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Special Effects Makeup Artist Courses

A Special Effects Makeup Artist uses make up to create particular looks for movies, television or stage productions. You’ll apply make up to performers to achieve a desired effect such as a zombie face or an aged character. Special Effects Makeup Artists also use make up to display a feature like an injury or a scar. You might also use your skills for fashion photo shoots or special events.

Special Effects Makeup Artists should be passionate about their profession and have highly developed skills. You’ll need good fine motor skills and strong attention to detail. It’s important that you can work to a brief and understand your instructions. Special Effects Makeup Artists should be flexible and able to work irregular hours when required.

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Popular Special Effects Makeup Artist Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Special Effects Makeup Artist.

CUA51020
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Special Effects Makeup Artist earn?

In Australia, a full time Special Effects Makeup Artist generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Special Effects Makeup Artist?

The number of people working in this industry has grown strongly over the last five years. There are currently 2,500 people employed as a make up artist in Australia and some of them specialise as a Special Effects Makeup Artist. Special Effects Makeup Artists may find work in larger towns and cities where media productions are based.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Special Effects Makeuip Artist?

If a career as a Special Effects Makeup Artist interests you, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services). This course will prepare you to apply makeup and hair effects for movies and television productions. You could also further your studies with a Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services).

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