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Program Overview

Turn Your Passion Into Your Profession

A Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services qualification will prepare you for an exciting and creative career as a Multi-Media Make-up Artist in the following areas:

  • Theatre, Film and TV
  • Bridal and Special Occasion
  • Fashion, Catwalk, and Photographic Shoots
  • And more! 
You will learn and experience what it’s really like to work and network with people in the business.



  • Our teachers – strong industry links, passionate about their craft and your success
  • VU’s strong reputation in industry - work experience opportunities
  • We get results: King Kong; I Frankenstein; Pre Disposition; INXS – Never Tear Us Apart; Neighbours; Underbelly; Wicked
  • Networking opportunities
  • Nationally accredited qualification
  • Action learning in make-up studios & on location / in the workplace
You will gain the technical skills and ability as well as work-related know-how, leaving you highly employable.



VUIT is recognised as the leading make-up school in Australia. Our courses are designed to prepare students for a career as a Media Make-up Artist in the Creative Industries. VUIT has strong industry connections in fashion and the arts, giving students the opportunity for incredible work experiences and contacts for future employment.

Job titles

  • Make-up Artist
  • Make-up/hair designer
  • Special make-up effects artist

Organisations employing Specialist Make-Up Services graduates

Many make-up artists are self-employed and work on a freelance basis. Major employers of these individuals include independent television companies and large film studios. Individuals will employ make-up artists to apply their make-up for weddings or other important events.

CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) graduates have found employment with:

  • Freemantle Media
  • Channel 9
  • Opera Australia


Salaries for make-up artists vary depending upon the reputation of the individual make-up artist and the sector of the industry in which they are involved. A make-up artist set can expect to earn $4-500 per day working on a high-profile movie, $5-600 per day on a television commercials and $150-200 per person for special event hair and makeup.


Program Requirements

This program requires all students to purchase specialised Equipment Kits, see Fees and Charges.

    Industry Requirements

    You are required to perform workplace/industry based training. Recorded in a Booklet . With our strong links and reputation in to Industry to assist you with these placements.

    The aim of the workplace/industry based training is to assist you in creating networks and contacts within the industry. Through this task you will collaborate with other professionals in the industry like models and photographers which assists your integration into the world of makeup artists, you also gain valuable knowledge regarding working in the industry

     Total hours required: 60 hours industry based training

     Each student needs to complete approximately:

    • Semester 1: 20 hours of industry based training
    • Semester 2: 40 hours of industry based training

     KEEP A RUNNING TALLY of your hours

    JOB INFORMATION page is provided in your work experience booklet and is to be completed for each job

    WORK COVER AGREEMENT is required and it is the responsibility of the student to complete the agreement with each employer in order for the cover to be valid

    HAND IN A BOOKLET to your teacher prior to the end of each semester


      Program Information Sessions

      Upcoming dates for Program information sessions are:

      • 5 December 2016
      • 25 January 2017

      Please contact us on register your interest.


        Program Fees and Charges

        Course Fees

        The program contact can provide up-todate course fees and discuss your potential eligibility for goverment funded places.


        Equipment Kits are in addition to course fees and are available from The Coop Bookshop.

        Total cost in 2016: $3,300 - $3,500*

        Fashion kit - required week 1, term 2 | $1,500 (Co-op Member price)*

        Hairstyling kit - required week 1, term 2 | $946 (Co-op Member price)*

        Wig kit - required week 9, term 2 | $256 (Co-op Member price)*

        Special FX kit - required week 1, Term 3  | $565 (Co-op Member price)*

        * Prices correct at time of publication and may be subject to change.


        Uniform is in addition to course fees and can be purchased from The Coop Bookstore:
        • Black VU T-Shirts
        • Black VU zip-up hoodie
        Please supply your own black trousers or skirt. 

        Closed in shoes must be worn at all times.

          Skills Recognition Online Tool

          If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident that you can do a particular job, but don't have a formal qualification, then Skills Recognition (RPL) will benefit you.

