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

National ID: CUA51020 State ID: AC68
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Lights, camera, action! Do you have a dream to become a stylist to the stars? SM TAFE is launching this new make-up qualification to help you begin your journey as a specialised make-up artist and/or hair and wig stylist in the fields of film, fashion, television and theatre.

During this course you will be trained by industry specialist Manuao TeAotonga who has recently 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. 
VET Student Loans (VSL)

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.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III
Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 2 days per week across two semesters.

At-home study

While there is no at-home study requirements for this course, students are expected to undertake their own research and practice to refine expand their knowledge and skills. 

Work placement

There is no work placement required for this course

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, and exercise book), equipment from your orientation book list and wear enclosed footwear.

Uniforms and workwear requirements:

  • Closed in shoes of any colour.
  • Black trousers, leggings or ¾ pants (no shorts, skirts, black jeans or jeans).
  • Black shirt or t-shirt with no slogans/pictures/words.

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Murdoch - Full time - On Campus

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

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