CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)
This practical and intensive training provides you with the skills and knowledge to design and apply make-up, style hair, create wigs and design and make special effects and prosthetics.
Training is industry-driven with content delivered by practising professionals and guest tutors. The course is supported by Pinchgut Opera and includes site visits to the Opera Centre and Foundation Theatres.
Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to apply your skills on live performance or film projects, collaborating with students from other creative disciplines in an environment that mirrors the make-up and live performance industries.
The course includes placement on Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year, and around which all disciplines of the school unite. This gives you the opportunity to work with NIDA tutors and industry guests, and to collaborate with Acting, Design for Performance, Directing and Musical Theatre students.
Assessments take place throughout the course, allowing you to build on the skills you develop. Classes are practical, providing you with a hands-on approach to learning.
The course culminates in a presentation of a live and filmed showcase of your work in one of the NIDA theatres, attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.
Applications for 2020 will close on 31 October 2019*.
* subject to availability of audition and interview places.
About the course
Course dates and times
2019 Course dates
2020 Course dates
The vocational course CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) comprises the following units of competency:
- CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up
- CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions
- BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
- BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
- BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
- SHBHDES005 Select and apply hair extensions
- SIHHHDS408A Make wigs and hairpieces
- CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
- CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up
- CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances and productions
- CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects
- CUAMUP504 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
- CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
- CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
- BSBREL401 Establish networks
The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) has a number of valuable learning outcomes:
- Gain skills and knowledge to design and apply make-up, create wigs and style hair and hair pieces
- Learn specialist skills relating to prosthetics and special effects make-up
- Develop the ability to work as a part of a team or independently in make-up services
- Develop autonomy in responding to make-up and hair design briefs
- Develop problem solving skills for a range of collaborative situations
- Develop skills to work collaboratively with other creative professionals and performers
Essential requirements for admission
To be eligible for entry to the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) you must :
- Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course
- Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation
- Complete the interview requirements for the course
The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) is not open to international students.
- Demonstrate potential to create and/or apply make-up and hair designs
- Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
- Communicate effectively
- Respond to direction and feedback
The CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
Tuition Fees for CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)
2019 Full course fee: $16,740
2020 Full course fee: $16,920
NIDA will provide the greater part of resources and consumables required for the training. Students need to contribute $1,475 towards make-up, special FX and hair kits, which become the students’ personal property.
Further financial information
VET Student Loans
NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.
Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;
VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.
More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;
Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.
NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.
How to apply
Returning 2019 applicants: If your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account . Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.
- A passport style photograph (less than six months old, in colour, well lit, plain background).
- Proof of identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate; ID must show your date of birth).
- Evidence of your most recent qualification (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript or testamur).
- Thursday 7 November 2019
- Monday 25 November 2019
- Wednesday 27 November 2019
- Thursday 28 November 2019
- Friday 6 December 2019
Interview dates are subject to availability. You may be contacted after you have submitted your application to arrange an alternative date or time if necessary.
Applicants must attend an interview. In certain circumstances, a live interview may be arranged via online services such as Skype.
When you book an interview:
- Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training.
Ahead of the interview:
- Obtain a short testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course.
- Create a portfolio of any make-up or hair work you have done previously to bring to your interview
We are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the selection committee is final.
It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.
On the day
At the interview, you will:
- Discuss any previous experience or training
- Discuss your portfolio
- Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire
- Undertake a make-up task, using make-up and tools provided
Outcome of your interview
If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in mid-December.
As a graduate of the NIDA CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) you have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, events, television and film.
- Make-up artist
- Hair stylist
- Wig maker
- Special effects make-up designer
- Special effects make-up artist
See NIDA's list of Alumni.
If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:
Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033
Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au
Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal
NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349