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Bridging the gap between creativity and employability.

Studying at HUXLEY is an experience like no other. The HUXLEY CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course in partnership with TAFE Queensland (0275) is Australia’s most comprehensive professional makeup artistry course covering everything from core makeup discipline to advanced fashion, cinema makeup, and special effects makeup techniques. This intense program is meticulous, practical, and allows students to graduate industry ready!

HUXLEY CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course modules have been designed to even challenge qualified makeup artists although, no previous makeup skills are required to commence the course. As the name suggests, the course is specialised and designed to accelerate the students learning to meet the demands of the modern makeup industry. Through proven teaching methods delivered by extremely skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate trainers, students have an immersive experience not offered anywhere else in the world. Course materials and class content is revised every intake to ensure HUXLEY students have the most up-to-date training. With incredible portfolio shoots and in-class collaborations with major brands, HUXLEY students have opportunities that are not offered by other education providers. The HUXLEY CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course is the only course of its kind!

Since 2011, the Huxley School of Makeup has been at the forefront of makeup artistry education in Australia with graduates successfully challenging the norm, and excelling in all aspects of the makeup industry. The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course allows students to gain skills that encompass the entire spectrum of the makeup industry. Students gain the skills and knowledge to work in the fields of Film, TV, Fashion, Photographic, Bridal, E-commerce, Social Media, Theatre, and Cosmetics Industries. In class, real-world scenarios and work experience placement give HUXLEY students a deeper understanding of makeup and a competitive edge when applying for positions or booking jobs.

On completion of this course, graduating students receive an incredible portfolio of their work, shooting with the HUXLEY in-house creative team up to 14 times! Our industry pros help to inspire students, discuss their creative concepts, and troubleshoot ideas to respond to the contextual constraints of their projects, with consideration of industry practices. Every photo and video that you see on this website was created at HUXLEY. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. HUXLEY students become remarkable makeup artists with acuity for modern aesthetics by gaining industry skills, knowledge, and of course by having the opportunity to flex their creativity in a fun, safe, real-world, constructively critical environment.

Ranked among the world’s best makeup schools, graduating from HUXLEY is a prestigious achievement recognised and highly regarded by industry professionals and employers alike.

The wonderful world of makeup artistry is incredibly broad. With an $800 billion dollar global cosmetics industry and an exploding local Film and TV industry, the future is bright for aspiring makeup artists. However, choosing a pathway and a place to start can often be the hardest part. HUXLEY takes the guesswork out of the scenario, with student mentors, knowledgeable support staff, and faculty of educators who specialised across the entire scope of the makeup industry to help students discover pathways into a successful career.

CUAPPR515 |  Establish and maintain safe creative practice

CUAMUP411 |  Design, apply and remove make-up

BSBMKG546 | Develop social media engagement plans

CUAMUP512 |  Design and apply specialised make-up

CUAMUP413 |  Style hair for productions

CUAMUP412 |  Maintain make-up and hair continuity

CUAIND512 | Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge

CUAMUP513 |  Design and apply special make-up effects

CUAMUP414 |  Style wigs and hairpieces for production

CUAPPR415 | Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

CUASFX411 |  Create special effects items

BSBCRT413 |  Collaborate in a creative processes

CUAIND412 | Provide freelance services

CUAPPR411 |  Realise a creative project

CUADES511 | Implement design solutions

  • CUAMUP411 Design apply and remove make-up is a pre-requisite unit to CUAMUP513 Design and apply special make-up effects.

No entry requirements for this course.

This qualification is open to all experience levels, from a total newbie to a skilled professional. However, during the application process students must demonstrate passion, drive and determination to learn about makeup and the makeup industry to be a successful candidate.

DURATION: 28 Weeks (on-campus for 2 – 4 days/week)

STUDY MODE: On-Campus & Mixed Mode Learning (face-to-face, work experience, online, and self-directed projects)

This program is our most intense and meticulous course with exceptional results. The course is run over 28 weeks with a mixture of face-to-face classes, projects, work experience placements, and online learning. It is an immersive, practical-based program where students are personally guided throughout the course by the experience HUXLEY faculty.

