Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services (CUF50407)

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 29th of February 2016: 9:00AM - 4:30PM BRISBANE
  • Next Start Date: Monday the 29th of February 2016: 9:00AM - 4:30PM GOLD COAST

The Diploma of Makeup is designed to prepare students to work as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for fashion, bridal, retail and special effects. Students will develop a portfolio of work which will include day, evening, bridal and fashion makeup as well as casualty effects, character creation, bald caps and hair application.

During the year students will have four professional photoshoots, of which they will receive prints to include in their portfolio.

Students will have the opportunity to do make-up for fashion parades and events during the year, working with our fashion design students and also perform make-up for guest clients of all ages throughout the year.

AICD is ITEC approved, this means that our Diploma of Makeup has also been developed to the International Qualification standards of ITEC making the Diploma of Specialised MakeUp unique in that is provides students with a dual qualification (National and International). For more information on ITEC visit http://www.itecworld.co.uk

Recently, some of our AICD Make-Up Diploma students had the extraordinary opportunity to work on set for the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The team, led by AICD’s Danielle Fredericks, secretly worked behind the scenes on special effects make-up for various actors in the movie over six amazing weeks...


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Topic Areas Covered

  • Basic skincare, preparation for makeup
  • Skin structure
  • Facial Muscles, Bones of the face
  • Face Shapes
  • Eyebrow Shapes
  • Lip Shapes
  • Principles of Colour
  • Contraindications to makeup
  • Hygiene
  • Foundations/ blushes, facial toning
  • Concealing/camouflage
  • Liner pencils for lips and eyes
  • Lipstick application and lip shaping
  • Brow contouring
  • Eyeshadows/shimmers
  • Mascara application
  • Using professional brushes and care of your brushes
  • Applying your own makeup
  • Day makeup, Special occasion, Formal, Bridal, Teens, Seniors
  • False eyelash application
  • Photographic makeup
  • Airbrushing makeup application
  • Hair styling
  • Business skills

Special Effects Makeup

  • Scratches, grazes, cuts and wounds
  • Bruising
  • Scars
  • Burns
  • Sweat and tears
  • Bullet wounds
  • Broken noses
  • Stab wounds
  • Drug addict effect
  • Bald caps

Character Makeup

  • Historical and Period makeup and hair styling
  • Male to female and female to male makeup
  • Old Age
  • Animals
  • Tattoos
  • Missing teeth
  • Face painting
  • Facial hair application

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Qualification and Units of Competency

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the 'CUF50407: Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services', which is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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On successful completion of the course students will receive competencies in the following units:

Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services (CUF50407)

BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process
CUFMUP401A Design, apply and remove make-up
CUFMUP403A Style hair for performances or productions
BSBPMG510A Manage projects
BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace
CUFMUP501A Design and apply specialised make-up
CUFMUP502A Design and apply special make-up effects
CUFMUP402A Maintain make-up and hair continuity
CUFMUP503A Create prosthetics for special make-up effects
CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis
BSBCMM401A Make a presentation
BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBDES501A Implement design solutions
SIBXFAS202A Design and apply make-up for photography
CUEIND02B Research and evaluate theatrical references to inform industry practice


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Career Opportunities

  • Freelance Makeup Artist
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist for Film/TV or Theatre
  • Hair Stylist
  • Consultant/Representative for Cosmetic Companies

Course Duration:

The course runs over 36 weeks plus holiday breaks for 3 days per week from 9.00am - 4.30pm.

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

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Course Fees


Payment Options

VET FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme which assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The loan allows students to study now and pay later by deferring loan repayments until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold (in 2015-2016 this is $54,126). Once you reach the repayment threshold repayments are made to the Australian Government through the tax system.

If you are eligible for VET FEE-HELP

Students may choose to pay for all or part of their tuition fees upfront for the entire course, academic year or unit of study and/or can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan for all or part of the tuition fees. Course fees are due no later than the census date for each unit of study.

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on census dates and units of study.

If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP or choose not to apply for a VET FEE-HELP assistance:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $16,500.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $1,000.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit installments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $15,500.00

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Additional Costs

  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb drive - 2GB minimum recommended
  • A digital camera is required (a phone camera is not suitable)
  • Student's may also choose to purchase clothing, props and additional products for use in their photoshoots - as selected and desired by the student.
  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Laptop (see Below)

All learning resources & equipment will be provided for students during their course of study

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

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Domestic Students Only

International Students Please Click Here

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Attend an interview at the college and complete a questionnaire - phone (07) 55 938 335 to arrange your interview. (If you live outside the South East Qld Region and are unable to attend an interview, contact us to have the application forms posted to you).
  2. Fill out and return the Application Form (this can be completed at the interview).
  3. Student's will recieve their acceptance/non-acceptance letter and enrolment pack in the mail - including enrolment form, payment plan forms and the student handbook.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, student's who wish to enrol must submit the enrolment form with the course deposit to secure their position in the course.

Next Course Start Dates

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 29th of February 2016: 9:00AM - 4:30PM BRISBANE
  • Next Start Date: Monday the 29th of February 2016: 9:00AM - 4:30PM GOLD COAST

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