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

Have you always dreamed of working in film, television, theatre, radio or digital media? Lights, camera, action - Ivy College have proudly partnered with The Makeup Institute to make your dream career a reality!

About this course


CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services)

Nationally recognised


National code


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Choose a payment option to suit your budget and lifestyle:

  • Upfront payment (discounted)
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Course duration

Delivered over two 20-week semesters with 6 weeks term breaks.

10 hours of independent course work each week including research assignments and preparation for major projects.

All learners are expected to complete 120 hours of workplace training over the duration of the course which is organised by TMI.


The only additional cost to students is the full TMI Professional Makeup, Hair and SPFX kit which is $1,995.00 and must be purchased the week before term starts.

Delivery mode

Each week includes:
2 days of face-to-face training, theory & practical at the beautiful The Makeup Institute training facilities

Intake 1 – Wednesdays & Thursdays
Intake 2 – Mondays & Tuesdays

– 10 hours of independent course work each week including research assignments and preparation for major projects.

​All learners are expected to complete 120 hours of workplace training over the duration of the course which is organised by TMI.


Students work with be holistically assessed in live productions, practical observations, projects and assignments.

Intake dates

July and February.

Awarded by

Accredited Courses Australia Pty Ltd RTO Code 90535


$12,500 (inc GST) and includes all training and assessment materials.

Ivy College has proudly partnered with The Makeup Institute to deliver high quality training in state of the art facilities and provides students with access to the industry’s best trainers and work experience opportunities.

To apply download the Ivy College Enrolment Form.


Study Period 1

  • Makeup and Hair Design

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Design, apply and remove make-up (CUAMUP401)
    - Interpret and respond to a design brief (BSBDES402)
    - Style hair for performance or productions (CUAMUP403)

  • Photography Makeup

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Design and apply make-up for photography (SHBBMUP00)

  • Presentations

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Make a presentation (BSBCMM401)

Study Period 2

  • Specialist Hair and Makeup Design
    for Performing Arts

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Design and apply specialised make-up. (CUAMUP502)
    - Maintain make-up and hair continuity (CUAMUP402)- Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions (CUAMUP404)
    - Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work (CUAPPR405)

  • Creative Thinking

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Originate and develop concepts (BSBCRT501)

Study Period 3

  • Designing Special effects
    Makeup and Prosthetics

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Design apply special make-up effects. (CUAMUP503)
    - Create prosthetics for special make-up effects (CUAMUP504)
    - Establish and maintain safe creative practice (CUAPPR505)
    - Collaborate in a creative process (BSBCRT402)

  • Creative Arts

    Unit of Competency Name:
    - Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge (CUAIND502)

The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media is designed to equip students with a sound theoretical knowledge base and range of specialised skills in the area of specialist make-up services, opening the door to a career as a professional make-up artist.

​The Makeup Institute delivers high quality training in state of the art facilities and provides students access to the industry’s best trainers and work experience opportunities.

​This qualification is intended to lead to the following job roles:

  • ​Make-up artist for film, theatre, fashion or television
  • Hair stylist for film, theatre, fashion or television
  • Special make-up effects artist for film, theatre, fashion or TV
  • Bridal make-up artist
  • Photographic make-up artist

Student Support Team

Our friendly Student Support Team are available to assist you with any student administration enquiry. You may access this support by either logging into myIVY, telephone or email. (i)

Trainer Support

At Ivy we believe there’s no such thing as too much support.

Your experienced trainer is available to offer help and advice at every stage of the course, starting with a welcome telephone call during orientation. Throughout your studies you may contact your trainer with any course-related query by logging into myIVY, telephone, LiveChat or video conference – based on your needs. As you may be juggling study with work or other commitments your trainer is also available to assist at designated times outside of business hours.

If you would like additional support you also have access to one-day workshops, where you can gain one-on-one support from your trainer. (i)

Technical Support

The technical support team is available to assist you with password resets, myIVY features and functionality and other general technical enquiries.  Simply raise a support ticket through myIVY or telephone during business hours. (i)

Student Networking 

You will have many opportunities to interact with your course peers, including supporting each other via online discussion forums. Friendly debates can often turn into excellent learning opportunities! If attending the workshops you will meet your peers in person and may develop and build relationships that last well and truly past your course end date.

Entry requirements

The minimum age for students enrolling in the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media with Ivy College is 18 years at time of enrolment.

To enrol, you will need capability in English and mathematics to at least Year 12 level. To show evidence of this capability, during the enrolment process you will need to have satisfied the following:

  • Provide a copy of your senior secondary certificate in education or equivalent, or
  • Provide a copy of a nationally recognised diploma or higher qualification (completed within the last 5 years), or
  • Successfully complete the Entry Test

All students are also required to have a unique email address and access to a computer with an internet connection.

Technology requirements

Upon successful application, you will gain access to myIVY, your purpose-built learning management system, in order to complete your coursework and assessment tasks. To do this you will need access to a computer satisfying the following minimum systems requirements:

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest versions available for free download at Adobe website)

Internet: Supported browsers include Firefox 3+, Google Chrome 4+, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Opera 9+, Safari 3+ (download latest browser software for free online).  You will need a reliable internet connection, preferably Broadband (64 Kbit/sec or faster)

Access to a printer and digital camera/recording device may be required.

The Makeup Institute.

Taught by industry leaders, The Makeup Institute delivers quality training in a dynamic and engaging environment with state of the art facilities. Combining industry workplace training with Australia’s leading make-up artists and creatives.

Students entering The Makeup Institute will become part of a community alive with creativity and surrounded by people who love what they do.

The Makeup Institute is located in our new state-of-the-art facilities Ground Floor, 53 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008. Centrally located only minutes from Central Station and Sydney CBD.

Kryolan Professional Make-up


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With over 70 years in the industry, Kryolan is the one true professional make-up brands. Kryolan make-up is a staple in top make-up artists’ kits worldwide. True professional make-up is durable, long lasting, densely pigmented and translates well into film and photographic mediums. Kryolan offers thousands of products in various mediums to address all needs in the creative industry, however Kryolan is more than a brand. We not only value the creation of art, but the creation of ethical and sustainable art. Every time you use a Kryolan product, know that your product was created with the future in mind – a future of sustainable creativity.

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If you are an Australian citizen and meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for VET FEE-HELP*. Study now, pay later.

Students are required to undertake a Work Placement and secure a suitable Workplace Supervisor within a salon environment. If needed, Ivy can assist students to secure an appropriate work placement.  Any student unable to access a work placement will be given the opportunity to practice, demonstrate and apply the required skills and knowledge at Ivy College workshops (utilising a simulated or real beauty clinic environment).

Study hours include reading and understanding course materials in myIVY, attending workshops, attempting practice activities, communicating with trainer, completing assessment tasks and work placement.

Prices subject to change

Job Outcomes

Film/Television Specialist Effects Make-Up Artist

Get a backstage pass as a special effects make-up artist! Typically employed in the entertainment industry, a special effects make-up artist uses wigs, make-up, prosthetics and other tools to create the desired look on a live performer or a special effects prop.

Make-Up and Hair Designer

Make-Up and Hair Designers lead the overall design and application of make-up and hair ensuring its continuity throughout pre-production and production of film or TV. They often working closely with Directors, Performers, Costume Designers and more!

Freelance Make-Up Artist

Perfect for those who want to be their own boss, Freelance Make-Up Artists enjoy creative freedom while building strong networks to drive business. Freelance Make-Up Artists can specialise in bridal, special occasion and editorial makeup design and application.

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