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. 


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

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Allow your artistic flare to translate into a career you’ve always dreamt of

This 12 month qualification is designed for aspiring makeup artists who would like to specialise in film, television and theatre make-up, special effects, hair and wig styling.

This comprehensive course provides you the opportunity to develop, learn and master the art of character transformation with special effects make-up and prosthetics to be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel in the dynamic world of screen and media makeup services.

You will learn different techniques that suit production briefs for films, television, plays, musicals and opera performances as well as participating in various practical works inside and outside of the training studio.

You will gain hands on experience collaborating with experienced professionals in the field, along with peers who are passionate in this creative industry.

The theatre, film and television industries are developing and growing rapidly with a strong demand for specialist makeup artists. This course will give you the tools of trade required to achieve a successful career path whilst allowing your individual creativity to shine through.

During this course you will be trained by industry specialist Manuao TeAotonga who has worked on Disney Australia’s touring production of Frozen, and designed makeup for famous musicals such as The Addams Family (Zealous Productions), The Little Mermaid (HAMA Productions), Wizard of Oz (HAMA Productions), and more.

Manuao is one of Perth’s leading make-up artists and he also performed on the stage for over 30 years around Australia, with his love of make-up leading him to work behind the scenes transforming the stars.

Become a face and hair beauty expert as you learn professional make-up techniques for catwalk, screen, bridal, as well as hair and wig styling, along with the art of special effects make-up to create the characters you see on the big screen and stage.

This qualification is the highest in Australia for this field – become job ready to begin your career as a professional creative makeup artist.

Study in specialised facilities

Gain hands-on experience in our specialised student Hair, Beauty & Massage Student Clinics working on clients and briefs, developing your style, technique and your own creative flair. Follow the clinics on Facebook.

South Metro TAFE students graduate industry ready, with involvement in live events such as theatre productions to build practical on-the-job skills, and in this course you will be offered real-life work experience in the creative industries field, which may include fashion, screen and theatre.  

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