Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup



Your ticket to the most exciting makeup career of all, a film and television makeup artist. Exclusive to the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup, this exciting course provides students with a unique opportunity to learn from leading film and television makeup artists as they prepare you for a career in the amazing and demanding film and television industry.

Film design briefs
Character concepts
Pitching to film directors
Movie makeup budgets
Film character development
Film scripts and call sheets

3D body forms
Bald caps
Camouflage makeup

Character makeup

Cranial makeup
Day and evening makeup
Facial hair
Hair styling
Injuries and wounds
Makeup for HD filming
Mood creation
Period makeup (1920s to 1980s)
Skin tone makeup
Special effects makeup


Study Option Duration Start Date
Part Time: One day per week (Thursday), 9am - 5pm 12 months August 17, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Wednesday and Thursday), 9am-5pm 6 months October 04, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Wednesday and Thursday), 9am-5pm 6 months November 08, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Wednesday and Thursday), 9am - 5pm 6 months January 24, 2018 ENROL


Study Option Duration Start Date
Part Time: One Day per week (Saturday), 9-5pm 1 year August 12, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Thursday and Friday), 9am - 5pm 6 Months August 18, 2017 ENROL
Part Time: One Day per week (Saturday), 9-5pm 1 year September 16, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Thursday and Friday), 9am - 5pm 6 Months September 21, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Thursday and Friday), 9am - 5pm 6 Months November 02, 2017 ENROL
Full Time: Two days per week (Thursday and Friday), 9am - 5pm 6 months January 25, 2018 ENROL

Our trainers work in the film and television industry. This not only provides a unique learning opportunity but also keeps the course up to date with the latest industry technologies such as HD, 3D and digital cameras. 

A few movies our trainers have worked on:

  • Australia 
  • Kill Bill
  • The X-Files
  • The Pacific TV Mini Series 
  • Killer Elite 
  • Sin City 
  • Planet Terror 
  • Poseidon
  • Desperation
  • Masters of Horror 
  • Death Proof 
  • Wolverine X-men Origins
  • Truth
  • Pirates : Dead Men Tell No Tales 
  • Fools Gold
  • The Ruins
  • Superman Returns
  • Narnia: The Lion the witch and the Wardrobe
  • Underworld, 30 days of night
  • Mary poppins the Musical
  • Peter Pan
  • Nims Island
  • Ghost Ship
  • House of Wax
  • Hunters TV Series 
  • I Frankenstein 
  • The Inbetweeners 

This course includes:

  • 8 professionally shot photographs for your portfolio
  • 1 AACM uniform t-shirt
  • Makeup textbook for film, TV and photography
  • All learning materials


Students are required to pruchase on top of course price our Professional makeup kit and brushes stocked with popular industry professional brands used and in trend with the film industry values at $2500 (available also on payment plan terms)

Students must complete all of the units listed below to achieve the Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup qualification. Please note that the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup has the right to change or alter course hours and subject units without notice.

