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CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

National ID CUA51020 State ID AC68
Lights, camera, action! Got a dream to become a stylist to the stars?

Begin your journey as a specialised make-up artist or hair and wig stylist in film, fashion, television and theatre.

Students receive practical on-the-job skills from an industry professional with the opportunity to gain real-life work experience. 

Person stylises makeup in front of the camera.

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.


When Semester 1, 2024.

Study Mode On Campus.

During this course you will be trained by industry specialist Manuao TeAotonga who has worked on Disney Australia’s touring production of Frozen, and designed makeup for famous musicals such as The Addams Family (Zealous Productions), The Little Mermaid (HAMA Productions), Wizard of Oz (HAMA Productions), and more.

Manuao is one of Perth’s leading make-up artists and he also performed on the stage for over 30 years around Australia, with his love of make-up leading him to work behind the scenes transforming the stars.

Become a face and hair beauty expert as you learn professional make-up techniques for catwalk, screen, bridal, as well as hair and wig styling, along with the art of special effects make-up to create the characters you see on the big screen and stage.

This qualification is the highest in Australia for this field – become job ready to begin your career as a professional creative makeup artist.

Study in specialised facilities

Gain hands-on experience in our specialised student Hair, Beauty & Massage Student Clinics working on clients and briefs, developing your style, technique and your own creative flair. Follow the clinics on Facebook.

South Metro TAFE students graduate industry ready, with involvement in live events such as theatre productions to build practical on-the-job skills, and in this course you will be offered real-life work experience in the creative industries field, which may include fashion, screen and theatre.


  • Design and apply beauty and bridal makeup

  • Design and apply special effects makeup

  • Create prosthetics including foam latex application

  • Style hair, wigs and hairpieces for productions

  • Take part in creative projects

  • Create body art


  • Visually creative with an eye for colour perception.
  • Comfortable with touching people and being close to them. 
  • Interested in the application of makeup techniques and the ability to innovate.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Able to concentrate and work consistently over long periods of time.
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Able to be flexible and adapt to new teams on a regular basis. 

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Semester 1, 2024


Duration 12 Months
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

Units and fees

Semester 1, 2024

National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project $318.45 $10.25
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice $144.75 $10.25
National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
Design, apply and remove make-up
$926.40 $410.50
Style hair for productions
$347.40 $328.25
Conduct research
$173.70 $10.25
Design and apply make-up for photography
$144.75 $96.25
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
$173.70 $102.50
Create classic long hair up-styles
$115.80 $54.00
Semester 1, 2024 fee
  Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
General $2,344.95 $1,022.25 $3,367.20

Semester 2, 2024

National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services $173.70 $10.50
CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge $318.45 $10.50
National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
Maintain make-up and hair continuity
$926.40 $79.25
Style wigs and hairpieces for productions
$694.80 $370.25
Design and apply specialised make-up
$376.35 $476.00
Design and apply special make-up effects
$347.40 $317.25
Create special effects items
$289.50 $158.75
Semester 2, 2024 fee
  Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
General $3,126.60 $1,422.50 $4,549.10

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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