Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services Online



Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services


$120 per week

Special Introductory Price offer extended:

Pay only $99/week

VET Student Loans available now



This course is taught online and you will have access to learning materials via Canvas, our online learning portal, and industry expert trainers who will host virtual classroom activities throughout each module.


  • Completed Year 10 (or equivalent)
  • No ATAR required
  • Minimum age requirement of 16
  • We encourage you to complete the Makeup Fundamentals online short course prior to undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media


Start monthly in our online delivery option.


Part Time – 24 Months

You will study 10 modules with each module holding selected units of competencies with set assessment requirements.

You should expect a minimum of 9 hours per week study/practice time to work through each module.


  • This is a nationally recognised qualification CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Makeup Services
  • Ask about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer options to reduce your study time and costs
  • To participate in this course, you will require hair and makeup products and equipment. AACM will provide detailed kit lists with supplier options to purchase the products you need

Ready to start an exciting career in the makeup industry?

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This is what it’s all about

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. 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.

This is what you get

  • Access to our online learning portal Canvas for all your digital learning resources
  • Interactive live class sessions and presentations
  • Practical presentations with industry experts
  • Interactive forums and discussion groups
  • Ongoing online learning support from your trainers
  • Professional supplier makeup discounts
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Access to our Alumni and industry network
  • On successful completion you will receive a statement of attainment and your nationally recognised qualification certificate

Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses will host optional boot camp sessions throughout your course. These boot camp sessions are an opportunity to attend the campus for face to face training to enhance practical skills development. Each boot camp runs for 5 days @ $1,250 and includes all product and equipment.

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
  • Editorial, fashion and photographic makeup artist
  • Freelance hair and makeup artist
  • SPFX artist
  • Retail makeup artist
  • Bridal and formal makeup artist

This comprehensive Diploma is taught by our highly skilled, industry respected and award winning trainers and will take your career to that next level.

Our trainers actually work in the fashion, editorial, film and television industry and have deep connections into the industry. This not only provides a unique learning opportunity but also keeps the course up to date including the latest industry trends and requirements.

A few movies our trainers have worked on:

  • Australia
  • Aquaman
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wolverine X-men Origins
  • Truth
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Fools Gold
  • Superman Returns
  • Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Mary Poppins the Musical
  • Peter Pan
  • Nim’s Island
  • Ghost Ship
  • House of Wax
  • Hunters TV Series
  • The Inbetweeners
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Aquamarine

Through our AACM Alumni Community we provide ongoing opportunities for work experience, employment, networking and lifelong learning. We continue to mentor and support graduates, opening up our industry network, contacts and opportunities. AACM Alumni receive special offers on AACM courses and continue to receive discounts and benefits from our industry partners.

The Alumni Community is providing our graduates a platform to discuss techniques, share their experience, enhance their network, connect with members, publish news and to share job opportunities where available. AACM is regularly contacted for work experience and paid opportunities and we advertise these exclusively to our Alumni Community.

This is what you will learn

Diploma of Screen and Media: Online Delivery – Order of Completion

  • CUAPPR505 – Establish and Maintain Safe Creative Practice
  • CUAMUP401 – Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
  • CUAMUP401 – Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
  • CUAMUP403 – Style Hair for Performances or Productions
  • BSBMKG527 – Plan Social Media Engagement
  • CUAMUP402 – Maintain Makeup and Hair Continuity
  • CUAMUP404 – Style Wigs and Hairpieces for Performances or Productions
  • SHBBMUP003 – Design and Apply Makeup for Photography
  • CUAIND402 – Provide freelance services
  • CUAMUP502 – Design and Apply Specialised Makeup
  • CUAIND502 – Maintain and Apply Creative Arts Industry Knowledge
  • BSBREL401 – Establish Networks
  • CUAACD502 – Create Observational Drawings
  • BSBDES402 – Interpret and Respond to a Design Brief
  • BSBCRT501 – Originate and Develop Concepts
  • CUAMUP503 – Design and Apply Special Makeup Effects

What is required?

