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1 year full time or longer for part time
City King St
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time


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.

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.

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 Victoria Polytechnic.


Victoria Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):

1. Specialist Make-up Services.

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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

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.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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