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Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran

Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

Would you like to work on film sets, in TV studios and in the theatre? Discover how our Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) can help you exceed your goals. Learn about the transformative powers of prosthetics and special make-up effects.

In just one year, you could be qualified to work in the make-up industry

You’ll learn how to design, apply and remove make-up for a range of different applications. The course also includes specialist make-up effects and styling wigs and hair. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with prosthetics for specialist make-up effects.

During this practical and hands-on program you will discover how to design and apply make-up for performance, collaborating with other student groups who are producing theatre, film, television productions.

Industry connections and resources

Melbourne Polytechnic teachers have specialised skills in the field of make-up and are closely linked to the related industry.

A purpose-built classroom with individual student workstations allows you to experience excellent related industry practices. There is also a prosthetics lab where students work together to create detailed special effects as seen on film, television and the stage.

During the course you will be given the opportunity to work on industry-related events. These could be local council projects or even at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Employment outcomes

When you have successfully completed the course you will be ready to set up your own business, or work in the theatre, film and television industries. You will also be able to offer unique services at weddings and parties.

Work placement

You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year. You can organise this yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff will help you organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with the staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.


You will be assessed through a combination of face-to-face, project work and industry-based learning. Your employability skills will form part of the assessment, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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First Instalment AUD4,288.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD4,288.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • David Williamson Theatre
  • Creative Spaces
  • The Apprentice Restaurant
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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