Life at huxley

Study in one of Australia’s FASTEST-GROWING cities with one of the largest Film & TV industries in the country!

Life at huxley

Live, study, work & have fun in one of Australia’s Best Cities!

When choosing a place to study, location often comes into play. When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and even culture within an area, the HUXLEY HQ in Burleigh Heads has it all! The Huxley School Of Makeup is proud to have become an iconic Gold Coast business over the past 10 years. The school has helped positively shape the culture and economy within the greater South East Queensland region by educating future industry leaders, supplying creative industries with skilled employees, providing up-skilling services to professionals, and employing local talent. When it comes to makeup, beauty, hair styling, and specialty creative arts for screen and media education there is only one name, HUXLEY.

Australia is blessed with amazing cities. But it’s hard to look past the GC for the perfect balance of lifestyle and opportunities.

The Gold Coast has a reputation for glitz and glamour. Over the past decade, however, the city has experienced incredible growth and a culture shift fuelled by young creative businesses, a booming film industry, and a strong local economy. The Gold Coast is an attractive city for many reasons. From the beautiful coastline, to sub-tropical hinterland, to world-class food and entertainment options. The Gold Coast offers a unique metropolitan lifestyle with the convenience of a major city and the heart of a coastal community.

“I thank the Huxley School Of Makeup for not only contributing so greatly to the local economy, but also for providing jobs for locals.

Your story is already so inspiring and motivating future young entrepreneurs in our great city”

Tom Tate, Mayor of the Gold Coast

When courses are government-supported and have no or limited upfront costs, the real cost of doing a course is primarily your time and ability to juggle studying with your lifestyle, work, and family commitments. For this reason, HUXLEY takes the responsibility of delivering an amazing educational experience extremely seriously. Courses have been designed with practicality and equitability in mind. At HUXLEY courses are condensed, meticulous, and comprehensive.

As an example, students can complete a full Diploma CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) between 6 – 12 months, which means they can enter the workforce faster with more skills and real-world experience. For 10 years, HUXLEY has been developing its educational systems and practices to meet the demands of industry, Government requirements, and what students need and want. In addition to Australia’s BEST professional makeup course, the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) in partnership wth TAFE Queensland, HUXLEY offers specialty courses and up-skilling workshops for students and industry pros who want to advance their skills.

The HUXLEY HQ in Burleigh Heads is fitted out with state-of-the-art studio equipment and designed in a way that emulates real-world working environments. With multiple classrooms, a special effects workshop, and a large commercial studio space, HUXLEY students can enjoy working in a large, spacious, and comfortable environment equipped to an industry standard.

HUXLEY is more than a makeup school, it’s an experience. Student life is exciting, educational, and fun! Discover more belowCUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

“HUXLEY students are incredible! We now only hire HMUA’s from HUXLEY becaUse in our experience they have the best skills, are the most reliable, and are consistently awesome on set.”

Karina Irby, Owner of international swimwear & lifestyle fashion label Moana Bikini

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HUXLEY students have gone on to work with some of the world’s biggest brands. Karina and her fashion label Moana Bikini have close to 3 million followers across their social media platforms and in recent years as hired more than 10 HUXLEY graduates to work on their campaigns, studio shoots, events, and regular content days. Moana models are often sourced through the schools model database HUXLEYBABES.


It’s always a vibe!

The HUXLEY has two amazing Queensland locations and offers course study modes: full-time on campus, mixed blended delivery, or online. Masterclasses and personal and professional development workshops are also available face-to-face or online.


The school headquarters is located on the beautiful Gold Coast in idyllic Burleigh Heads close to transport, food, entertainment, employment opportunities, and accommodation. The school is equipped with three large purpose-built training rooms, special effects workshop, a store, a chill-out zone, and a commercial photographic/video studio. Unless we are on location, all the photos you see on the HUXLEY site and social media are shot in our studios!

Besides being the home of Australia’s top makeup school, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities with an endless supply of activities and attractions, sprawling beaching, lush hinterlands, and amazing restaurants, cafes, and nightlife. The Gold Coast has become an entertainment mecca for thrill-seekers, and lovers of film, art, and culture! This beautiful city offers an unparalleled lifestyle and exciting employment opportunities. There is no better place to live, learn and work!


In late 2018, HUXLEY began working on an exciting project to bring the HUXLEY experience to regional Australia. With countless opportunities to expand to Sydney and Melbourne, the school decided to open in Far North Queensland, based in Townsville operating from the TAFE Queensland campus in Pimlico.

There is no denying the talent that comes from regional towns in Australia… Miranda Kerr, Iggy Azalea, all the Hemsworth Brothers to name a few. However, these smaller communities are often overlooked by major businesses and don’t often get educational opportunities within specialised fields. HUXLEY set about changing that and in 2019 launched the first-ever blended delivery mode of the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)  in Townsville.

