Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services


Qualifcation Name


Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Make-up Services


Editorial Stream $18,800

Prosthetics Stream: $23,300

Interest-free Payment Plans available

VET Student Loans available

Campuses Study



Full-Time, Part-Time and Fast-Track options available

Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses

Pre Requisites

Entry Requirements

  • Completed Year 10 (or equivalent)
  • No ATAR required
  • Minimum age requirement of 16
  • We encourage you to attend a tour of the academy prior to enrolment
  • We encourage our students to complete the Basic Makeup or Makeup Fundamentals short course prior to undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media, or have some experience as a makeup artist. This will ensure our students have developed an understanding of makeup application, techniques and workplace practices.

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

Start Dates


22 January 2024

15 April 2024

08 July 2024

30 September 2024

Tahira Mc Student



2 days per week, 12 Months


1 day per week, 24 months


3-4 days per week, 6 months

2-3 days per week, 9 months

Additional Information


  • This is a nationally recognised qualification CUA51020 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

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 one of 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.

The Diploma of Screen and Media in Specialist Makeup Services is your ticket to the most exciting makeup career of all. Choose between two streams: Prosthetics or Editorial.

If you dream of being a makeup artist with a broad skill set across the film, tv, productions and editorial industries, this the best suited qualification you can receive in Australia to start a career in this industry.

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
  • 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 (Prosthetics stream)
  • 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.

Benefits of participating in VET include:

  • obtaining practical skills based experience.
  • gaining familiarity on how workplaces operate.
  • developing employability skills.
  • developing and improving interpersonal skills.
  • allowing students to explore the potential career path they would like to pursue


Plan your VET studies and QCE points using the QCE PLANNER. Search for “VETE Courses” and the course code such as “CUA51020”

This is what you will learn

  • Design, apply and remove makeup
  • Avant garde makeup
  • Historical makeup
  • Hairstyling
  • Wig styling
  • Hair pieces
  • Facial hair, postiche design application and styling
  • Film scripts and call sheets
  • Creative projects
  • Safe creative practices
  • Hair and makeup continuity
  • Specialised makeup
  • Make and apply bald caps
  • Ageing makeup
  • Special Effects Makeup – Injuries and wounds
  • Prop moulding and casting
  • Create special effects items
  • Character concepts
  • Freelance services
  • Conduct research
  • Create, design and apply prosthetics (Prosthetics stream)
  • Design and apply makeup for photography (Editorial stream)

To achieve the CUA51020 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 of Competency selection from time to time to meet industry expectations and stay with the pulse of time.

To enable students to specialise, we are offering two different streams, an Editorial and Prosthetics stream. Students can chose their stream of choice or study both streams (additional course fees will apply).

The course is structured into 8 Modules, clustering relevant Unit of Competencies together. Depending on your individual stream selection and study load, you will study a selected number of Modules each term.

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.

All Streams:
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove make-up
SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
CUAMUP413 Style hair for productions
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
CUAMUP414 Style wigs and hairpieces for productions
CUAMUP412 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUARES412 Conduct research
CUAMUP512 Design and apply specialised make-up
CUAMUP513 Design and apply special make-up effects
Editorial Stream:
CUASFX411 Create special effects items
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply makeup for photography
Prosthetics Stream:
CUASFX411 Create special effects items
CUAMUP614 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
CUAMUP615 Design and apply prosthetics for special make-up effects

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.

VET Student Loans is a loan and your VET Student Loan debt (VSL debt) must be paid back at the relevant repayment rate when your repayment income is above the compulsory repayment threshold. Additional loan fees may apply.

Please visit our VSL Info Page for more information.

The interest free payment option for you paying your course off while you are studying. After deducting your $800 enrolment deposit from the total course fees, you can opt to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Our standard payment plans are designed to pay off your course fees over the duration of your course so you can graduate debt free.

If our Standard Payment Plan options are not suitable for you, we may be able to set you up with a Personalised Payment Plan (PPP). After deducting your $800 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. 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:

Commencing prior or on 31/12/2022

  • All Streams: $15,312

Commencing on or after 01/01/2023

  • Editorial Stream: $13,500
  • Prosthetics Stream: $18,000

Commencing on or after 01/01/2024

  • Editorial Stream: $14,800
  • Prosthetics Stream: $19,300

Students eligible for concessional funding will pay a student co-contribution fee of only:

Commencing prior or on 31/12/2022

  • All Streams: $14,149

Commencing on or after 01/01/2023

  • Editorial Stream: $12,100
  • Prosthetics Stream: $16,600

Commencing on or after 01/01/2024

  • Editorial Stream: $13,400
  • Prosthetics Stream: $17,900

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

Skills Assure Logo

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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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