Diploma of Screen & Media (Specialist Makeup)

Learn the skills to join an exciting industry with great job opportunities for flexibility, flair, and high job satisfaction.

Why choose this course?

Take your love of makeup to the stage and screen with the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup), a nationally recognised course covering everything from makeup basics to high-fashion photography and prosthetics. 

Suitable for beginners and working professionals, this course will give you the skills to pursue a career in film, tv, theatre or fashion and teach you how to thrive as a freelance makeup artist.

Study at one of six world-class campuses in Maroochydore, Toowoomba, Chermside, Cairns, Southport, and Ipswich


What you'll learn…

Learn the foundations of makeup artistry and ignite your creativity across a range of specialist areas, including:

  • Makeup fundamentals
  • Makeup design and planning for weddings, formals and special events
  • Special effects makeup (SPFX ) for film and TV, exploring wounds, scars, facial features and prosthetics
  • Creative hair and makeup for performances and productions, from traditional to modern-day styling 
  • Makeup design for professional photography 
  • Design brief creation, collaboration and application
  • Freelance makeup artist business planning and marketing 

Build your portfolio

Produce a professional portfolio and gain valuable experience with regular photo shoots scheduled each term (total of four).  

Pathways to higher learning 

Study the Diploma of Screen and Media [CUA51020] to unlock credits and pathways to higher learning degrees, including a Bachelor of Business. Add a Certificate III in Hairdressing for a power-packed dual qualification.

Course Fees

Course tuition fees for the Diploma of Screen and Media Makeup [CUA51020] total $18,267 including GST.  

Vet Student Loans

Eligible students will receive $16,788 toward the total balance, leaving a gap of $1,479 to pay. 

Set up automatic gap instalment payments with a flexible payment plan of $31.44 per week, including direct debit fees. 

You must undertake an LLN Assessment to apply for a VET Student Loan. 

Total VSL repayments: $20,145.60

Other payment options:

Not eligible for a VSL? We offer a range of payment options to help you cover the gap fee plus material expenses. Give us a call to explore the best solution for you. 

What’s Included

Course Units - Study Your Way

The core units are delivered across 12 Months (full-time) as follows:

Face-to-face learning

Flexible, teacher-guided independent study

Portfolio of work


CUAPPR411 – Realise a creative project
CUAIND412 – Provide freelance services
CUAIND512 – Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPPR515 – Establish and maintain safe creative practice


CUAMUP411 – Design, Apply & Remove Makeup
SHBBMUP010 – Design makeup for photography
SHBBMUP011 – Design and apply remedial camouflage makeup
CUAMUP512 – Design and apply specialised make-up
CUAMUP413 – Style hair for productions
CUAMUP414 – Style wigs and hairpieces for production
SHBHDES004 – Create classic long hair up-styles
BSBPMG430 – Undertake project work
CUARES412 – Conduct research
CUAMUP412 – Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUAMUP513 – Design and apply special make-up effects

Our Campuses

Study at one of six world-class campuses across Queensland, learning from expert trainers in a hands-on, inclusive environment.


794 Gympie Road,
Chermside QLD 4032

Sunshine Coast

9/31-33 Plaza Parade
Maroochydore QLD 4558

Gold Coast

2/83 Scarborough Street
Southport Qld 4215


132 Grafton Street
Cairns QLD 4870


18 Duggan Street
Toowoomba City, QLD 4350


Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre
North Ipswich, Queensland 4305

Career Outcomes

Job options

Our Diploma of Screen and Media [CUA51020] will prepare you with the skills & knowledge to enjoy an exciting makeup career in a range of industry roles, like:

Earning potential

As a qualified makeup artist, you can earn an average salary of $45,000 to $60,000 per year in Australia. Special effects makeup artists can earn up to $128,000+ per year, depending upon experience. 

Higher learning pathways

The Diploma of Screen and Media [CUA51020] unlocks credits and pathways to higher learning, including our (dual qualification) Certificate III in Hairdressing [SHB30416].