The school could never have anticipated the Global pandemic and remarkably, since the school campuses are located in Queensland, HUXLEY was able to avoid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The global crisis certainly disrupted the calendar and affected teaching and practical procedures. However, it also put a spotlight on the region, as one of the few safe places in the world to continue filming movies, commercials, and TV series.

Since then the region has experienced unprecedented growth and more opportunities. Students, such as the now graduated Ash Major, have also found success online as content creators and influencers, proving that no matter where you live, you can make a career in makeup artistry!

For more info on intakes and courses in Far North Queensland, check out the below link or contact one of our friendly team members.

Full-Time on-campus Diploma Students create multiple creatures and simulated injuries throughout their course. NO basic stuck on latex noses at HUXLEY

“Living with Cerebral Palsy I never thought I’d full fill my dream of studying makeup.

I barely left the house before HUXLEY. But now I’ve made friends and have the confidence to express myself.

Studying at HUXLEY changed my life and now I’m proudly representing LGBTQIA+ people living with disabilities as Australia’s first wheelchair-using Drag Queen!”

Ryle Keating AKA HelenWheels,
HUXLEY graduate and legendary Gold Coast Drag Queen

Making Friends

Starting a new course is like embarking on an exciting adventure. You don’t always know what to expect and things along the way can be difficult, but when you reach that final destination, you’ll be proud, basking in the spectacle of your achievements.

Sharing in these achievements will be the people you have met along the way. Your classmates and trainers. The people you meet at makeup school will be your first point of call when looking for an extra set of hands to help on a big job. They are the first to call when an exciting opportunity pops up and they are the support network who will help to keep you motivated and inspired long after the course has finished.

The positive culture at HUXLEY encourages comradery among the students which in many cases turns into long-lasting friendships. After graduating from HUXLEY, it isn’t a goodbye. HUXLEY alumni are a special family who celebrates in current student achievements, often attend HUXLEY events, and are called upon to assist in large projects or when job opportunities arise.


The Gold Coast is a great place to live with beautiful beaches, subtropical rainforests, action-packed attractions, some of Australia’s best cafes and restaurants, and of course a vibrant nightlife. The cost of living is also considerably cheaper than in other major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane.

Huxley School of Makeup doesn’t place students in accommodation. However, the friendly staff at HUXLEY are always happy to advise students with their hot tips for places to live. The Gold Coast has a huge amount of apartment accommodation which can be secured for rent from reputable real estate agents. There are also websites like or Gumtree where people can source accommodation. For short stays, we would recommend staying at one of the beautiful sky-rise hotels and resorts or alternatively in an AirBNB.

Food & Drink

There are many local food and drink options close to HUXLEY campuses. In Burleigh, our HQ is walking distance from cafes and a shopping centre, while our Townsville campus has a canteen on-site at the Pimlico TAFE. There is a drinks fridge with items to buy and student amenities like a fridge, freezer, microwave, and kettle on campus.


The Huxley School of Makeup is perfectly situated between the M1 and the Gold Coast Highway so travelling to school is easy from the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers, or Brisbane.

While there is limited parking on campus, there is a public car park only a minute’s walk from the school and plenty of free street parking. Regarding public transport, the Varsity Lakes train station is the closest station with buses running to Burleigh regularly. It is also only a short walk from the school to bus stops at either Stocklands Shopping Centre or the hub of Burleigh Heads off the GC HWY.

Students can easily be dropped off and picked up with staff keeping an eye out for students arriving and leaving the campus.

It’s all about the experience!

HUXLEY has an incredible work experience program where students gain industry experience across a wide range of makeup fields. Students have worked on productions like Eurovision and the Commonwealth Games to film sets like Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie.

Experiences like this often lead to paid work and priceless industry connections.


Our students walk away with an amazing portfolio from work experience placements and incredible in class photo shoots. HUXLEY Diploma students don’t just shoot once… No sir! They shoot up to 14 times with our in-house creative team. This way they can make mistakes, understand on-set etiquette and create makeup magic!

“Studying at HUXLEY was the best decision I made in my life”

Simmy Carr, Agency represented Makeup Artist


The HUXLEY educational experience is authentic,
unbiased and unapologetically unique.

While students and graduates have very different career pathways and goals, one thing they all share is incredible passion and dedication. The heart and soul of HUXLEY is the students. Their positive attitudes, work ethic, and commitment contribute to our unrivalled school culture. One way we maintain this culture is by interviewing all prospective students. At HUXLEY we are looking for passionate people who want to become future makeup leaders and develop amazing careers in the creative industry.

The positive culture at HUXLEY encourages comradery among the students which in many cases turns into long-lasting friendships. After graduating from HUXLEY, it isn’t goodbye. HUXLEY alumni are a special family who celebrates in current student achievements and are always welcomed back to the school that started it all!

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