Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services



Get ready for a big, non-stop, action packed course! The Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services covers makeup and hair for film, television, fashion, editorial and special effects and is the highest qualification you can receive in Australia. For those passionate about the art of makeup effects, character and creature makeup, the Diploma of Screen and Media is the course for you.

This course also gives you all the skills and knowledge you’ll need to start working immediately. Choose between two streams, majoring in Cinemagraphic Makeup or Fashion, Editorial and Productions. If you dream of being a makeup artist or having the ability to work in any makeup industry, this is the course for you!

Welcome to the ultimate makeup diploma where you will be trained by respected industry professionals.


Study Option Duration Start Date
Full Time: Two days per week, 9am - 4:30pm 12 months July 15, 2019 ENROL
Part Time: One day per week, 9am - 4:30pm 24 months July 15, 2019 ENROL


Study Option Duration Start Date
Full Time: Two days per week, 9am - 4:30pm 12 months July 15, 2019 ENROL
Part Time: One day per week, 9am - 4:30pm OR 2 evenings per week 5:30 - 9pm 24 months July 15, 2019 ENROL

Dependent on the stream you elect, you course will cover the following topics.

All streams
Wounds and injuries Prop moulding and casting Film day and evening makeup
Cranial makeup Industry networking Historical makeup
Aging makeup Make and apply bald caps Portfolios and presentations
Airbrushing Makeup application and removal Design, manufacture and cast prosthetics
Body painting Facial hair and postiche design Fashion makeup
Hair and wig styling Concept development Film scripts and call sheets, continuity recording and breakdowns
Fashion, Editorial and Productions stream
Editorial Makeup Fashion makeup Photographic makeup
Social media engagement Bridal hair and makeup Freelance artist development
Cinemagraphic Makeup stream
3D body forms and mould making Makeup for HD filming Concept drawing
Pitching designs Film character development  

To achieve the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Makeup Services, a total of 15 units must be completed. Please note that the Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup may alter the unit selection from time to time. For more information about this unit of competency, please visit training.gov.au

How we teach and the focus of your work and assessments will be contextualised depended on the stream you elect. This will ensure that you are prepared best for the type of industry you wwant to work in.


CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up
CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions
CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up
CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects
CUAMUP504 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
CUAPRP402 Use casting and moulding techniques to make props
CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions
BSBREL401 Establish networks
ELECTIVE UNITS - Fashion, Editorial and Productions stream
BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement
SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
ELECTIVE UNITS - Cinemagraphic Makeup stream
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts

The Diploma of Screen and Media course offers a broad range of skills and techniques, which increases your employment opportunities in a diverse range of industries such as: 

Film and television makeup artist, hair stylist Freelance makeup artist and business owner
Prosthetic workshop technician prosthetic artist Fashion & editorial hair stylist and makeup artist
Body/face painter Airbrush makeup artist
Wig stylist Hair stylist
Props maker Cosplay makeup artist
Special Effects artist Theatre and productions makeup artist
Bridal and events hair and makeup artist  


A digital portfolio of images from professional photo shoots, AACM uniform t-shirt, Makeup textbook for film, TV and photography, in class learning materials.


AACM will provide each student with an extensive and professionally equipped kit with reputable industry brands providing you with resources to be "on set" ready.

Students should have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) with a minimum age requirement of 16 for entry into this course. Prospective students are encouraged to attend an interview and tour of the academy.

At AACM we recommend that our students complete the Basic Makeup short course prior to undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media or have some experience as a makeup artist. This will ensure you have developed an understanding of makeup application and techniques.

This 12 month comprehensive diploma is taught by our highly skilled, industry respected and award winning film, TV, prosthetic and editorial trainers and will be sure to take your career to that next level.

Our trainers work in the fashion, editorial, 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 Elite Sin City
Planet Terror Poseidon Desperation
Masters of Horror Dead 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
nderworld, 30 days of night Mary poppins the Musical Peter Pan
Nims Island Ghost Ship House of Wax
Hunters TV Series The Inbetweeners King Kong

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.

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Standard Payment Plan Options

The interest free payment option for you. After deducting your $1,500 enrolment deposit from the total course fees, the following standard payment options are available to you.


Example for a 12 months full time enrolment:

Weekly: 52 Instalments $340 each

Fortnightly: 26 Instalments $680 each

Monthly: 12 Instalments $1,475 each


Personalised Payment Plan Options

If our Standard Payment Plan options are not suitable for you or you may not be eligible for Study Loans, we may be able to set you up with a personalised payment plan option. After deducting your enrolment deposit from the course fees, you may be able to tailor your repayments flexibly to fit your personal circumstances and affordability. Your may set your own weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayment amount, paying on an extended payment duration. Have in mind, that we won’t be releasing your portfolio, statement of attainment or qualification until your course is paid off.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly minimum limits apply, please discuss this with us directly. To be able to offer you this flexibility, a additional 10% surcharge of the course fees you want to defer through the Personalised Payment Plan applies. A fair deal, following our vision to make education affordable and worthwhile. Please familiarise yourself with the PPP Terms & Conditions.


Experience this course through the eyes of a student.


“A perfect course for anyone wanting to get into fashion, film and editorial makeup. The trainers are all working artists with so much experience and wisdom. I have developed a serious edge over other makeup artists. You cover everything!”

Lauren O, Diploma of Screen and Media

Ready to start an exciting career in the makeup industry?