To participate in this course, you will require hair and makeup products and equipment. AACM will provide detailed kit lists with supplier options to purchase the products you need. Each supplier offers Afterpay or Zip Pay options also.

We have put together a range of student kits including basic, intermediate and advanced options. Based on your budget, you can choose your preferred kit options. Prices are only indicative.

  • Textbook- $74
  • Vimeo Account- $108 annual membership
  • Module 1 and 2- Makeup Kit from $575
  • Module 3- Hair Kit from $630
  • Module 4- Wigs Kit from $199
  • Module 8 -Special Effects Kit from $300

Additional resources are required to successfully complete all assessments and obtain your qualification.

  • Desktop, tablet or mobile phone to access our learning platform
  • Good internet connection, suitable to watch videos
  • Models to practice on and for assessments
  • Photo camera/smartphone to build a portfolio of work
  • Video recording device/smartphone for practical assessments
  • A safe and well lit workstation including a mirror

Your Payment Option

VET Student Loans – or short VSL – is a loan scheme provided by the Australian Government and designed to help eligible students to pay for their tuition fees. If you are an eligible student, the guaranteed government loan will help you to make your dream to become a professional Makeup Artist come true.

Only selected quality providers are VSL approved and AACM is proud to be able to offer access to VSL from 01 January 2021 onwards. We acknowledge that tuition fees are a barrier for course entry, the ability to take out a VET Student Loan will ease the financial pressure and will enable you to focus on your studies.

Please visit our VSL Info Page for more information.

Study Loans is Australia’s first dedicated private student loan provider. They offer highly competitive rates, allowing you to borrow all or part of the course cost through a responsible funding method. You simply pay-as-you-go with simple terms and conditions. The loan option is available for students as well as parents/guardians.

Visit Study Loans today: Study Loans

Key facts:
– Study Loans is funding education only, they understand your needs
– Very competitive offer
– Convenient weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments
– Up to 48 months loan terms
– Loans from $2,001 to $15,000

Eligibility as a student taking out the loan: Student Fact Sheet
– Australian citizen or permanent resident
– Employed in a full-time, part-time or casual job
– 18 years of age or older
– Demonstrate a capacity to service the loan

Eligibility as a parent taking out the loan: Parent Fact Sheet
– Australian citizen or permanent resident
– Employed or self-employed
– Demonstrate a capacity to service the loan

The Diploma of Screen and Media is priced at $120 on a weekly basis including access to our learning portal, learning materials and online support. Please note, makeup products and student kits are not included and will need to be purchased in addition.

We refer to this as our subscription model, where you pay as you go while studying. The course fees can be paid by direct debit from a bank account or credit card.

Download our available options: AACM Payment Plan Options

Queensland’s Higher Level Skills program provides eligible students with access to subsidised training in the Diploma of Screen and Media. The principal aim is to help students gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies.

You may receive a subsidy towards your Diploma of Screen and Media if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer at school;
  • permanently reside in Queensland;
  • are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Non-concessional fees:

If you are eligible, you will pay the following student co-contribution fee towards your course fees:

Per subject Number of subjects Total student co-contribution
$660 15 $9 900

No deposit required, the remaining student co-contribution of $9 900 can be paid in 100 weekly instalments of $99 each.

Concessional fees:

If you are eligible, you will pay the following student co-contribution fee towards your course fees:

Per subject Number of subjects Total student co-contribution
$550 15 $8 250

No deposit required, the remaining student co-contribution of $8 250 can be paid in 100 weekly instalments of $82.50 each.

For more information visit:

Queensland Government Higher Level Skills

Higher Level Skills student fact sheet

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Course Recognition

As a Registered Training Organisation under ASQA (RTO 31527), our certificate and diploma level courses are nationally recognized qualifications, which are issued to students after successful completion of a course. The programs are structured in line with National Training Packages, for more information about us and our courses please visit training.gov.au. For more information about our regulatory body, please visit ASQA.

Some short courses offered from time to time may not be recognized courses. Please visit the relevant course pages on our webpage to find our more or contact us to clarify.

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