Our popular make-up courses allow you to express your creativity and create professional and unique looks for a range of purposes including photo shoots, fashion parades, television and theatre productions.

Our program includes two flagship courses that are taught by industry experts with years of experience across high-fashion, film, television and theatre. You’ll benefit from their current industry knowledge and networks, covering the latest tools, products and techniques.

Work placement and industry experience

Alongside your on-campus studio work, you’ll gain experience on-location for films and events, on industry excursions and in competitions to enhance your portfolio. Our programs also offer the opportunity to study additional hair units, to support and enhance your make-up skills. 

Looking to get a taste of the industry or some skills for personal use? Check out our range of short courses!

Career outcomes  

Salary range

Make-up artist $34,550 - $72,135

Source: Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

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Profiles and Testimonials

“With a fine arts background, I was keen to pursue a career in bringing characters/creatures to life and gain work as a make-up artist in the film or television industry. 
The Gordon is a practical and fun place to study. The units are designed to give you quality hours of make-up experience, both within the studio and out on work placement. I’ve had the opportunity to experience a variety of avenues in the industry from photoshoots to theatre productions and short films.
The teachers have been the biggest influence, particularly Sue Brooks who is an inspiring and encouraging mentor. I have become free with my creativity, which has pushed my ideas of character make-up to a whole new level.”
Martin Kumnick
Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services

“The Gordon gave me the opportunity to study something I was truly passionate about. I learnt real skills from very talented teachers who work in the industry, and who prepared me to gain employment as soon as I finished. I also got real experience through professional photo shoots. Winning the ‘White Shirt Project’ competition gave me the confidence to know I was ready to work as a make-up artist. 

I am currently working as the counter manager for Tom Ford Beauty in Chadstone. I also have my own freelance make-up business 'Face By H'. In this industry, you need to be diligent as it is tough to get into. Good people skills are also very important, as you always work with different clients. 

My  goal is to work as a make-up artist at New York Fashion Week and to have my work published in a magazine/advertisement. I believe in dreaming big to achieve big.” 
Image: Hannah's winning look
for the White Shirt Project
Hannah Carracher
Certificate IV in Make-up


Certificate IV in Screen and Media "Specialist Make-up Services"

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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