Bella Rose

Diploma of Screen & Media (Makeup)

Studying at Demi International Beauty Academy was one of the best things I ever did for myself.

I obtained a Diploma in Screen and Media Makeup in 2018 alongside some brilliant students and an amazing, informative and friendly teacher. Within 3 months I was already getting paid as a Makeup Artist working for myself and after 4 months I was hired as a HMUA for an award winning photographic studio. Two weeks after competing my diploma I was selected as the Makeup Director for Aura Makeup Australia and will be taking charge of the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival. I am thrilled with my outcome and I owe it all to Demi International!

Secure your place now

Enrol online in less than 10 minutes, with a few simple steps:

One of our friendly course advisors will be in touch when we receive your enrolment and deposit. Next, we’ll send you everything you need to get started, including a welcome email, your Canvas login, and a payment plan setup link. 

You will be invited to an Orientation Day at your campus, scheduled a few weeks before your course begins. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow students, get to know your campus and collect your uniform in preparation for your first day. 

Need more information?

Our course advisors are here to help. They can talk you through how the course is delivered, what you’ll learn and what you need to bring, along with funding and payment options. 

When you’re ready to enrol, your course advisor will step you through the application and deposit process, send across relevant paperwork and links, then arrange your orientation and uniform collection.  

Contact (03) 5309 6635 or arrange a callback here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between the makeup courses – Dual certificate III Beauty and Makeup and Screen and Media?
    Screen and Media is part of the Creative Arts training package. Where the Dual Cert III focuses on glamour, brides, and formal and basic creative or occasion makeup the Screen and Media Diploma include hairstyling, prosthetics, training for freelance work, and learning to work with film lighting, and design briefs. It’s much more in-depth for people looking to make a career as a professional makeup artist. Graduates seek employment in TV, Film, Media, Festivals, Fashion, Sephora, Mecca.
  2. Do I have to have any makeup skills to do this course?
    No, you will be taught all the basics and build your skills each term with a specific focus.
  3. Can I complete this while I am at high school?
    Yes, with only 1 day attendance a week, you can complete this Diploma in makeup artistry prior to graduating with your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  4. Can I complete this course online?
    No, This is a very practical course, and you are building your practical skills under the supervision of an expert makeup artist. To really make sure you achieve excellence in your practical work, you need to attend F2F training.

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Graduate Testimonials


Tahlia Kirk

Demi International Beauty Academy is a great school to study make up and beauty services. The Diploma of Screen and Media is a great course as you learn so many interesting make up facts and learn how to perfect your make up whether it be glamour make up or special effects. It is also great that they get guest speakers come into the class to show you products or how to create make up looks. The teachers are wonderful and are always there to help you along the way. Over the past year at school I have made some friends that I hope to have for life. I would recommend Demi International to anyone willing to start their career in freelance make up or special effects.


Bella Rose

Studying at Demi International Beauty Academy was one of the best things I ever did for myself. I obtained a Diploma in Screen and Media in 2018 alongside some brilliant students and an amazing, informative and friendly teacher. Within 3 months I was already getting paid as a Makeup Artist working for myself and after 4 months I was hired as a HMUA for an award winning photographic studio. Two weeks after competing my diploma I was selected as the Makeup Director for Aura Makeup Australia and will be taking charge of the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival. I am thrilled with my outcome and I owe it all to Demi International!

Meet your Instructors

It’s really important to us that we give you the best education possible. Our instructors are experts in their regions. Together they have over 30 years of working in the industry in a variety of fields, including business and specialty training. Our trainers and assessors are highly qualified, they all meet the Australian Governments guidelines for Registered Training Organisations.


Melissa Christie

Sunshine Coast Campus

Melissa started her career by combining her management experience with her makeup skills and becoming the Chief Stewardess, managing the Spa and Makeup studio onboard luxury superyachts. She has trained in the UK, Italy and Sydney. Worked as a consultant and MUA for Estee Lauder, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford and La Mer. Makeup is my passion and doesn’t feel like work for me. The face is my canvas and my makeup studio is my playground.

