1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
City King St
Start date:
7 February 2022
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Forge a career as a make-up artist or technician for film, TV or photography with a Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 in Specialist Make-Up Services at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You’ll learn the practical and technical skills to apply specialised make-up for:

  • feature film and television productions
  • fashion and wedding photography
  • theatre
  • music videos
  • runway
  • media special effects
  • body art and facepainting events.

Extend your knowledge as a make-up artist by learning skills in presenting of photographic portfolios in print and digital format, body art, and airbrushing. You’ll also learn to create and style wigs and hairpieces.

We will ensure you have all the skills to succeed as a make-up/hair stylist or designer in the creative industries. In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of business plans, marketing and client interactions in the industry.

Victoria University Polytechnic is recognised as the leading make-up school in Australia.

Victoria University Polytechnic has strong relationships within the fashion, entertainment and creative arts industries. You’ll have opportunities for valuable work experience and the chance to make contacts for future employment.

Our students have gained experience on the following productions:

  • Australia’s Got Talent
  • Neighbours
  • I, Frankenstein
  • King Kong
  • New York Fashion Week.

There are also regular opportunities to showcase your skills through an extensive events calendar, including community competitions and fundraising activities.

You’ll get hands-on experience at our City King student-run hairdressing and beauty salon. This salon provides the ideal training environment, where you can practice your skills while providing services to the public. You’ll learn from expert trainers and work under their guidance.

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Award-winning students

Victoria University Polytechnic hair and make-up students won two awards at the 2016 Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Apprentice, Student and Educator Awards. These awards provide an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise young achievers in the industry.

Careers in make-up

The growth in digital television and online content delivery has seen the rise of new job roles and opportunities within these industries. The Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 specialising in Specialist Make-Up Services will give you the technical skills needed for a career as a make-up artist in the creative industries.

Potential job titles include:

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

Many make-up artists are self-employed and work on a freelance basis. Major employers of these individuals include independent television companies and large film studios. Make-up artists are often employed by individuals for weddings or other important events.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of behind-the-scenes production roles in television, theatre and film with companies such as:

  • Fremantle Media
  • Channel 9
  • Opera Australia.

Australian and international graduates are also actively working in media industries in Europe, USA and Asia.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

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.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.


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

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Specialisation: Specialist Make-up Services

To be awarded this specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:

- Six (6) specialist units must be selected from Group B, and must include CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up and CUAMUP403 Style hair for performance or productions.

Core units

Group A Elective Units - Interactive Media

Group B Elective Units - Specialist Make-up Services

Group C Elective Units - Screen and Media

Group C electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group D Elective Units - General

Imported Elective Units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) approved by VU Polytechnic

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission and to identify support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

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.

How to apply

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.

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