Course details

CRICOS course code: 107526C

Level of study: Certificates & Diplomas


Learn how to apply specialist make-up for photographic, theatre, period, special effects, film, television and fashion. You will be taught all aspects of dramatic make-up including camouflage, liquid latex for special effects, body art, airbrushing and create unusual and stunning effects within the entertainment industry.

On completion you will be able to apply your acquired skills and knowledge as a qualified Specialist Makeup Artist in the in the entertainment, fashion, film, TV, theatre and beauty industries. Students with this qualification may wish to proceed to a degree level qualification, such as Bachelor of Creative Arts or pursue various employment opportunities within the Makeup Industry as a qualified Specialist Makeup Artist.

Pathways Information

After achieving this qualification, individuals may wish to undertake:

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts

Job Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills to gain various employment opportunities within the make-up industry in jobs such as make-up/hair stylist/designer, special make-up effects artist/designer and theatre, fashion photography, visual arts and film make-up artist.


Units covered during training:

CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice

CUAMUP403 Style hair performances or productions

CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances and productions

SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make up for photography

SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make up

BSBPMG522 Undertake Project work

CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity

CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up

CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Training is in a classroom setting, with a mix of practical work on clients, written work, workshops, and group discussion. Assessments include project work, demonstration of skills and participation in discussions, written assessment and presentations.

This is a practical qualification with a lot of hands-on assessment and mandatory hours that students must complete before being eligible for graduation so attendance is important to ensure successful completion of this qualification. All skills assessments will be required to be carried out on paying members of the public.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
15,000 Per Year
Read moreAdmin fee 250 (non-refundable); Material Fee 550 (Textbook & beauty kit)
Expected Jul 2023
Expected Oct 2023
52 weeks
Full time
Melbourne College of Hair and Beauty
Level 1, 1 Star Crescent
Melbourne Victoria 3008

Entry criteria

Successful completion of minimum Year 11 in Australia or equivalent in student’s country of origin OR

Holders of an AQF qualification level II and above OR

Applicants with no formal qualification and have experience within the industry may also be considered.

Are 18 years of age or above

MCOHB requires you to provide an English language test result of 5.5 or higher for IELTS or equivalent.


Melbourne College of Hair and Beauty
Level 1, 1 Star Crescent
Melbourne Victoria 3008
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