Types of Makeup Career Pathways – What You Need to Know

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ACSM courses open the doors to a wide array of makeup careers that can take you so much further than the salon. Armed with the best possible specialised education, you will find opportunities in the fashion, beauty and retail industries and in the performing arts in exciting fields such as film and theatre makeup.

Makeup Career opportunities exist with companies both large and small, or to be your own boss as an independent freelancer. And if working overseas is a part of your dream, an ACSM course can be the first step for an exciting international career.

For example, our Diploma of Screen and Media prepares you for the glamorous world of film, TV, high-fashion, photographic and stage makeup. The course builds the highly-sought after skills you’ll need to establish a range of careers in the world of specialist makeup. If you’re creative and ambitious, if you pride yourself on being a little different to the competition – this could be the perfect course for you.

Your qualifications could lead you into number of makeup careers, including:

  • Special effects makeup
  • Professional makeup artist
  • Film, TV and stage makeup
  • Retail makeup artist
  • Freelance makeup artist
  • Prosthetic artist
  • Editorial makeup artist
  • Face/body painter
  • Social media influencer

ACSM can provide you with the information you need about all our courses, which include a Certificate III in Makeup, a Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, a Diploma of Screen and Media, a dual qualification Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Diploma of Screen and Media, along with a range of Beauty Therapy courses at our sister school, ACBT.

While a formal qualification may not be absolutely essential, many larger organisations and brands will often prefer to employ someone who is certified. This increases their confidence that you will already have mastered the skills essential to the job. They also know that some parts of your training can only be learned in a classroom. They want to be confident that you’re already across the technical aspects of the craft and that you understand how to operate within a safe and creative environment. In short, a certificate or diploma from ACSM will make you more readily employable in your makeup career.

ACSM also offers a variety of short courses and workshops that will help you to keep up with industry trends and new techniques or just learn new skills for your own use.


What Does a Special Effects Makeup Artist Do?

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Have you ever used makeup to transform yourself or a friend and found yourself daydreaming about being a special effects makeup artist for a living?

It’s a highly specialised and incredibly creative career – and getting started isn’t as hard as you probably think!

From Avatar to Aliens, Game of Thrones, The Grinch to awesome Halloween makeup, there are very talented people behind the scenes in showbiz creating those iconic looks.

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Which ACSM Short Course Suits You Best

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Want to transform into a spooky ghoul for Halloween? Or is the glitz and glamour of a drag show more your vibe?
ACSM offer makeup short courses in Perth to brush up on a range of skills, from teen makeup workshops to advanced Halloween SFX.

Why take a makeup short course in Perth?

Short courses are a great intro to the exciting, varied world of beauty.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Staff and students all looked fabulous at the ACBT and ACSM mid-year Graduation held on 10 July 2019 at the Fraser Suites.

Congratulations to all of our graduating students and well done to our fabulous Lecturers for their expertise in training. Thanks to our guest speaker Simone Llewellyn from OzTan, who gave an inspiring talk on her journey and success in business as a Beauty Therapist.