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 - It’s time to make your dream make-up career a reality! This course is currently available in Sydney only.

About this course


CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services)

Nationally recognised


National code


Payment plans

Manageable payment plans to suit your budget and lifestyle.

Choose your repayment frequency:

  • Fortnightly
  • Monthly
  • Upfront payment (20% discount for upfront payments)
Course duration

12 months (approx. 28.5 study hours/week)
Full-time 3 days per week over 42 weeks with self-directed study.

Each study period is over 14 weeks.


Specialist makeup kits included as course materials (over $1,200 in value)

Delivery mode

2 days face to face practical tuition at the prestigious Actors Centre Australia and 1 day online theory.

Currently offered in Sydney only.

At Ivy College, you’ll study 3 times a week with 2 face-to-face days at the established Actors Centre Australia (ACA) in Sydney – where many celebrities and stars such as Hugh Jackman learned their craft.


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

Start dates

23rd July 2018
Applications Close 16th July 2018.

Awarded by

Accredited Courses Australia Pty Ltd RTO Code 90535


The purpose of this scholarship is to give someone who is passionate about working in the industry and has a creative talent the opportunity to gain a qualification in the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services).  Applicants will be assessed based on their personal statement, portfolio and interview questions.

The scholarship value is full tuition fees for the Diploma of Screen and Media (Makeup Specialist) to the value of $10,500.

To apply download the Ivy College Scholarship Application form. Submit your completed form to scholarships@ivy.edu.au by 30th April 2018.

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)

At Ivy College, you’ll study 3 times a week with 2 face-to-face days at the
established Actors Centre Australia (ACA) in Sydney – where many celebrities and
stars such as Hugh Jackman learned their craft.

You will also have one day of online study tutorials to help blend your
study. To accommodate a range of learning styles, we offer a unique
blended learning model centred on your needs.

This includes:

Face-to-face practical classes located at the Actors Centre Australia in
Sydney providing you with the ability to practice in live production sets
and on real-world actors.

Online theory classes and tutorials that you can study at your own
pace each week on any day of the week! If you miss a webinar, we‘ll
always send you the recording to view after!

Additional support materials such as online tutorials, web links,
handouts and readings readily accessible from Ivy’s online LMS
Regular individual or group contact with trainers via telephone, forums,
open source web-conferencing, Skype and email.

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.

Actor’s Centre Australia

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With over 30 years of experience and over 45,000 graduates and course
participants spanning 3 decades, Actors Centre Australia remains this nation’s
premier destination for aspiring actors and for those with a creative pursuit.

A trusted brand in creative education, you can expect excellence inside a
vibrant and unique education system. Actors Centre Australia also dedicates
itself to nurturing and inspiring the creative growth of the wider community and
corporate sector.

Diploma of Screen and Media students will study in a practical, real-world
setting on live production sets throughout the year!

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.

Student Stories

Graduate Siana Sanger Diploma of Beauty Therapy

“I love the flexibility at Ivy – I can study at 1am while the kids are asleep if I need to! The staff are very helpful and they get back to you as quickly as they can. There’s a lot of support available and they are all very friendly.”

Current Student Chrissy Apollini Diploma of Beauty Therapy

“The work placement and workshops are a great opportunity for you to put theory into practice. At the workshops, the Ivy staff are on hand the entire time and it's a great opportunity to meet other Ivy beauty students!”

Graduate Ryan Thomas Diploma of Beauty Therapy

“The Ivy College beauty workshops are an amazing experience – proving to me I made the right choice. I left the workshops with pure excitement - not only to continue developing my therapy skills, but also to kick-start my career.”

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1300 657 363

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Applications close 16th July 2018. Apply now to reserve your place.