About the course

About the course

Model your career as a makeup professional with our makeup course, which equips you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed as a makeup artist.  

During our makeup course you'll learn how to design and apply makeup, style hair for special occasions, airbrush makeup, photography and apply remedial camouflage across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries.

As a makeup artist you’ll typically work as part of a team or as a freelance artist in settings such as makeup studios, retail cosmetic counters, fashion, media sets and photography studios.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February (part time), May and July (full time)

Full time: 6 months

Part time: 12 months (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our makeup course you can apply for positions at photography & make-up studios, salons and retail cosmetic counters, or chose to work as a freelancer

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • be at least 17 years of age, or mature-age
  • have successfully completed Year 11
  • have sufficient literacy, numeracy and visual interpretation skills to successfully complete the course
  • possess excellent people skills


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion of our makeup course will enable you to apply for our Diploma of Screen and Media (specialist makeup) course or Diploma of Beauty Therapy course. You may be eligible for credit from previous study.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$476$2,378$5,414
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$450$450$450
Retain Course Items$1,446$1,446$1,446
Total Course Estimate$2,612$4,514$7,550
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,252$2,718$7,550
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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