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Diploma of Screen and Media - Specialist Make-Up Services

Melbourne Polytechnic

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11 months full time





Get ready for a beautiful career

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.

CAREER PATHWAYSWhere will this take meThe 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
  • Prosthetics Artist
  • Hairstylist
  • Air Brusher
  • Make-up Artist

PathwaysYou 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.

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