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Chicago Make-Up Artist Schools: Program Information and Options

Jan 15, 2019

The Chicago area has around 12 schools that offer make-up artist programs and classes. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, none more than 15 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Make-Up Artist Schools in Chicago

Students wishing to enroll in a make-up artist training program have several options in the Chicago area, many offered by private, for-profit training institutions. The programs are typically completed over the course of several months, with specific workshops becoming available sporadically. This article looks at three schools that are within 20 minutes of downtown. A table of facts about the schools, including costs, enrollment and graduation rates, is also included. At the end of the article is a little information about another Chicago-area school that offers make-up training.

  • Students who are interested in both esthetics and cosmetology may consider the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, about 13 miles from downtown. Courses offered by this school can count toward continuing education requirements for students who are already professional cosmetologists or estheticians.
  • In addition, Pivot Point Academy offers training in skin care and make-up application in two locations near downtown Chicago. One campus is just eight miles from the city center. Students can complete an esthetician education program.
  • About five miles from downtown, Douglas J Aveda Institute - Chicago offers an esthiology program that covers skincare and make-up application using natural skincare products.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals need to consider a number of factors when choosing a school for make-up training, and the following table offers an easy way to compare these schools in several vital areas.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Pivot Point Academy Douglas J Aveda Institute - Chicago
School Type Private, for-profit Private, for-profit Private, for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 92 71 113
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees 2017-2018* $19,982 for cosmetology program; $13,184 for esthetician program $18,398 for cosmetology program; $10,594 for esthetician program $21,100 for cosmetology program; $11,125 for esthetician program
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 88% 71% 86%
Acceptance Rate Open admissions Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 57% 70% 74%
Graduation Rate (Students beginning in 2014)* 55% 88% 84%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

Mario Tricoci founded Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in 2004. The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences accredits this school, which offers programs in cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology and cosmetology teacher training. Cosmetology and esthetics programs prepare pupils to become make-up artists. Training methods include demonstrations, lectures, videos and visits from professional make-up artists. Students acquire practical experience at the school's student salons.

Esthetics Program

This program covers theoretical and practical make-up techniques. Learners explore safety and sanitation, skin care treatments, facial massage techniques, make-up application methods and hair removal treatments in the 750-hour program. Graduates can find jobs as body treatment specialists, waxing specialists and make-up artists after earning the Illinois Esthetician License.

Cosmetology Program

This 1,500- to 1,550-hour program includes training in hair, skin and nail care to prepare participants for jobs in beauty salons, spas and other skin care locations. Pupils study sanitation, business principles and the theories behind esthetics. Some classes address common trends in make-up, hair care and skin care.

Pivot Point Academy

In addition to training students, Pivot Point Academy offers workshops and seminars throughout the year that can help professionals further develop their skills. Study abroad opportunities are also available.

Esthetician Education Program

This 750-hour program includes training in facials, makeup application, body treatments and hair removal. Enrollees learn about skin care practices and how to improve appearance through waxing techniques, natural products, facials, body wraps and make-up. The program also includes training on client services and business basics.

Douglas J Aveda Institute - Chicago

The Douglas J Aveda Institute offers training in a state-of-the art facility near downtown Chicago. The school offers job placement and housing assistance, as well as numerous ways to gain hands-on experience before entering the workforce.

Esthiology Program

This program covers make-up application and skin care and requires students to complete 750 hours of training. Students can expect to gain experience with performing body treatments, hair removal and facials to prepare for careers as licensed skin estheticians.

Cosmetology Program

This program has five phrases and totals 1,500 hours. Students take a hands-on approach learning the techniques needed to become a cosmetologist who completes spa and salon services. Students will also need to buy a cosmetology kit for this program.

Other School Options

Make-up artist courses are also available at Paul Mitchell the School - Chicago, located 1.8 miles away.

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