About the course

About the course

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

During our makeup course you'll learn how to design and apply makeup, style hair for special occasions, apply airbrush makeup, photography and apply remedial camouflage makeup across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. You will work on photoshoots with a professional Photographer both in the studio and on location, to build your portfolio and you will learn the art of marketing your small business.

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

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Elgar: February and July (full time day classes)

Lilydale: July (part time day classes)

City: July (blended delivery model two evenings a week)


Full time: 6 months

Part time: 8 - 10 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 make up 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 make up course will enable you to apply for our Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialising in Make up Services) 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$1,552$1,552$1,552
Total Course Estimate$2,718$4,620$7,656
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,718$4,620$7,656

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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