CMUMUP501A - Design and apply intermediate airbrushing skills for Cinematography
Learn the skills and knowledge required to consult with appropriate personnel using design concepts to plan and prepare for face and or body airbrushing. It also includes using airbrushing techniques and designs to: airbrush makeup, paint faces, stencil or free hand tattooing with airbrush paint, on faces or bodies suited for film, dramatic, artistic and character creation work. 
CMUMUP502A - Create, present and maintain 3D body forms suited for Cinematography.
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge required to create 3D (3 dimensional) body forms (limbs, hand and feet only) with realistic injuries, amputations and trauma that pertain to death, mortuary and forensic analogy of humans, aliens and creatures  suited for Cinemagraphic Feature Films. It also includes the skills and knowledge needed to maintain and present the finished forms on set during film production when required.
CUFMUP401A - Design, apply and remove makeup
This unit teaches you the skills and knowledge to design, apply and remove standard make-up for the film industry, this includes cranial, day/evening and formal makeup.
CUFMUP402A - Maintain make-up and hair continuity
Maintaining make-up and hair continuity during filming involves ensuring consistency of the appearance of performers’ make-up and hair from one take to the next. Continuity is essential to ensure smooth transitions between scenes, thus facilitating post-production editing. The process of continuity involves tracking details of each shooting session, knowing that many scenes are shot out of sequence. Accuracy in continuity is crucial in preventing costly retakes or revisions after the production phase has been completed.
CUFMUP501A - Design and apply specialised makeup
Creative use of makeup enhances the abiity of actors to portray characters. Thorough background research is required to ensure that characters are accurately represented.
CUFMUP502A - Design and apply special makeup effects
The effects produced vary widely and often involve the attachment of prosthetics and the application of make-up in order to create special features or effects, such as scars, ageing and illness.
SIBBFAS303A - Design and apply remedial camouflage makeup
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge to design and apply remedial camouflage make-up products and techniques to disguise the appearance of particular special skin conditions based  on an assessment of the facial and body areas requiring remedial camouflage. This is a cosmetic response to a number of conditions that have caused a visible alteration to the texture, colour and tone of the skin in a specific area of the face or body.
SIBBSKS302A - Apply cosmetic tanning products
This unit gives you the skills and knowledge required to perform cosmetic tanning treatments using cosmetic tanning products. It involves individual responsibility for selecting and applying cosmetic tanning products to achieve agreed outcomes and safely applying them to achieve the tanning requirements
CUFMUP503A - Create prosthetics for special makeup effects
Creating realistic prosthetics in response to special makeup design requirements. Prosthetic pieces range in size from facial parts, scars and bald caps to larger facial pieces.
BSBCMM401A - Make a presentation
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience. 
BSBDES402A - Interpret and respond to a design brief?
This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience. 
BSBFIM501A - Manage budgets and financial plans
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. As the head of a Makeup, this includes planning and implementing the Makeup budget for a production. Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the final budget results to the Director. 
CUEOHS02C - Establish and maintain a safe and secure workplace
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and monitor WHS frameworks, systems and procedures for the hair and Makeup department of a Film or TV production. 
CUVIND501B -Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to maintain industry knowledge and manage own professional practice within the creative arts industry. 

Students should have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) and should be at least 15 years of age. Applicants who have not completed Year 10 (or equivalent) should include with their application form all relevant information about their interests, studies and experience that supports their application. Prospective students will also need to attend an interview. We recommend that students only do this course if they are serious about becoming makeup artists, so they make the most of this study opportunity.

It is strongly recommended that all students complete Makeup Basics prior to starting the Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup. This ensures the best possible start to your career in makeup, and to ensure you will be able to cope with the diploma level training. Previous examples of work/ experience would be considered in place of Basic Makeup. Please speak with admin for further details.

Please note that this course requires a minimum of six (6) people to be enroled. In the unlikely situation that the minimum number of students is not reached, students will be notified at the earliest opportunity and placed in the next upcoming course intake.

The Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup not only prepares you for a career in the exciting film and television industry as a makeup artist but also allows you to work in high fashion, editorial, catwalk or wedding makeup.

The Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup is the only Australian accredited course written exclusively for the film industry by accredited and recognised film makeup professionals.

The Australian Academy of Australian Makeup continues to support students after their studies are complete. Through the AACM Alumni Network we provide ongoing opportunities for work experience, employment and networking. Our trainers also continue to mentor past students.

The Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup is a must for a career in special effects makeup.  Our trainers, who are real-world film and TV makeup artists, teach you how to Create incredibly realistic Wounds and injuries, master the art of Makeup for HD Film,  How to apply Bald caps and facial hair, camouflage makeup and even how to design and manufacture your own prosthetics. 

The Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup is a nationally recognised qualification, which is issued to students after successful completion of this course. It is the highest national cinemagraphic makeup qualification available. If partial completion is achieved by a student, a Statement of Attainment (achievement) is issued.

Australia's only specialist film and television makeup academy
Leading trainers who work in the film industry
Supported learning environment
Small class sizes
Flexible learning options


Experience this course through the eyes of a student.


“The Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup course at AACM was out of this world! Words cannot begin to describe how amazing this course is. Learning from real-life film and tv makeup artists was the best experience ever.”

Peta G, Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup

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