This is a face-to-face course where classes are calendar scheduled, while other projects, work experience placement, and online components are flexible and self-directed. This course is designed to optimise the student experience. After years of creative arts education, the team at HUXLEY has a deep understanding of what works and how to maximise student results and outcomes. In a world where education providers are finding ways to reduce contact time and student experiences, the face-to-face HUXLEY CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course is a cut above the rest, offering the most intense and meticulous professional makeup artistry training.

This course creates an opportunity for students to bridge the gap between education and industry with the perfect balance of practical, theory, and real-world experience. You’re not another number at HUXLEY. Every student has access to personal attention, mentorship, and guidance. 

One of the major limitations to studying is not the cost of a course, especially when most students can access government assistance. The duration can be crippling and demotivating if dragged out over a long period. 10 years of successful creative arts training has shown us that students want intensive real-world training that helps them to reach their goals faster! This comprehensive course is designed to promote engagement and positive outcomes. Not anywhere in Australia or even the world, is there a professional makeup artistry course like the HUXLEY CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course.


COURSE FEE: $19,900*

View more information on the TAFE Queensland Website

MAKEUP KIT: $2000* Includes everything you need! (If you pay the kit upfront there are no additional costs. If you go on a payment plan for your kit a $250 admin fee will incur).

HUXLEY SHIRT: $35 – $45

At HUXLEY our goal is to create equal opportunity for all prospective students. Every effort has been made to ensure the information provided on this website is true and accurate at the time it was published. For more information regarding what your fees and your journey at HUXLEY will look like, contact one of our friendly team members!

*This price has been revised as of May 2023. The price for this course and the kit may be subject to change. 

DEVELOP a career in one of the worlds largest industries






Turn your skills into a career.

Regardless of your career aspirations and industry interests, HUXLEY has the courses to help students reach their full potential and bridge the gap between education and employment opportunities.
A piece of paper doesn’t equal a job. At HUXLEY we understand what employers, clients, and organisations require from their artists.

The best way to learn and reach your goals is to total immerse yourself in your chosen discipline. At HUXLEY students have access to experienced, passionate industry leaders who have actually done it all before. They gain real-world experience on exciting in-class collaborations and shoots while developing a deep understanding of relevant industry knowledge and practices.

The scope of employment for professionals within the makeup industry is extremely broad. Common fields such as film, cosmetics and bridal industries are well known. However, the breadth of employment opportunities extends to e-commerce, fashion, commercial, and even non-traditionally creative industries such as marketing, business development, and product development to name a few. Even within certain fields, individuals throughout their career specialise in areas that interest them. For example, in film, there are specialisations ranging from on set applications to manufacturing props and effects to concept design and project management.

HUXLEY is extremely well-connected to the Film & TV industry as our students have continually demonstrated fantastic work ethics and are always welcomed back. Half of our trainers and past students are also actively working on-set too, so we are always keeping up with the latest training and trends. As a HUXLEY student, you will get real-world experience and be offered opportunities to work on the latest unreleased productions; an irreplaceable addition to your resume. 

Gold Coast has a booming film industry with a new studio opening in 2023 as well as the iconic Village Roadshow Studios where Aquaman and Thor were filmed (of course our students were there!). On almost all productions, you can expect to be well looked after and food catered to you. Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) documents will need to be signed, and you will get contracted work periods or consistent hours. 

You must have the knowledge to understand the difference between working in the snow, sun, and water, whatever it may be the makeup team need to use the correct products and process for the makeup to stay. Sunscreen is a huge factor, remember that. Learning how to keep the cast camera ready and maintain sunscreen.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course

The bridal industry is HUGE, so there is a consistent demand for makeup artists and hair stylists. Some weddings exceed $10k in payment for the bridal party’s makeup and hair!

