Certificate IV in Makeup [CUF40407] is designed for those who wish to work professionally in the film, television, theatrical, fashion, bridal and photographic industries.


Two evenings per week for a period of 12 months or 3 days per week for a period of 9 months.


The Certificate IV in Makeup has two intakes per course per year. Commencement dates and terms are structured according to the school year.




Diploma students must complete 60 hours of workplace training. This could include: Repertory, Canberra youth ballet, bridal make-ups, fashion parades, photoshoots, hair shows, face painting, video clips, short film productions, bridal shows, etc. CMA graduates have developed their portfolios through their dedication to work place training. Upon graduating, their services have been engaged for a wide variety of high profile services, including: 60 Minutes, The Footy Show, Wide World of Sports, ABC Nightly News, Channel 10 Nightly News, Lateline, 7.30 Report, MAC Makeup, benefit cosmetics, Sydney fashion week, RAFW- Melbourne fashion week, FHM Magazine, Ralph Magazine, Gucci NY, Canberra Capitals, burlesque bonanza etc. CMA graduates have worked for numerous photographic studios, modelling agencies and have completed numerous television commercials. Some CMA graduates have worked with celebrities and high profiled politicians such as Prime Minister John Howard, Ray Martin, Nicky Webster, Jessica Mauboy, Jessie London and Toby Allan.


The academy is designed with individual, illuminated workstations for each participant. Two fully equipped computer labs are also available onsite for student use. Students have access to CMA’s online learning management system, providing access to assessment tasks, additional learning resources, demonstration videos, practical notes and procedures, online quizzes, forum discussion and ongoing trainer support. A selection of relevant books is available to all participants for research and reference.


CMA holds an annual graduation dinner, which costs approximately $110 per graduating student. Students are permitted to invite as many guests as they choose. One uniform is provided free of charge to each student. Additional uniforms may be purchased for $49 each.


$500 per professional makeup kit. This is a comprehensive kit of equipment and materials designed to allow you to practice outside of contact hours, attend work experience and begin professional work within your field of study. The materials and equipment contained within these kits become the property of the student once purchased. Students are supplied with additional materials and equipment for use during contact hours at CMA.


CMA’s online system provides students with access to all their course materials in a single place. This includes textbooks, presentations, images, videos, course notes and inspo sites as well as providing access to assignments and our easy upload system for assessment submission. This compliments your class-room learning and ensures you have all the information you need at your finger tips. Students need to have a tablet or laptop to participate.


An appointment for a personal interview may be arranged with the Student Liaison Officer. During this interview we will discuss the course content in detail and answer any questions you may have. As placements are limited, the prospective student’s suitability may also be assessed.

You may enrol by completing an enrolment form and paying a $500 deposit to secure your placement, alternatively, you can enrol online.


Previous work experience or training courses may enable us to deem you competent in certain areas, which will allow exemption from some modules. This process is referred to as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning ‘ (RPL). As a Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally recognised training, CMA can assist you with this process. Please contact the office to request an application form. Application for RPL must occur prior to course commencement.


Graduates of this program work as a professional makeup artist for film, television, theatre, photography, bridal, catwalk, fashion and editorial fields. This program articulates directly into the Diploma in Specialised Makeup Services (CUF50407).  Further additional study may include photography, hairdressing, and/or beauty therapy.


Design, apply and remove makeup CUFMUP401A
Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills BSBCRT301
Collaborate in a creative process BSBCRT402
Conduct research CUFRES401A
Make a presentation BSBCMM401
Work effectively in the screen and media industries CUFIND301B
Provide services on a freelance basis CUFIND401A.
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business BSBSMB401.
Follow occupational heath and safety procedures CUSOHS301A.
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS201
Style hair for performances or productions CUFMUP403A
Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions CUFMUP404A
Maintain continuity of performer’s appearance CUFMUP402A


High Fashion
Intimate Productions
Latex Ageing
Character Design
Period Design
Presenter Makeup

More information about this qualification can be found on the training.gov.au website http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUF40407

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