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    • Course code
    • Location
    • Length
      Part Time

      2 years

      Full Time

      1 year

    • How to Apply
      Through VTAC with a Personal Statement form accessed through the VTAC user account

    Diploma of Specialist Make-up

    Turn your passion for hair and make-up into a creative and exciting career.

    When you complete the Diploma of Specialist Make-up, you’ll be able to create impressive make-up effects for catwalk, runway, high fashion hotography, bridal and special occasion events.

    You’ll also learn how to produce special effects with air brush body paint, makeup, wigs, hair and prosthetics for film, TV and stage.

    Study now and pay later with VET FEE-HELP, which is available for this course to eligible students. Find out if you could be eligible for VET FEE-HELP.

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      During the course you’ll develop practical skills in areas such as make-up application for special effects and photography; design brief interpretation; project management; hair and wig styling for performances; creative research and collaboration; prosthetic creation; and workplace safety.

      Experienced teachers, who are experts in the field, will guide you through the program, which involves a combination of theoretical study and practical experience.

      This nationally recognised qualification may lead to employment in TV, film, photography, beauty or retail fields working as a specialist make-up artist.

      The course can be completed part time over two years or full time over one year. It is also offered as a VET in Schools program.

      Once complete, this qualification can provide a pathway to relevant Bachelor degree courses. And you will be able to gain credit for your studies, which means you’ll complete your degree sooner.

      Chisholm TAFE is the largest provider of tertiary and vocational education in Melbourne's south east. With state-of-the-art facilities, professional training and support, you'll enjoy studying at Chisholm. So why wait? Enquire now.

    • Possible job outcomes

        Specialist make-up artist

    • Sample units of study

      SIBXFAS202A - Design and apply make-up for photography

      BSBDES402A - Interpret and respond to a design brief

      CUFMUP402A - Maintain make-up and hair continuity

      BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

      CUFIND401A - Provide services on a freelance basis

      CUFRES401A - Conduct research

      BSBPMG510A - Manage projects

      CUFMUP401A - Design, apply and remove make-up

      BSBCRT402A - Collaborate in a creative process

      CUFMUP403A - Style hair for performances or productions

      BSBCRT301A - Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

      CUFMUP503A - Create prosthetics for special make-up effects

      CUFMUP501A - Design and apply specialised make-up

      CUFMUP404A - Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions

      CUFMUP502A - Design and apply special make-up effects

      BSBOHS509A - Ensure a safe workplace

      ICPMM321C - Capture a digital image

    • Costs

      Indicative annual tuition fee* (GST Exempt):
      Government subsidised: $6262.50
      Government subsidised concession:
      Full fee: $9602.50 There is no concession available for this course

      Materials fee: $1935.00  per year  (GST Inclusive)

      Student services and amenities fee**: $175.00  per year  (GST Inclusive)

      Ancillary fee: $25.00

      *Indicative fees as published are based on typical annual student contact hours per course, and are subject to change, given individual circumstances at enrolment.
      ** Concession rate $75, but only if concession rates are applicable for this course.
      Check here to see if you are eligible for government-subsidised training. Training to eligible students is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding.

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    Applying and Enrolling

    To enrol at Chisholm, you need to apply, and then be accepted. Procedures to apply for courses vary. A TAFE application may go through VTAC, for example. In other cases the application may be direct to Chisholm or through your employer or school.

    With a successful Chisholm Institute of TAFE application, in some cases,  you may need to attend an information session or submit a portfolio prior to completing your enrolment.

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