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Make-Up Artist Degree Programs with Course Information

With training in make-up fundamentals, make-up artist certificate programs provide aspiring make-up artists with the skills they need for employment in the fashion, media and theater industries.

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Essential Information

Certificate programs in make-up artistry usually include general education requirements, as well as courses in areas such as studio make-up, special effects, artistry and master make-up classes. Many make-up artist programs also cover areas that include scripting, digital character design and on-set protocols. Specific skills in television and stage make-up are also offered.

Most make-up artist certificate programs can be completed in a year. Previous art experience may be preferred when applying to these programs.


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Make-Up Artist Certificate

Make-up artistry certifications either supply a make-up kit or require students to purchase one. A typical make-up kit contains items like a brush set (usually 30 or more), airbrushes, blushes, lip products and foundation, color wheels, blood and bald caps. Coursework in this type of program is designed to help students develop their aesthetic principles and practical skills through intensive application sessions. Course topics may include:

  • Culture and appearance
  • Fundamentals of makeup for beauty and fashion
  • Advanced stage make-up
  • Intro to visual arts
  • Textile and apparel industry

Popular Career Options

Individuals who receive their certification as a make-up artist have many options after graduation. Students may start their work with cosmetic companies or work on the sets of motion picture studios. Additionally, individuals may work in theatrical productions, television and in beauty salons.

Career Outlook and Salary Information

According to the BLS, makeup artists both in theater and performance made a mean annual wage of $66,560 in May 2015. For the same year, skin care specialists made a mean annual wage of $35,300. The BLS also states that the job outlook for skincare specialists from 2014-2024 is expected to grow by 12%, which is faster than average for all other occupations.

Make-up artist certificate programs provide training in special effects, theater and studio make-up techniques and typically take less than a year to complete. Graduates of certificate programs in make-up artistry can pursue careers in the theater, television, media or beauty industries.

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