Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

National Code: CUA51015
TAFE SA Code: TP01157


Is entering the makeup industry your dream? Whether you have some makeup and hair skills or absolutely none, the Diploma in Screen and Media - Specialist Makeup will prepare you to work in all aspects of the makeup industry including photographic, airbrushed and fashion makeup and theatrical and screen special effects makeup. Students will learn how to work in the media industry by collaborating with students at the Adelaide College of the Arts to work on films, stage, TV and VFX productions, giving them priceless real-world experience and connections within the industry. This ensures that graduates are industry ready to work in the ever-growing screen and media industry.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an incidentals cost of $1,100.00 for Make-up Kit and cost of materials used during training in the commercial salons. Additional kits up to $300 may be required subject to elective unit choice. Uniform recommended.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) (CUA51015)
    The course starts with beauty, photographic, airbrushed and fashion makeup, including photographic shoots, then progresses to theatrical and screen special effects makeup including trauma; bald caps; hair and beard application; blood effects; aging; and body painting. The course delivers basic to advanced creative hair styling and graduates will confidently enter the industry and successfully style hair and wigs for photography, films and theatrical productions of varying eras. The course culminates with students designing, sculpting, fabricating, airbrushing and applying encapsulated-silicone and foam latex prosthetics, to create an entire original character. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 12 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30
    Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
    Originate and develop concepts 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Capture photographic images 50
    Conduct research 30
    Create prosthetics for special make-up effects 110
    Design and apply special make-up effects 60
    Design and apply specialised make-up 65
    Design and style long hair creatively 50
    Design, apply and remove make-up 160
    Interpret and respond to a design brief 20
    Maintain make-up and hair continuity 160
    Plan small business finances 50
    Style hair for performances or productions 60
    Undertake project work 60
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