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

Melbourne Polytechnic

Course details

CRICOS course code: 092775B

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) gets you ready to join the screen and media industry as a make-up professional. This practical and hands-on course will teach you about the transformative powers of prosthetics, specialist make-up effects and wigs. Working closely with other screen or stage creatives, you’ll have real-world opportunities and hands-on experience working on film sets, in TV studios and in the theatre. With local content growing across our streaming services, the demand for Australian media professionals will grow with it, making this a great time to learn new skills in make-up.

Learn practical and technical make-up skills

This Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) will teach you how to design, apply and remove make-up and wigs for a range of different applications. You will be taught by specialist teachers with close links to the screen make-up and special effects industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s facilities will allow you to experience industry practices, with access to purpose-built classrooms with individual student workstations and our dedicated prosthetics lab. Working together with other students, you will create detailed special effects as seen on film, television and the stage. You will also collaborate with other student groups who are producing theatre, film and television productions. Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry partnerships may help you find work placement with local councils and businesses, or even for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Contour a future in make-up services

As a graduate of the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist make-up services), you will have many career paths. You might set up your own business, work at weddings and parties, or for theatre, film and television industries. Potential career outcomes include air brusher, bridal make-up artist, commercial hairstylist, hair and wig stylist, make-up artist, period hairstylist, prosthetics artist and specialist make-up effects artist.


Where will this take me

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include Air Brusher, Bridal Make-up, Commercial Hair stylist, Hair and Wig Stylist, Make-up Artist, Period Hair Stylist, Prosthetics Artist and Specialist Make-up Effects Artist.

  • Specialist Make-up Effects Artist
  • Hairstylist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Air Brusher
  • Prosthetics Artist


You may wish to take your Specialist Make-up studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff.

How you learn

You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year. You can organise this yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff will help you organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with the staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.

  • Performances and Productions
  • Computer Lab
  • Make-up Studio
  • Prosthetics Lab
  • Project work
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

A combination of face to face, project work and small and large scale events based learning and assessment will be offered to candidates. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on project work. This may be delivered on campus, in the related industry or a combination of both. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
22,752 Per Year
Read moreTuition fees per semester: 11,376
06 Feb 2023 11 months
Full time
Prahran Campus
144 High Street
Melbourne Victoria 3181

Entry criteria

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.


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Preston Campus
77 St Georges Road
Melbourne Victoria 3072
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