Certificate of Makeup Design and Production

Level 4

Do you dream about working in fashion, film, television or theatre? 

Want to see your makeup designs on the big screen? A qualification in makeup design is the first step to making your dream come true. The industry is highly creative and technical with a large range of career opportunities available worldwide to qualified makeup artists. 

The Certificate in Makeup Design and Production offers extensive, hands-on learning of a range of techniques in all areas of makeup including: beauty, high fashion and photographic, theatre, television, film and special effects makeup. If you are looking for an all-encompassing makeup programme, then this is the programme for you.

Course Content

Basic Corrective and Fashion Makeup: you begin by learning about skin care, face shapes, contouring, highlighting, and base matching. As skills increase, you complete projects ranging from natural, glamour, evening, male, mature, bridal and high fashion makeup looks to avant-garde, editorial, HDTV and modern decade interpretations.

Character and Decade: this module gives you an introduction to stage, screen and fantasy makeup, and body art. You learn to create characters using specialist techniques and also explore the history of makeup and hairstyling throughout the decades.

Special FX/Prosthetics/Aging: you will create simulated trauma and burn injuries, aging, horror looks, natural and fantasy bald caps and prosthetic applications. You will also learn to sculpt, mould, apply and paint your own basic prosthetic creations.

Hairstyling: this module covers the basic fundamentals of hairstyling, hot styling equipment and basic blow drying techniques. You will also cover up-styles, both traditional and contemporary, lace front wig application and blocking, use of hair pieces and laying on facial hair.

Photography/Portfolio: an introduction to basic model photography principles including studio portraiture and outdoor location shoots. You will produce a portfolio covering a range of course work. Hair and makeup work is critiqued on camera and captured in photo sessions throughout the course.  

Airbrushing: in this module you develop an understanding of the airbrush, its functions and its uses within makeup artistry including the application of beauty makeup, covering tattoos and creating fantasy looks.

Qualifications Awarded

Certificate in Makeup Design & Production - Level 4

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates will be qualified to begin their career as an entry-level makeup artist. Employment opportunities include: 

  • Makeup artist in industries such as fashion, film, television, theatre and modelling
  • Makeup artist in a beauty salon
  • Sales Consultant
  • Freelance Makeup Artist  

2018 Intake Dates

5 February, July 2018


41 weeks including 5 weeks of holiday.

Entry Requirements

You must:  

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Attend an interview and provide a portfolio of your work. 

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $7,652.00
  • Course related costs: $2,700-$3,000.00
  • *2018 fees are indicative costs and are subject to change. 

Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.