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With training in all the medias, graduates of this program never have to turn down a job. They are versatile and skilled in all areas of artistry. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment as makeup artists in the cosmetic, fashion, bridal, salon/spa, film, TV, theatrical and entertainment industries.

Course Descriptions

Fundamental Makeup Technique

105 clock hours

This begins your evolution as an artist. We help you transform your image, develop the professional traits of a successful artist, and build a strong foundation in the essential techniques of beauty makeup artistry. Short lectures, video presentations, and live demonstrations are followed by guided practice emphasizing the individual elements of makeup application. This course is recommended for beginners and artists who have worked at a retail counter and lack technical training. It emphasizes the attention to detail necessary to work in every media. The course includes:

  • The Essential Principles of Application
  • Professional Dispositions
  • Artistic Color Theory
  • Sanitation & The Tools of the Trade
  • Facial Geometry & Corrective Techniques
  • Brow Shaping & Design
  • Problematic Lip Shapes & Correction
  • Skin Care & Primers
  • Corrective Technique on Different Eye Types
  • Current Looks & Trends
  • Reshaping with Highlighting & Contouring
  • Multi-Cultural Makeup

Airbrushing Makeup

28 clock hours

Airbrushing makeup is the preferred technique for digital photography and HDTV (high definition television). Those specializing in print-work, fashion, and bridal makeup need to master this skill. Airbrushing provides a camera-ready velvety texture in a quarter of the time it takes to do traditional makeup application. This class covers basic application (including eye makeup, blush, and lip color).

Wedding & Event Makeup

21 clock hours

This course covers ‘camera ready’ makeup for bridal and special events. Airbrushing Makeup is a pre-requisite as both brides and photographers request it. Students learn current trends and classic looks for any occasion from a big-city black tie extravaganza to a simple oceanfront ceremony.

Students adapt makeup for in-studio photo shoots or outdoor events. They also learn how to market their services, create bridal contracts and develop a thriving bridal business.

Retail & Marketing

6 clock hours

A thorough critique of each individual’s skills and career goals prepares each student to enter the job market as a professional makeup artist. Client relations, retail cosmetic sales and marketing, job opportunities, hiring expectations, employee responsibilities and interview skills are all covered.

Makeup for Fashion

126 clock hours

This course is staged in a different atmosphere. Students now comprise a creative team; they learn to work with designers, models, creative directors and photographers. Print advertising, catalog layouts, fashion editorial work, black & white and color photography, and runway shows are included. Students learn how to research, design, and execute successful advertising campaigns and magazine editorial spreads ranging from commercial ‘clean beauty’ to high fashion ‘glam’ and fantasy makeup.

Students’ work is captured in several photo shoots including a commercial headshot, a black & white photo, a high fashion editorial shot, and a vintage fashion shot. Artists’ responsibilities include research, design, makeup, hair and wardrobe styling. The work is evaluated on editorial style, beauty and makeup proficiency.

Students learn how to build a winning portfolio and plan their marketing strategy.

Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

14 clock hours

Production makeup artists must be able to style hair. This course teaches hair styling techniques for commercial, editorial, and fashion work. Fundamentals of hairstyling, from basic blow-drying to intricate up-dos prepare students for production work. Students also learn period-inspired hairstyles made famous by Hollywood celebrities. Their work is then captured in four photo shoots that follow in the course Makeup for Fashion including a Vintage Pinup Look.

Makeup for Film & TV

98 clock hours

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills necessary to work in television and film, including music videos, commercials, daytime television, sitcoms, reality shows, TV series, news broadcasts, and films. Breaking down a script, industry terminology & protocols, creating a continuity journal and morgue, high definition techniques and products, and pre-production responsibilities are all included.

Theatrical Makeup

35 clock hours

The theatrical makeup course prepares students for work in the performing arts including musicals, operas, ballets and live concerts. Students learn the principles of stage makeup including technical terminology and lighting effects. They learn the makeup techniques designed for small black box theaters and large proscenium stages. Many artists work professionally as body painters. This course teaches the different airbrushing and brush techniques used in body painting. This course includes an application of specific looks such as Clown, Kabuki, Geisha, Skull, Animal, Day of the Dead Masks, and Cirque du Soleil.

Character Makeup

167 clock hours

In film and television, a makeup artist’s job is to help create characters real and fantasy from all time periods. This course teaches the necessary skills to transform actors into whatever the script requires. Students learn many elements of character effects makeup and how to break down a script, plan the makeup prior to the shooting of scenes, and ensure accurate continuity. Topics covered:
  • Character Design & Execution
  • Injury Simulation: Scratches, Lacerations & Scars
  • Bullet Entrance & Exit Wounds
  • Bruises & 1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree Burns
  • Zombies and Dead Simulation
  • Ice FX
  • Character Aging with Highlight & Shadow
  • Stretch & Stipple Aging
  • Bald Cap Application & Coloring
  • Facial Hair Application
  • Tattoo Application
  • Tuition $10,700 Makeup Kits & Supplies $2700