Duration:
9 months full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Location: 
City King St
Application due dates:
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Overview

Learn the skills for a successful career as a make-up artist or technician for film, TV or photography with a Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51020 (Specialist Make-Up Services) at Victoria University Polytechnic. 

This course is delivered in the award-winning VU Block Model, where you learn and master one skill set one at a time, rather than juggling several at once. You will build confidence before moving on to the next unit, and have the flexibility of upskilling or specialising in an area.

You will 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.

You will learn to:

  • design specialised make-up
  • create special effects
  • style production hair
  • interpret design briefs
  • present photographic portfolios
  • apply body art
  • provide freelance services.

Victoria University Polytechnic is recognised as the leading make-up school in Australia. We will ensure you have all the skills to succeed as a make-up and hair stylist or designer in the creative industries. You will learn from industry professionals and gain an understanding of business plans, marketing and client interactions in the industry.

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Find out about Moss at VU, a simulated salon environment where clients can relax and experience a range of hair, barbering and beauty services in one pampering location. Students have the opportunity to perfect their skills, including customer service and retail skills. 

Careers in make-up

Possible career opportunities emerging from the completion of CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services) include:

  • air brusher
  • bridal make-up artist
  • hair and Wig stylist
  • prosthetics artist
  • special make-up effects artist.

Graduates of this qualification further venture into:

  • setting up own business
  • working in theatre
  • film and television industry.

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 CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, consisting of:

  • four (4) Core Units, and;
  • eleven (11) Elective Units, of which:
  • nine (9) 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.

Specialisations:The Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisation(s):

  • Specialist Make-up Services.

To be awarded CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services), a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, consisting of:
*four (4) Core Units, and;
*eleven (11) Elective Units, of which:

  • nine (9) units must be selected from the electives listed within the qualification, of which;

    -  six (6) units should be from Group B, and must include CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove make-up and  CUAMUP413 Style hair for productions. 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 VU Polytechnic.

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).

Core units

Elective units

Group B - Specialist make-up services

Group C - Screen and media

Group D - General

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of those who work in a range of screen and media industries, including animation, gaming and digital effects, specialist make-up services, film and television, radio and podcasting, lighting and sound, and content creation environments.They apply technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled work. They will have technical and theoretical knowledge, with depth in some areas in a field of work.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place 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.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must
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be 16 years or over by the time of commencement of the program
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complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
- undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

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 could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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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