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Fairies and monsters come out at NIDA VET Showcase

NIDA students undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) showcased their final  work across two events and the results are astounding.

NIDA students undertaking the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) showcased their final prosthetics and make-up work across two events in November. The results are astounding.

Taking their inspiration from natural creatures, fairy tales, musical theatre, drag shows, horror movies, traditional festivals and other galaxies, the students created characters to display their work, which were then photographed for their portfolios.

'If I could have any make-up job in the universe, it would be at a festival inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Tinkerbelle,' said graduating student Catherine Coad.

The students presented their works in the classroom as well as in a performance-based event in NIDA Theatres, Reg Grundy Studio. The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services students arranged all technical aspects of the makeup showcase. The presentation was interactive: audience members were encouraged to move through the theatre space and engage with the make-up students and performers.

Asked how they got into make-up, the Specialist Make-up Services students’ answers were as varied as their work. Often it was just one crucial moment in their lives that sparked their interest in the profession.

'I used to always get into my mum’s make-up when I was a little kid and smear it all over my face. I guess nothing has changed!,' said Emily Dupriez.

'I didn’t like make-up for a long time,' said Emily Geyer. 'But when I was 15 I realised you could do really cool stuff with it when I turned myself into a zombie.'

For student Naomi Sharp,the first time she realised she was into make-up was when she noticed that her eyeliner stayed on the whole time during a PE class at school. That sparked her interest to explore what make-up can do. Now she’s created drag make-up for the showcase.

When Amber Watson saw a program about the make-up artists working on The Lord of the Rings sets, she decided to explore specialist make-up services.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) at NIDA provides diploma-level qualifications in core capabilities in theatre, film and television. The skills the students develop are transferable to a range of performance contexts, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, events, film and television.

Find out more about NIDA Vocational Education and Training courses. For more student photographs of the showcases, check out the photo gallery.

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