Chelsey Harris

Chelsey Harris

Cairns Campus

 For the past 18 years, I have operated my own business in Far North Queensland, of CK Hair Mobile hairdressing & Makeup. I work mainly as a colour specialist and have several regular clients. My career highlights so far would be having the pleasure of looking after several Australian celebrities including Christine Anu. In my class, I will be creating a hands-on approach to learning. I want to inspire students to reach their full potential in the hair and beauty industry. 


Ashley Stephens

Brisbane Campus

I specialise in beauty and fashion makeup, having years of experience working with numerous photographers on fashion shows and photoshoots.

I enjoy the fast-paced lifestyle of a busy makeup artist, but I also love my time in class with my students. It’s so rewarding being able to witness my students grow as creative professionals and realise their full potential.

Tina Donaldson

Tina Donaldson

Toowoomba Campus

I started hairdressing in 1993, managing my first salon. Shortly after this, I did every course in beauty and hair I could get into. I trained with Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden in Melbourne and managed their events in Victoria. I started my first business in 2004 with a focus on weddings with a holistic approach.

I have worked with celebrities, been published in Cosmo Bride and won an International award for my work at Elizabeth Arden

I am a life-long learner. I absolutely enjoy learning new information and skills. I look forward to passing on my experience to all the students coming to train with me at Demi International.

Special Guests

All included in the cost of your course. Because we want to give you the most! You’ll also have special guests who are experts in their field come to visit your class to upskill you, Experts like Jessica Lynn, Bree Logan, Danielle Snashall, Chad Atkinson, Sue Kim and Michelle Michaelson


Jess Lynn

Professional Makeup Artist
and SPFX Guru

I am Jessica Lynn and I specialise in special effects makeup. I am self-taught and began doing this just over 5 years ago kind of by accident. It has become my passion and has taken me on a very colourful and exciting journey. My plan at Demi International is to bring SPFX to life with my humour, passion and madness! There are no limits to what can be done with SPFX and the ride it can take you on is filled with laughter, blood, guts, gore, glitter and creatures! I can guarantee there won’t be one boring moment as I am here to shake things up and show my students just how amazing the world of SPFX can be!


Bree Logan

Professional Makeup Artist SPFX Guru

Bree has completed a diploma in specialist makeup services as well as an international diploma in fashion, theatre and media makeup. Bree has also been recognised for her work as a state makeup artist for Cosmopolitan Models and the Miss World Australia state and national finals. Most recently with Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Bree had the opportunity to travel to China as the makeup design consultant and subject matter expert for the new Lionsgate Entertainment World theme park.


Danielle Snashall

Professional Makeup

Danielle has had an exciting career working with both Australian and International film stars. She started in mainstream television studios on a freelance basis until she turned her attention to Drama. Specifically, one show sparked a love for special effects (All Saints) where she worked closely with nurses and the Art department and created all kinds of wounds, Limbs and operation scenes. She then completed further training with Rick Connelly FX studios and went on to assist him on both wolf creek 1 and 2. She has worked on Great Gatsby, Wolverine, Mad Max Fury Road to name a few more.


Michelle Michaelson

Professional Makeup Artist SPFX Specialist

Michelle has worked on 20+ model live runway shows where she has designed makeup looks to showcase the designer’s creations. She has worked backstage in theatre and the fashion industry, in wardrobe, makeup and styling and was fortunate to work with Miranda Kerr early in her career.


Sue Kim

Professional Makeup Artist
and SPFX Guru

Sue Kim is very well-known in the makeup industry in Cairns. Her incredible special effects work, and photo shoots have given her a reputation as one of the best in the industry. Working with filmmakers, photographers and collaboratively for causes that matter.

Ready to


Call us on (07) 5309 6635. We are available weekdays 9am – 5pm (AEST).

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