Diploma of Beauty Therapy

How to Become a Makeup Artist

If you have completed a Certificate III in Makeup (which is the minimum required qualification level for makeup artists in Australia) and a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, you are eligible to complete a Diploma of Beauty Therapy if you wish to cement your status as a professional, qualified Makeup Artist (MUA).

A Diploma is best suited for people who have done the groundwork and fundamentals of study as a professional makeup artist or cosmetologist and wish to have a higher qualification to enable them to teach others makeup artistry, work at higher profile fashion/runway events or simply to reinforce their own professional status. A Diploma will require students to have a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of Makeup Artistry, and students will need to demonstrate competence and versatility across a range of makeup artist niches, including but not limited to:

  • Formal makeup
  • Stage and theatrical makep
  • Bridal makeup
  • Clean/day makeup
  • Fashion, runway and catwalk makeup
  • Editorial makeup

Students will also need to demonstrate professionalism in working with other industry professionals and clients. Following on from the fundamentals of being a Makeup Artist, a Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a creative and exciting course grounded in basics of running a business, to give students a thorough understanding of how to be successful as a professional Makeup Artist in Australia.

You will also build more on your knowledge of:

  • Facial treatments
  • A range of beauty therapy treatments such as body massage and hair removal
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Nail and makeup services
  • Client communication
  • Giving proper beauty advice
  • Recommending treatments

All of the above skills are complementary to the fundamentals of makeup artistry that you will learn in a Certificate III in Makeup and Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Course Info:

The duration of a Diploma of Beauty Therapy to enhance your qualifications as a cosmetologist and Makeup Artist (MUA) will depend on the individual institute that you choose to study with, however you can expect an average duration of 1-2 days studying per week for 30-40 weeks.

Course Code: SHB50115
Accreditation: Naturally recognised qualification at Diploma level
Cost: Starts at around $10,000 and can go up to $15,000 depending on where you study
Financial Aid: Tafe does offer a concession fee, however a Diploma in Beauty Therapy does not qualify for Austudy

Further study opportunities include:

Click here to read more about Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics (SHB20116)
Click here to read more about  Certificate III in Makeup (SHB30125)
Click here to read more about  Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (SHB40115)

Training and qualification requirements for courses and diplomas can vary from state to state, so please select your state to get specialist info on requirements in your state. It’s imperative to do your research!

Australian Capital Territory – (02) 6205 8555
New South Wales – 13 28 11
Northern Territory – (08) 8901 1357
Queensland – 1800 210 210
South Australia – 1800 673 097
Tasmania – 1800 655 846
Victoria – (03) 9651 9999
Western Australia – 13 19 54

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