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CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

Applications to study Specialist Make-up at NIDA in 2022 are now open and will close on 30 September 2021.

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For more information on how to apply, click here.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.

NIDA welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

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About the course

NIDA’s CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) provides practical and intensive training to prepare students for industry facing roles in make-up design and application, hair styling, creating wigs and designing make-up special effects and prosthetics.

Make-up training is industry-driven with content delivered by practising professionals and guest tutors. The course is supported by organisations such as Foundation Theatres, Pinchgut Opera and includes site visits to the Opera Centre, Opera House and the Capitol Theatre.

Students have opportunities throughout their training to practise their skills through roles on live performance and film projects. Students have a chance to collaborate with students from NIDA’s other creative disciplines in an environment which mirrors hair and make-up departments in the live performance industries.

The specialist make-up course includes placement on NIDA’s production seasons which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year. This provides the opportunity to work with NIDA tutors and industry guests, and to collaborate with Acting, Design for Performance, Directing and Musical Theatre students.

Assessments take place throughout the course, allowing students to build on the skills developed. Classes are practical, providing and active learning environment and a hands-on approach to learning.

The course culminates in a presentation of a live showcase of make-up work in one of the NIDA theatres. This event is attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

Course dates and times

2022 Course dates

In 2022 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus.

Term 1             Tuesday 26th April – Friday 1st July

Term 2             Monday 18th July – Friday 30th September

Term 3              Monday 10th October – Friday 16th Decmeber

4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

2021 Course dates

In 2021 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Enrolled students will received the qualification CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)  Duration of the course is 19 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Term 1

Monday 19 April– Friday 25 June

Term 2

Monday 12 July – Friday 1 October

Term 3

Monday 18 October – Thursday 31 March

Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview

Subjects

The course Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)  comprises the following 13 units of competency:

  1. CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
  2. CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  3. CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
  4. CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  5. CUAMUP411 Design, apply and remove make-up
  6. CUAMUP412 Maintain make-up and hair continuity
  7. CUAMUP413 Style hair for productions
  8. CUAMUP414 Style wigs and hairpieces for productions
  9. CUAMUP512* Design and apply specialised make-up
  10. CUAMUP513* Design and apply special make-up effects
  11. CUASFX411 Create special effects items
  12. SHBHDES004 Create classic long hair up-styles
  13. SHBHDES005 Select and apply hair extensions

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to design and apply make-up, create wigs and style hair and hair pieces
  • Learn specialist skills relating to prosthetics and special effects make-up
  • Develop the ability to work as a part of a team or independently in make-up services
  • Develop autonomy in responding to make-up and hair design briefs
  • Develop problem solving skills for a range of collaborative situations
  • Develop skills to work collaboratively with other creative professionals and performers

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants seeking admission must:

  • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. This course does not accept international students.
  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in some circumstances NIDA may select candidates who turn 18 during their course).
  • Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
  • Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition
  • Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course

Terms and conditions of application

  • There are no application fees for the 2022 applicants.
  • Applications for NIDA's diploma level courses (that commence in 2022) close on 30 September 2021. NIDA may not be able to accept applications after this date or late applicants may be required to pay a late submission fee of $75.00.
  • There are a limited number of places available in each of our diploma courses. Selection is based on merit; not all applicants who meet the published entry requirements will receive a study offer.
  • All applicants are required to review the course information, including the schedule of tuition fees, published on the course page on our website.
  • It is not possible to provide applicants with individual written or oral feedback on their audition.
  • Applicants who receive a study offer for 2022 must accept the offer within the time frame indicated. It is not possible to defer a study offer at NIDA.
  • NIDA encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in their chosen area of interest.

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Demonstrate potential to create and/or apply make-up and hair designs
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
  • Communicate effectively
  • Respond to direction and feedback

How to apply

Applications for the 2022 intake open on 1 June 2021 and close on 30 September 2021.

Applications during this period will not require you to pay an application fee, any applications made after 1 October 2021 will incur a late fee of $75.00.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

A summary of the application process for this course can be found in the

Application Guide and Fee Schedule 2022

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online via the NIDA website. You will be required to submit a video audition via a YouTube link as part of your application.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

There are five steps to applying:

STEP 1

New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.

Returning Applicants: If you have previously applied (in 2019-2020) and your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account. Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.

STEP 2

Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.

You will be asked to submit your personal details, examples of previous experience, and reasons for interest in this course.

STEP 3

Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • Evidence of your most recent qualification if you have one (e.g. a school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript, statement of attainment)
  • Proof of identification and citizenship (e.g. Australian passport, Australian driver’s licence, birth certificate. The scanned document needs to show your date of birth).
  • A recent photograph (head and shoulders, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • One introduction/ Audition video as a link to an unlisted YouTube video.

STEP 4

Agree to the Terms and Conditions of application and click submit. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission is completed in full.

