CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media

Ready to begin your career in the makeup industry? Then this course is for you.

This Diploma program is the highest qualification attainable within the makeup industry in Australia.  This means you’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge and industry contacts to start your professional makeup career.

You’ll learn the technique and practical skills to apply bridal, photography, film, runway and editorial makeup. Plus, you’ll learn hair styling, injury simulation, prosthetics and special effects. These skills will prepare you to successfully work in this endlessly creative industry, doing what you love.




 “It didn’t take me long to realise how much I could benefit in the industry by having my diploma.”

– Jessica Black, Diploma of Screen and Media graduate, influencer, blogger and qualified makeup artist.


What’s in the course?


The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media has 15 units of competency. This includes 3 core units and 12 elective units. The course covers bridal, photography, fashion, runway, film, TV presenter and editorial makeup. It also includes character design, hair styling, wig application, props, latex ageing and period makeup. It covers prosthetics, special effects, airbrushing, bald caps and industry knowledge. Additionally, you will learn how to provide lash and brow services, like lash and brow tinting and brow shaping.



Our campus has spacious, illuminated makeup studios and a photographic area. The studio rooms features mirrored walls, specialised equipment, ergonomic chairs, and product storerooms. A fully equipped computer lab is available for student use. There are also recreation areas, a retail store and kitchen facilities.




Our online system allows you to access all your course materials in the one place. This includes workbooks, presentations, demo videos, course notes and inspo sites. You also upload your assessments here, and complete quizzes. This system gives you 24 hour access to everything you need, including ongoing trainer support. Students need to have a tablet or laptop to access CMA’s learning management systems, a mobile phone is not an acceptable device.



Study part-time for 2 evenings per week for 12 months, or full-time for 2 days per week for 12 months. In addition, you’ll complete 80 work experience hours. Our classes start in February and July.  All students, except for those studying in the evening, have a two week break between terms and a Christmas break. Courses are scheduled by term and are scheduled as closely to the school holidays as possible. Part-time students do a greater volume of ‘self-directed learning’ using CMA’s online Learning Management System. Students should allow additional hours outside of contact hours to complete assessment work.


“It’s the perfect environment to develop, learn the skills and industry knowledge required to be a makeup artist. I couldn’t be more thankful to CMA, the trainers and the amazing community and friends they have introduced me to. I can’t recommend them enough to those wanting to pursue their passion.”

– Hannah Neil, Diploma of Screen and Media graduate.



Practice and perfect your skills on work experience placements. You are expected to complete 80 hours in total. The possibilities are endless. You might work on short films, live shows, theatre and dance performances, music videos, runway shows, Fashfest, photographic shoots, expos or a range of high-profile events. You might assist your trainers or other professional makeup artists on bridal makeups, fashion and editorial shoots, or creating special effects. There are countless creative opportunities. The experience will boost your confidence and improve your skills.



See the full schedule of tuition fees here. This program is a VET Student Loans approved course. A range of payment options are available. Want more info? Enquire today and we’ll be in touch.



Students must purchase a t-shirt ($49), professional starter makeup kit ($500), and a set of textbooks ($135). Hoodies are optional, and available for $59. CMA holds an annual graduation dinner, which costs no more than $110 per graduating student. You’re encouraged to invite as many guests as you like.

The professional starter makeup kit will help you to practice outside contact hours, attend work experience and begin professional work. The materials and equipment in the kit become yours once purchased. During contact hours, additional materials and equipment will be supplied to you.


professional starter makeup kit  


VET Student Loans

CMA is an approved provider of VET Student Loans. This means eligible students can defer payment of their tuition fees by accessing a government loan. It forms part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Students repay their loan through the tax system, once they are earning the minimum threshold level for repayment, which is $45,881 for the 2019-20 income year.

A VET Student Loan is a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth. VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Only a limited number of high quality providers are approved. This means CMA is a trusted, quality training provider and your learning is in good hands.


Keen to start your beautiful new career and still have questions? Make an enquiry and we’ll be in touch.

CMA’s enrolment procedure for this program is outlined here: Student Admission Procedures for Approved Courses.



Students will need to demonstrate that they hold a suitable level of language, learning and numeracy skills to complete this course.



If you have previous work experience or training, you may be eligible to receive ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL). If so, you’ll be deemed competent in those units. This will exempt you from some assessments. Application for RPL must occur prior to course commencement. Please contact the Student Liaison Manager for more details.


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Future pathways

Graduates of this program can work as a professional makeup artists for the film, television, theatre, photography, bridal, runway, fashion and editorial fields. Diploma graduates can also create injury simulation, body art, special effects and prosthetics. Further study may include photography, hairdressing or beauty therapy.


“Work hard, stay humble and enjoy the process.”

– Jessica Black, Diploma of Screen and Media graduate, influencer, blogger and qualified makeup artist.



CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up

SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography

CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services

CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity

CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions

CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions

CUAPRP401 Coordinate props

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

CUARES402 Conduct research

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make‑up

CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make‑up effects



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