Your makeup brushes must be cleaned between use on each individual at the bridal party. Your kit must be easy to pack up and unpack from your car, and also needs to be ready for everything and anything. Some artists even do a trial, this way your client knows what to expect so there is less pressure and stress on the big day. 

You can work with an assistant, or a team, or go solo and complete the bride and bridesmaid’s makeup and hair. We highly recommend that you complete the hair course as it is easy for your client to hire one person for both jobs. Remember to look presentable so you don’t ruin their photos!

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course

Can you imagine yourself working in fashion, commercial, or media productions?

In our Diploma course, we often offer a unit for bridal where we collaborate with companies that provide us with dresses, suits, jewellery, intimates, and accessories. You will also be exposed to an abundance of work experience which often feature local fashion projects and startup looking for makeup assistants.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course

If you like gore, horror, sci-fi, a little patience, and a keen eye for detail, a Special Effects Makeup career is just for you!

HUXLEY offer a full special effects block taught by SFX master Rick Connelly. Rick is one of the highest-regarded artists and has worked on films such as the Matrix series, Wolverine, Wolf Creek, and Moulin Rouge. He is still active in the industry so is always up to date with the latest industry expectations, best-preparing students for the real world.

In the Diploma course, you will get your hands dirty through sculpting and prepping scars, wounds, cuts, bruises, and also creating your very own zombie and alien character.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & 1-on-1 Workshop Course Special Effects Units (unaccredited)

Would you call yourself a leader and an all-round boss *insert word for female dog*?

To start your own brand and/or product you need drive, passion, and coffee. All jokes aside, this is a very rewarding career pathway that will be like raising and nurturing a child. 

The HUXLEY Diploma course will provide you with foundational business acumen and skills that can help you startup and grow your own business. We also offer private workshops to excel your business skills.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services, Professional Hairstyling Course & Private Business Mentorship Workshops (unaccredited) 

Artists often work behind the scenes assisting in the lead-up to the show, and during the show. Some of the skills required involved include the ability to assist with quick changes and an understanding of continuity. Artists will also take precautions in regard to the health and safety of the cast and must follow a process for the application or removal of makeup and wigs. You might already picture yourself in the makeup, hair and wigs styling, or performative department, and HUXLEY’s courses will best prepare you for a role in this industry. 

Our past students got the opportunity to work on some exciting shows such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Musical, which was showcased at The Star Casino on the Gold Coast. Across Australia, there are performing arts centres that encourage an abundance of work for young creatives. 

There are many venues that host theatre performances such as HOTA, QPAC, Her Majesty Theatre, Sydney Opera House, and Athenaeum Theatre, to name a few. Touring companies can also employ you for interstate or international positions. This often includes travel costs, accommodation, and special allowances – How cool!

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup ServicesProfessional Hairstyling Course

Become unstoppable as a content creator. Earn income from brand collaborations, manage your social media, and understand how to market yourself. Anyone can become an influencer or content creator, you just have to find a niche and consistency is key.

One of our past students Ash Major, now thrives off of her presence online since going viral. Ash has collaborated with major brands such as Fenty Beauty and Sephora. 

Growing by the week, this type of career pathway is accessible to young creatives, especially if you have the skills and knowledge we teach at HUXLEY. We go over everything business, lighting, social media, marketing, how to create reels, making posts engaging, editing, copywriting; literally EVERYTHING.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services, Professional Hairstyling Course & 1-on-1 Workshop with our Social Media Team to learn tips and tricks

Want to make a cool character like Thing (the hand) from the Addams Family?

HUXLEY offer a full special effects block taught by SFX master Rick Connelly. Rick is one of the highest-regarded artists and has worked on films such as the Matrix series, Wolverine, Wolf Creek, and Moulin Rouge. He is still active in the industry so is always up to date with the latest industry expectations, best-preparing students for the real world.

