For more information please contact Centrelink.

Our organisation is also registered with the Queensland and Victoria Departments of Public Transport. Students enrolled in full-time courses, may be eligible for public transport concession. Eligibility criteria apply. For more information please contact:



For further information on fees, refer to the Fee Schedules for this course.

*This training is delivered with Commonwealth Government funding. Additional eligibility or enrolment criteria may apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


How do I enrol?

Feeling inspired? Keen to find out more?

Fill out the contact form OR call us on: 1800 683 918

One of our friendly Career Consultants will tell you all about the course, including what you can expect to learn, your requirements and what is required of you.

We will answer any questions you may have in relation to the course you are interested in, plus will help you find out the best payment options and eligibility for assistance such as VET Student Loans or funding from Skills First.

If you wish to proceed, we will arrange for you to come in and meet us in person. You will be given a tour of the campus and the opportunity to discuss the finer details of the course – pick our brains, that’s what we are here for!