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Diploma of Screen and Media Specialist Make-Up Services

VTAC Code: CUA51015 CRICOS: 092775B VTAC Number: Prahran 6900810204

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

10 months full time

Duration

11 months

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Get ready for a beautiful career

This Diploma CUA51015 is currently awaiting accreditation to CUA51020 in 2023

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 (Specialist Make-up Services) gets you ready to join the screen and media industry as a make-up professional. This practical and hands-on course will teach you about the transformative powers of prosthetics, specialist make-up effects and wigs. Working closely with other screen or stage creatives, you’ll have real-world opportunities and hands-on experience working on film sets, in TV studios and in the theatre. With local content growing across our streaming services, the demand for Australian media professionals will grow with it, making this a great time to learn new skills in make-up.

Learn practical and technical make-up skills

This Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 (Specialist Make-up Services) will teach you how to design, apply and remove make-up and wigs for a range of different applications. You will be taught by specialist teachers with close links to the screen make-up and special effects industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s facilities will allow you to experience industry practices, with access to purpose-built classrooms with individual student workstations and our dedicated prosthetics lab. Working together with other students, you will create detailed special effects as seen on film, television and the stage. You will also collaborate with other student groups who are producing theatre, film and television productions. Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry partnerships may help you find work placement with local councils and businesses, or even for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Contour a future in make-up services

As a graduate of the Diploma of Screen and Media CUA51015 (Specialist make-up services), you will have many career paths. You might set up your own business, work at weddings and parties, or for theatre, film and television industries. Potential career outcomes include air brusher, bridal make-up artist, commercial hairstylist, hair and wig stylist, make-up artist, period hairstylist, prosthetics artist and specialist make-up effects artist.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Screen and Media - Specialist Make-Up Services CUA51015 take me?

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include Air Brusher, Bridal Make-up, Session Hair Stylist, Hair and Wig Stylist, Make-up Artist, Period Hair Stylist, Prosthetics Artist and Specialist Make-up Effects Artist.
  • Session Stylist
  • Wig Making
  • Specialist Make-up Effects Artist for Film and Video
  • Prosthetics Artist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Bridal Hair / Bridal/Formal Make-up / Airbrushing Services

Study Pathways

You may wish to take your Specialist Make-up studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended (combination of face to face learning on the Prahran campus, remote delivery, self-directed learning and project work including performances and productions)

You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year. You can organise this yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff will help you organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with the staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.

  • Performances and Productions
  • Computer Lab
  • Make-up Studio
  • Prosthetics Lab
  • Project work
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

A combination of observation, written assignments and project work, with small and large scale events based learning. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on practical learning wherever possible. This may be delivered on campus, online or in the related industry where possible. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course, depending on the unit. As required by the training package, employability skills will form part of the assessment of the qualification, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology. It is anticipated that learning activities and assessments will involve working with students and staff from other Dramatic Arts courses.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process Elective 40
BSBCRT403 EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF CREATIVITY Elective 50
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Core 30
BSBDES402 INTERPRET AND RESPOND TO A DESIGN BRIEF Elective 20
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work Elective 60
BSBREL401 ESTABLISH NETWORKS Elective 35
CUAIND502 MAINTAIN AND APPLY CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Core 50
CUAMUP401 DESIGN, APPLY AND REMOVE MAKE-UP Elective 160
CUAMUP402 MAINTAIN MAKE-UP AND HAIR CONTINUITY Elective 160
CUAMUP403 STYLE HAIR FOR PERFORMANCES OR PRODUCTIONS Elective 60
CUAMUP404 STYLE WIGS AND HAIRPIECES FOR PERFORMANCES OR PRODUCTIONS Elective 120
CUAMUP502 DESIGN AND APPLY SPECIALISED MAKE-UP Elective 65
CUAMUP503 DESIGN AND APPLY SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS Elective 60
CUAMUP504 CREATE PROSTHETICS FOR SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS Elective 110
CUAPPR505 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SAFE WORK PRACTICE Core 30

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $13350 $17450
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $13600 $17700
Per year $22750
Per semester $11375

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Full make-up kit including travelling case is included as part of the course fee. Timetable and list of any other required materials will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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Requirements

To assess applicants meet Entry Requirements - It is required that candidates undergo an interview before offer of a place can be made and submit:
  • Resume or CV of work and study experience.
  • A Written Statement with the reasons for wanting to undertake course.
  • Photograph of themselves – head and shoulders only.
  • A Folio of photographs, or drawings, or examples of application of make-up on themselves or others, design ideas and images of hair and make-up styling that inspire.
Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study at secondary or tertiary level.
Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: An interview is required before an offer can be processed.

To assess applicants meet Entry Requirements - It is required that candidates undergo an interview before offer of a place can be made and submit:
  • Resume or CV of work and study experience.
  • A Written Statement with the reasons for wanting to undertake course.
  • Photograph of themselves – head and shoulders only.
  • A Folio of photographs, or drawings, or examples of application of make-up on themselves or others, design ideas and images of hair and make-up styling that inspire.
Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study at secondary or tertiary level.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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