Learn specialist make-up skills for stage and screen

Mar 12, 2020


A make-up artist’s career can take them from the romance of a bridal party or the glamour of a fashion shoot to the horrors of a war movie and everything in between.

TAFE SA’s new Diploma of Screen and Media – Specialist Make-up Services is designed to help students develop the broad range of skills they need to work across various roles in the industry.

TAFE SA’S Merrill Gratton, Educational Manager – Hair and Beauty, says the growing local film industry is creating opportunities for make-up artists who want to work in special effects and character development.

“This new course meets the needs of the local film industry and helps prepare students for a freelance career,” she says.

“You need to have an extensive range of skills to build a successful freelance career which may encompass special event make-up, hair styling, photo shoots, theatre work and film.”

The Diploma of Screen and Media - Specialist Make-up Services will prepare students to work in all aspects of the industry including photographic, airbrushed and fashion make-up and theatrical and screen special effects make-up.

The course covers basic casualty make-up through to character development using prosthetics. Students will also design and create their own original creatures using prosthetics, which they will sculpt, mould and cure in their new inhouse Make-up Lab.

Other areas of training include hair and wig styling, creating make-up looks from different eras, and learning to assist a make-up artist, all of which are essential in creating a diverse portfolio.

The diploma also includes a unit on photography, so students can learn about the importance of lighting, angles and photo composition. This knowledge is a strong advantage when working on photo shoots and ensures graduates will be able to promote themselves more effectively on social media.

Students will also have the chance to collaborate on projects at the Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts), a specialist training venue for the performing arts.

“Our connection with AC Arts means our students can gain hands-on experience in theatre and screen work and develop great industry connections,” Merrill says.

“They’ll collaborate on films, stage, TV and VFX productions with expert lecturers and guest choreographers and directors who work in the industry.”

The Diploma of Screen and Media – Specialist Make-up Services will be offered in semester two. 

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