STEP 5

You will be contacted in early October regarding the outcome of your application and whether we are able to meet with you at a call-back session. You will be provided with an opportunity to notify us of the best available date and time for your interview/ call back, either face to face or via zoom. To assist with your planning, we will publish suggested dates and times on the course pages on our website.

If we have invited you, please attend your call-back session. Not everyone who submits a video will be invited to a call back.

Terms and conditions of application

  • There are no application fees for the 2022 applicants.
  • Applications for NIDA's diploma level courses (that commence in 2022) close on 30 September 2021. NIDA may not be able to accept applications after this date or late applicants may be required to pay a late submission fee of $75.00.
  • There are a limited number of places available in each of our diploma courses. Selection is based on merit; not all applicants who meet the published entry requirements will receive a study offer.
  • All applicants are required to review the course information, including the schedule of tuition fees, published on the course page on our website.
  • It is not possible to provide applicants with individual written or oral feedback on their audition.
  • Applicants who receive a study offer for 2022 must accept the offer within the time frame indicated. It is not possible to defer a study offer at NIDA.
  • NIDA encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in their chosen area of interest.

Interview requirements

As part of your application, you are required to provide a link to a pre-recorded video interview. The following information should act as guide for how to set up and film your introductions.

Filming your Interview

Your video submission needs to be a short, 1 minute introduction to camera (introduce yourself and explain your experience).

Your video interview should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. You will only be able to upload one audition video.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

Tips for your video submission

Filming your Interview

Your video submission needs to be a short, 1 minute introduction to camera (introduce yourself and explain your experience).

Your video interview should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. You will only be able to upload one audition video.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

Please make sure you review the guidance below and prepare what is required for your interview/ audition submission before you start to record anything.

1. Set up

You can use a stand or surface or have someone hold the camera/ phone for you. Do not look directly into the camera for your monologues, but just to one side; to the left or right or alternatively ask a friend to stand to one side of the camera so that you have an eyeline and someone to deliver the monologues to.

2. Background – you must be seen clearly.

Try to record against a plain, light background, with no harsh shadows behind you. Avoid busy, distracting images, and ‘hard’ colours like green and red. Ideally, the background should be plain. Grey can work well for a wide range of skin tones on screen.

3. Lighting – you must be seen clearly.

Try to light yourself so that there are minimal shadows across your face. This can be done with free standing lights or using natural light sources. Whatever you chose make sure that we can see you.

4. Sound – you must be heard clearly. Check the space/room you have chosen to record in for sound disturbances. i.e. close any windows, turn off any devices playing music in the background, air-conditioning, noise/talking/cooking sounds etc.

Call back interview dates

Due to current COVID 19 restrictions in NSW we are reviewing our interview dates and will update them as soon as possible.

Call back Interviews

Call back interview process

  • All applicants will be notified regarding their outcome of their application status.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable call back session.
  • Call back dates to be advised via the course page on the NIDA website.
  • Call backs may be conducted face to face or via zoom between October- November.
  • More information will be available on the website when applications close.

At the callbacks/interview, you will:

  • Discuss any previous experience or training
  • Discuss your portfolio
  • Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire
  • Undertake a make-up task, using make-up and tools provided

Outcome

If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in December 2021 via phone and email to advise you of your course offer. You will be given a time period in which to accept or reject the course offer for the 2022 intake.

Tips for the day

Remember:

  • Bring your application form outlining your previous training and/or experience.
  • Bring a written testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer.
  • Bring along any documentation such as portfolios, photos and/or drawings to support your application.

Fees

Tuition Fees

The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) is only open to domestic students.

Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Tuition Fees for CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

2022 Full course fee: $16,920

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2022

Tuition Fees for CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)

2021 Full course fee: $16,920

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2021

Other costs

NIDA will provide the greater part of resources and consumables required for the training. Students need to contribute $1,490 towards make-up, special FX and hair kits, which become the students’ personal property.

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.

Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;

https://www.dese.gov.au/vet-student-loans/vet-information-students/information-vet-student-loans-students

VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.

More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;

https://www.studyassist.gov.au/

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Study-and-training-support-loans/Voluntary-repayments/

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Financial assistance

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.

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Videos

For our 2020 Virtual Open Day, alumni Briohny Walker and Annabel Cameron joined tutor Sandra Wograndl for a talk about the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services).

2021 Online Info Sessions

Make-up tutor, Sandra Wograndl, and current students of this one-year course give you a glimpse into the experience of learning to design and apply make-up, style hair, create wigs and design and make special effects and prosthetics, and answer questions about the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services).

29 July 2021

2019 Showcase

The diploma culminates in an end-of-year showcase of the students' work - here are some of the highlights from the 2019 showcase.

Prosthetic work 2019

Thank you to Denise Sheppard for putting together this video of our 2019 students' prosthetics work.

Careers

As a graduate of the NIDA CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) you have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, events, television and film.

Potential careers
  • Make-up artist
  • Hair stylist
  • Wig maker
  • Special effects make-up designer
  • Special effects make-up artist

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516

Mail:

Vocational applications
NIDA
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal


NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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