CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media

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Course essentials

Learn the practical and technical skills required to become a make-up artist, or technician, in the entertainment industry.

This course is offered with a Specialist Make-up Services specialisation. It prepares you to work in the television, film and theatre industry as a make-up design and special effects professional. You will extend your knowledge through the use of sculpting, body art, airbrushing and styling of hair and wigs. In this course you will also gain an understanding of business plans, marketing and client interactions necessary in this industry.


Our graduates enter the industry as freelance professionals in a variety of behind-the-scene production roles. Many have also found career-building positions in Australian network television. Australian and International graduates are also actively working in media industries in Europe, USA and Asia.

The growth in digital television and online content delivery has seen the rise of new job roles and opportunities within the industry. Industry professionals regularly turn to Victoria Polytechnic students and graduates to fill roles in all aspects of:

  • media special effects

  • body art and face painting events

  • feature film and television productions

  • theatre

  • fashion and wedding photography

  • runway

  • music clips.


Job titles

This program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as:

  • make-up artist / designer
  • hair stylist / designer
  • special make-up artist / designer.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

Course objectives

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate the work of self and/or team in the film, television, radio and interactive media industries.

Course structure

To be awarded CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, consisting of:

- three (3) core units, and;
- twelve (12) Elective Units, of which:
- ten (10) units must be selected from the electives listed within the qualification, and; 
- two (2) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and must be in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package and the University's approval.


Victoria Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):Specialist Make-up Services.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Direct applications due 4 August 2017.

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Direct applications due 4 August 2017.

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