Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

Jobs and Skills WA: Screen, media, makeup courses
From beauty queens to zombies — it's all here for you!

If you dream of working in film, television, advertorial or digital media creating amazing looks and special effects with your makeup skills, this is the course for you! This qualification is the highest in Australia for this field — exactly what you need to get that dream job in this competitive industry as a specialist makeup artist and/or wig and hair stylist.

You'll learn professional techniques of makeup application, wig and hair styling, special effects makeup and the creation of prosthetics to create and transform performers into characters. The brief could be to recreate a look for a particular era; make realistic looking injuries and trauma for a medical drama; create the ultimate glam; transform and/or change gender roles; create a horde of flesh-eating zombies or blood-sucking vampires; age a younger person or take an older person back in years... so many exciting things you could be doing! Learning is hands on, and this course is taught by experienced industry professionals. 


Industry: Health, Beauty and Fitness | Creative Industries |
National course code: CUA51020 | WA State ID: AC68

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You could be the next star within the makeup industry

This 12 month qualification will give you the skills to be a specialised Makeup Artist as well as a Hair and Wig Stylist and prepare you for a career working behind the scenes of films, television and theatre productions.

You'll have the opportunity to learn different techniques of makeup application, wig and hair styling, special effects and prosthetics to create and transform performers into characters that suit production briefs for musicals, plays, opera performances, movies and television. You will participate in many practical works inside and outside the classroom giving you hands on experience and the chance for your individual creativity to shine through.

The theatre, film and television industries are developing and growing rapidly with a strong demand for creative makeup artists. This course will give you the practical experience and knowledge to achieve a successful career path as a qualified creative makeup artist.

In this hands-on qualification you will learn everything from core makeup discipline through catwalk, screen, theatre and bridal, learn hairstyling for makeup artists, special effects makeup techniques including prosthetics and wig styling.

Understand the complexities of working across the creative industries with in class, real world scenarios. Be involved in live work events such as theatre productions which allows South Metropolitan TAFE students to graduate industry ready!

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