          A Skills Recognition online tool is available for this qaulification, which means that you can complete the process in your own time at your own pace. The online tool can be accessed here.


            Program Contact

            Erica Wells (Course Coordinator)


            Phone: (03) 9979 7872


              Your Teachers - Learn From the Best

              Your teachers include:

              Erica Wells

              Erica has worked as a professional makeup artist and hairdresser in film and television for 20 years.  Erica has over 30 film and television credits to her name including; Pirates of the Carribean, Offspring, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark; The Pacific – Emmy Award winner, Son of the Mask, Kangaroo Jack, Mission Impossible III and Moulin Rouge.

              Samantha Pattison

              Sam has been working as a professional make-up artist and hairdresser in film and television industry for 20 years. Sam's credits include; Mission Impossible,  The Pacific – Emmy Award winner, Dancing with the Stars, Farscape, Kath & Kim, Hercules, Star Wars and Ghost Rider

              Leeanne White

              Leeanne has 25 years' experience working as a professional freelance make-up artist primarily in film and television, commercials, fashion photography and catwalk:

              Leeanne's credits include: Noah's Ark (TV mini series), Good Guys Bad Guys (TV series), Last Days of Ronald Ryan, Snowy (TV series), Round the Twist (TV series), Dolphin Bay (U.S TV series), A Place to Call Home (U.S TV series), Captain Johnno (Telemovie), Flying Doctors (Mini series)

              Mary Garrett-Bond

              Mary joined Victoria University in 2001 and has over 20 years' experience working in Melbourne and London in all aspects of the industry, specliasing in hair & wigs.

              Mary's credits include: Television production in London for Hewland International/Sky Television and Channel 4, Make-up artist for television networks Channel's 7 & 10, 10 Major musical theatre productions and 38 stage productions with Opera Australia.

              Program Quick Guide

              Where:                   VU King Street Campus | 225 King Street, Melbourne

              When:                    Term 1, 2017 starts 6 February 2017

              Enrolment:            TBC

              Duration:               12 Months

              Study Type:           Blended Learning | Combination of eLearning and Practical Classes

              Study Load:          Full Time

              See the VUIT Website for more information | Click Here


                Program Structure including Practical Work Placements

                Qualification Description

                This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate the work of self and/or team in the area of specialist make-up services for the film, television and entertainment industries. They may coordinate the operation of a make-up department or business or operate on a freelance basis.

                It is likely that any candidate wishing to achieve this qualification will have already achieved generalist make-up and/or hairdressing skills although this is not a pre-requisite of the program.

                Qualification Structure

                To complete the qualification you must successfully complete 15 units (3 core and 12 elective units) delivered and assessed in 5 subject areas:

                Makeup Construction
                CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up
                BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
                CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
                BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
                Hair, Wigs and OHS
                CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
                CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions
                CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions
                Specialised Makeup
                CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up
                BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
                CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts and industry knowledge
                Specialised Effects Makeup
                BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
                BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
                CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects
                CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
                BSBPMG522 Undertake project work



                VUIT has a strong relationships within fashion and creative arts, giving students the opportunity for incredible work experiences. Our students have gained experience on the following productions:

                • Australia’s Got Talent
                • Neighbours
                • I, Frankenstein
                • New York Fashion Week
                • End of year fashion characterisation. 

                Pathway Opportunities

                Click HERE for further information on VU pathways


                  Workplace Health & Safety (including practical lab classes)

                  It is important that you are aware of health and safety in the workplace at all times. VU requires students in this course to adhere to the following requirements:

                  • Closed in shoes must be worn at all times
                  • All electrical equipment must be maintained and operated safely; the risk controlled by way of regular inspection, testing and tagging and faulty equipment removed from service for repair, reconditioning or disposal. According to Victoria University policy on “OHS Inspection, Testing & Tagging of Electrical Equipment”
                  • All Health and safety requirements applicable to each individual unit being delivered
                  • Adhere to the VU Student Charter



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