Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services



Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services





Full-Time and Part-Time

Brisbane and Melbourne campuses


  • Completed Year 10 (or equivalent)
  • Minimum age requirement of 16
  • We encourage you to attend an interview and tour of the academy prior to enrolment
  • We recommend that you complete the Basic Makeup short course prior to undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media or you have some basic experience as a makeup artist*

*This will ensure you have developed an understanding of makeup application and techniques being ready for diploma level studies



Two days per week, 9am – 4:30pm

12 Months


One day per week, 9am – 4:30pm

24 months


  • 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
  • This course is taught face-to-face at our campuses and you will have access to learning materials online

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. 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.

This is what you get

  • Student resource kit
  • All in class learning materials and all consumables, no hidden costs
  • A digital portfolio of images from professional photo shoots to start your own personal portfolio and develop your brand as a Makeup Artist
  • Access to our online learning portal for all your digital learning resources
  • A Makeup textbook for film, TV and photography
  • An AACM uniform t-shirt
  • On successful completion you will receive a statement of attainment and your nationally recognised qualification certificate

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

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
  • Wig stylist
  • Hair stylist
  • Props maker
  • Cosplay makeup artist
  • Special Effects artist
  • Theatre and productions makeup artist
  • Bridal and events hair and 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.

The Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Makeup Services is structured to suit school based learners, offering a flexible and supportive learning environment. Participating in VET can provide credit points to the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education, and/or attainment of a nationally recognised VET qualification. It can also support young people’s transitions to employment, vocational and higher education pathways. Please contact us for more information on studying this Diploma while at school.

This is what you will learn

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Editorial Makeup
  • Fashion makeup
  • Photographic makeup
  • Social media engagement
  • Bridal hair and makeup
  • Freelance artist development
  • 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 we may alter the unit selection from time to time to meet industry expectations and stay with the pulse of time.

How we teach and the focus of your work and assessments will be contextualized depended on the stream you elect. This will ensure that you are prepared best for the type of industry you want 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
BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement
SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts

Your Payment Option

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.

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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

– 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

The interest free payment option for you paying your course off while you are studying. After deducting your $1,500 enrolment deposit from the total course fees, you can opt to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments.

Download our available options: AACM 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 (PPP). After deducting your $1,500 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 picture 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 surcharge of the course fees you want to defer through the Personalised Payment Plan (PPP) applies. A fair deal, following our vision to make education affordable and worthwhile. Please familiarise yourself with the PPP Terms & Conditions.

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.

Student eligible under the Higher Level Skills program will pay a reduced course fee set as the student co-contribution fee of only $15,312.

Students eligible for concessional funding will pay a student co-contribution fee of only $14,149. You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you are an adult prisoner or if you have a disability.

The student co-contribution fee can be paid directly to AACM using one of our weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plan options. Our campus staff can talk you through the available options. Please refer to our Course Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy in our policy section.

For more information visit:

Queensland Government Higher Level Skills

Higher Level Skills student fact sheet

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Key Dates

Commencement Date
Week of the 27 January 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Mondays, 9am – 4:30pm
Tuesdays, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Fridays, 9am – 4:30pm
Commencement Date
Week of the 20 April 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Mondays, 9am – 4:30pm
Tuesdays, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Please contact us for part time options
Commencement Date
Week of the 13 July 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Wednesday, 9am – 4:30pm
Thursday, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Please contact us for part time options
Commencement Date
Week of the 27 January 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Mondays, 9am – 4:30pm
Tuesdays, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Wednesdays, 9am – 4:30pm
Commencement Date
Week of the 20 April 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Wednesday, 9am – 4:30pm
Thursday, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Please contact us for part time options
Commencement Date
Week of the 13 July 2020
Full-Time class
2 days per week
Thursday, 9am – 4:30pm
Friday, 9am – 4:30pm
Part-Time class
1 day per week
Please contact us for part time options

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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