Georgia does not currently have any colleges or universities that offer programs specifically for make-up artists. However, aspiring make-up artists can choose to enroll in esthetician certificate programs, which typically require students to complete a total of 33 credit hours. Besides learning about make-up application, these programs teach students about skin care and beautification techniques. Students also get the chance to complete a practicum experience to help them develop hands-on skills in the field.
In addition, some schools offer associate or bachelor's degree programs in theatre, which include courses in make-up applications. Though this is often just one or two classes within a larger degree program, students can learn application techniques that can help prepare them for a career as a make-up artist in the stage, media or performance arts fields.
Below are short overviews of seven public 2-year colleges and 4-year universities in Georgia that offer make-up artist training, some of which prepare students for licensure, as well as a table that compares individual program offerings and tuition info at a glance.
Georgia Perimeter College
Based in Decatur, Georgia Perimeter College offers an associate's degree program in theatre. It requires 42-44 credit hours and includes a course in make-up for the stage. This class covers hair and wigs, skincare, 2-D make-up application and more.
Lanier Technical College
Lanier Technical College, located in Oakwood, also offers a 33-credit hour esthetician certificate program. This program includes courses in color theory and make-up, anatomy and physiology of the skin, advanced skincare, salon management and other related topics. It also includes a practicum and prepares students to sit for the esthetics license examination.
Ogeechee Technical College
Ogeechee Technical College is located in Statesboro. It offers a 33-credit cosmetic esthetician certificate program that can prepare students for the esthetics license examination. Courses include color theory and make-up applications, skincare procedures and a practicum.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia in Athens offers a 120-credit bachelor's program in theatre that includes a course in make-up for the performance arts. This class provides students with drawing and face painting skills, cosmetics application practice and knowledge of wigs and hairpieces. Other coursework covers areas such as script analysis, acting and drama lab.
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, offers a 120-credit hour bachelor's program in theatre. It includes a course in stage make-up that teaches students to apply make-up through class projects. Instruction is also offered on 3-D make-up techniques. The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredits this program.
West Georgia Technical College
Located in Waco, West Georgia Technical College offers an esthetician certificate program that requires 33 credit hours. Some courses include make-up and color theory, electricity and facial treatments, esthetics basics, skincare procedures and an esthetics practicum. This program can prepare students for the esthetics license examination.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta offers a 33-credit hour esthetician certificate program that is designed to prepare students for the esthetics license examination. It covers topics such as color theory and make-up, skincare, anatomy and physiology of the skin and more. The color theory and make-up course includes information on product choice and application, facial proportions, make-up tools and camouflage therapy.
Performing professional esthetician services at salons and other similar establishments legally requires state licensure through the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology. To obtain licensure, individuals need to complete a 9-month, 1,000-hour course at an approved school or complete 2,000 hours of apprenticeship training, pass a practical and written exam and be at least 17.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Make-up Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Georgia Perimeter College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Arts in Theatre||$3,213 in-state; $9,288 out-of-state*|
|Lanier Technical College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Esthetician Certificate||$3,164 in-state; $5,834 out-of-state*|
|Ogeechee Technical College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Cosmetic Esthetician Certificate||$41 per credit hour**|
|University of Georgia||4-year, public; midsized city||Bachelor of Arts in Theatre||$11,622 in-state; $29,832 out-of-state*|
|University of West Georgia||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Arts in Theatre||$6,143 in-state; $16,717 out-of-state*|
|West Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Esthetician Certificate||$2,724 in-state; $4,860 out-of-state*|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; small suburb||Cosmetic Esthetician Certificate||$2,734 in-state; $4,870 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Ogeechee Technical College.