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Top Make-Up Artistry Schools: Information and Overview

Learn about the top schools for make-up artistry, through which students learn about application techniques for cosmetic enhancement, film, and television. Learn about the programs offered at three noteworthy colleges, and find a handy list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training in make-up artistry. View article »

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Courses in make-up artistry can typically be found at schools that offer esthetics or cosmetology programs. Most programs culminate in a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Applied Science. Here are three noteworthy schools that prepare you for a career as an assistant to a cosmetic surgeon, make-up artist, or skin care specialist. Emerson College was highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Mott Community College has a full-service salon on its campus. And Central Carolina Community College offers an esthetics program that goes beyond the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology.

Emerson College

Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, has facilities in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands. Emerson College (EC), a 4-year private school specializing in communications and liberal arts, ranked 8th among regional universities in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. At Emerson, students can earn a certificate in make-up artistry from the Bobbi Brown Program in Make-Up Artistry. The program emphasizes a 10-step make-up application process and provides training in make-up and lighting techniques for photography, television, and film. Students also learn about the business aspect of cosmetic services and create a professional portfolio.

Mott Community College

Students enrolled in the Certificate in Cosmetic Services program at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, complete a professional portfolio before graduating. Mott Community College (MCC) is a 2-year public school that has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Associate of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA). MCC offers a Certificate in Cosmetic Services that prepares students for the Michigan State Board of Cosmetology aesthetician exam. Once enrolled, aspiring professionals study cleansing methods and learn how to activate skin glands, which can help their clients maintain a healthy body and face. Qualified graduates may pursue careers as make-up artists or assistants to cosmetic surgeons.

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  • Beauty Salon Management
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  • Electrolysis
  • Facial Treatment Specialist
  • Hair Design
  • Make-Up Artist
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  • Permanent Cosmetics and Tattooing

Central Carolina Community College

The aesthetics program at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina, combines theory with hands-on learning. When the North Carolina Board of Cosmetology first passed a law requiring estheticians to be licensed in 1999, Central Carolina Community College was the first school in the state to establish a certificate program. In this program, students learn about make-up, waxing, lash extensions, tinting, and body treatments. The program consists of 640 total credit hours. Part-time students can take morning courses and earn a certificate within two semesters, while full-time students can finish in a single semester. Upon completion, graduates are prepared for the state licensure exam.

Top Make-up Artistry Schools

Students can also find stand-out programs for make-up artists at the following schools:

School Name Distinction Location
Cerritos College Campus salon is open to the public Norwalk, CA
Cleveland Community College Offers esthetics technology and esthetics instructor certificate programs Shelby, NC
Honolulu Community College Prepares students for the State Board of Cosmetology Examination Honolulu, HI
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Has full-service salon labs on campus Salisbury, NC
St. Paul College Offers coursework in cosmetic chemistry St. Paul, MN
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Uses the pivot-point system Shell Lake, WI

Aspiring make-up artists can find excellent training programs at public and private colleges around the country. Make-up artist training is often included within broader cosmetology or esthetics programs.

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