In the Diploma course, you will get your hands dirty through sculpting and prepping scars, wounds, cuts, bruises, and also creating your very own zombie and alien character. We also offer workshops to teach you how to sculpt like a professional!

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & 1-on-1 workshop with SFX HUXLEY Master

Where would be without our makeup, lash, brow, skin, nail, and cosmetics queens.

Beauty services is an industry that will NEVER die. You often will work in a salon with other professionals that offer complementary services, however many artists are now choosing to rent a chair at shared spaces such as Hair Skin Nail to reduce overhead costs.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services, Professional Hairstyling Course & Ask us about a Beauty Service Workshop as we host them with professionals during the year.

You need confidence, time management, and a day-to-day work-orientated mindset before you consider freelancing as a career.

You will wear about five to ten hats as a freelancer, including the service provider, boss, accounts manager, customer service, human resource, legal advisor, creative director, content creator, cleaner, and we could go on…

The Diploma that we offer at HUXLEY has a whole unit based on providing freelance services and how to use social media the right way. We discuss everything from how to manage yourself and your business, to capturing and writing good content, to creating professional invoices.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course 

The possibilities of taking the pathway of Fine Art are ENDLESS. Whether it is body art, performative art, sculpting prosthetics, installations, photography, illustration, painting, or whatever it may be, HUXLEY’s practical assessments allow you to practice foundational skills that get your creative juices flowing.

Each look you design at HUXLEY will be based on a concept or topic. This means you will develop a story and meaning behind your intention to get to the final outcome. As a creative, you will be subjective of “good” and “bad” art, however, do not let what one person says dictate what you love and are passionate about. We continuously encourage students to push their boundaries and test different mediums to produce beautiful designs; our Instagram is a great depiction of this.

In our HUXLEY diploma course, we cover units in beauty and prosthetics, body art, and also provide guidance for freelance services. You will experiment with foundational skills, graduate with a professional visual portfolio, and be able to start your business successfully.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course

The community of drag is stronger than ever before. This is an exceptional opportunity for those that like to entertain, get into character through makeup and hair, dance, have unmatched lyrical memory, and do not take things too seriously.

Many of our pasts students have grown into successful queens performing at venues such as Fluffy Nights in Brisbane’s Cloudland, Pink Flamingo, Chameleon Bar, Miami Marketta, and other venues across South-East Queensland.

As you werk, sweat, and slay, you need to consider the products you are using, how to achieve your look, style hair and wigs, and also have a sense of fashion as you dress from head to toe. All of this is covered in our drag unit included in the Diploma course!

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services, Professional Hairstyling Course1-on-1 Colour matching and product knowledge session to best prepare you

Want an industry that is always in demand? This one is for you!

Think hair and makeup for brand collaborations, campaign productions, corporate head shots, media appearances, photoshoots and videos as well as television commercials or productions.

In our Diploma course you will be exposed to the behind the scenes of what goes into commercial projects and also during your photoshoots and on work experience you will learn invaluable skills you will continue to use in your career.

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & Professional Hairstyling Course 

Ever thought of creating your own product line in makeup, haircare, or skincare?

The knowledge you gain by studying the Diploma course with HUXLEY will set up foundational skills (no pun intended) to understand how makeup, hair, and skin products apply differently. There are many variable to consider such as skin type, skin texture, brush bristles, wet brush, blending motion, product ingredients, the weather temperature; all these factors are just some that contribute to thoughtful and successful cosmetic manufacturing. 

Recommend for you: Diploma of Screen & Media Specialist Makeup Services & our NEW Certificate II Retail Cosmetics & III in Makeup.

Call us for more information on the Certificate course.



  • Complexion 101
  • Contouring
  • Brows
  • Lips
  • Colour theory
  • Natural makeup
  • Editorial makeup
  • Mature makeup
  • Masculine makeup and grooming
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Makeup for dark complexion
  • Defining eyes
  • Smokey eyes
  • Wings
  • Cut Crease
  • Bridal makeup
  • Social media
  • Content creation
  • Promote products and services
  • Customer service
  • Preparing quotes and invoicing
  • Prosthetic application
  • Prosthetic colouring
  • Aging
  • Kit FX 
  • On-set etiquette
  • Tattoos for film
  • Continuity for film
  • On set touch-ups
  • On-set tools and products
  • Facial hairpieces and application
  • Hairpieces
  • Wig styling and maintenance
  • Wig application
  • Basic hair styling for performance
  • DRAG Makeup
  • Asian cultures design
  • Period Makeup
  • Fashion & commercial concepts
  • Avant-Garde design
  • Body art
  • Colour theory
  • Bruises and blood
  • Burns and scars
  • Intro to sculpting
  • Encapsulated flat plate moulds
  • Bloodline fundamentals
  • Bald caps
  • Character design & script
  • Breakdown
    Character illustration & design
  • Major injury design
  • Making simple props – for example; severed fingers, ears eyeballs
  • Lifecasting full face
  • Lifecasting appendages
  • Character 1: Zombie, Vampire, or Witch
  • Character 2 – Silicon prosthetics: Fantasy, humanoid, or alien
  • General OH&S
  • COVID-Safe Practices
  • Kit knowledge, Setup, Maintainance, & Cleanliness
  • Onset safe practices
  • Risk assessment practice


All the photos on our website were created in class at HUXLEY!
Pretty incredible considering many of our students start with little to no experience.

what makes HUXLEY different?

HUXLEY courses are designed by industry professionals, for industry professionals. Courses are thorough, meticulous and inspiring. These attributes help HUXLEY students become more employable!

To be clear, it’s all about the experience at HUXLEY! The obvious benefit is portfolio development. The real hero is the experience of working under the pump while developing their visual acuity for modern aesthetics. Plus, they get the opportunity to develop a ton of content for their social media channels.

Unlike at other education providers where the highlight of the course is a hypothetical scenario requiring you to stick a foam rabbits nose on your model… At HUXLEY students collaborate with companies like Village Road Show, Brands like YSL and even produce their own incredible characters for short films. Oh the SHADE of it all!

Here are just some of the blockbuster films HUXLEY has sent students to: Elvis, Aquaman, Thor, Dora the Explorer (live action), Pirates of the Caribbean the list goes on! Students have also been placed on productions like Mamma Mia the musical, music videos, fashion shows, campaigns for major brands, and even worked with massive social media influencers. Every term there are different opportunities. However, one thing is for sure: HUXLEY has the connections!

Trends, products, and techniques are constantly changing. HUXLEY is always at the forefront of current education practices and industry standards. How do we know for certain? Our course topics are adapted for every single intake!

HUXLEY has a database with over 600 models who come in and work with our students on shoot projects. Many of our models have gone on to work on incredible campaigns, major productions, and gain representation with incredible modeling agencies!

Students who enrol in our CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) course receive discounted rates for our Professional Hair Styling Course and other specialty workshops. Ask one of our friendly team members for more info on prices and availability.

Outside regular classes, Monday to Friday during business hours, students have the opportunity to take advantage of facilities to practice and create content! There are often trainers around who can also give you extra guidance and feedback.

None of this, 5 colours of foundation nonsense! Seriously though… students get an incredible kit and work with industry standard products.

HUXLEY students have worked with brands like Mercedes-Benz, Moana Bikini, Lorna Jane and L’Oreal to name a few. Image graduating a course and already you have developed a comprehensive portfolio and worked with iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz. Resume on point!!

HUXLEY trainers are goals! They have years of actual industry experience working in all aspects of the makeup industry.

You never know who you’ll meet at school. You might end up working with them in the future or become life long friends!

you are NOT A NUMBER to us!

The entire team at HUXLEY genuinely cares about each and every student. As for HUXLEY trainers, they are extremely skilled and experienced, and you can trust they will help you maximise your educational outcomes!

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