Make-Up Schools in Nashville, TN with Class and Course Summaries

At least 2 schools within 40 miles of Nashville, TN, offer instruction in make-up. Read an overview of these courses and decide which school is right for you.

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Nashville, TN, Schools with Make-up Courses

In the Nashville, TN, area, no public or private, not-for-profit schools offer stand-alone make-up courses or programs. However, there are a couple of public institutions, both within 45 miles of downtown Nashville, that offer make-up training as part of other programs. This article looks at those schools and programs and also includes a table of important information, such as school type, enrollment and tuition.

  • Middle Tennessee State University, about 36 miles from downtown Nashville, offers courses in theatrical make-up through its Department of Speech and Theatre.
  • Around six miles from the city center, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville offers a course in skin care and make-up within its cosmetology program.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring make-up students can learn about both these institutions through the following table. It reports pertinent facts in a way that makes comparison easy.

Middle Tennessee State University Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 21,913* 806*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $8,612 in-state; $26,348 out-of-state* $4,462 (for the program)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 95%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 59%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (for students beginning in Fall 2016) 76% full-time; 42% part-time* 71% full-time; 40% part-time*
Graduation Rate 44% graduation rate; 14% transfer-out rate (for students beginning in Fall 2011)* 72% graduation rate (for students beginning in 2014-15)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University began as a teacher-training school in 1911. It is the largest and oldest public university in the middle Tennessee region.

Theatre Courses

Middle Tennessee State University offers 3 courses in theatrical make-up through its Department of Speech and Theatre. The course on make-up techniques for performers covers application techniques that may be used for performers in opera, dance, film, TV and theatre. The second course, which is on make-up creation and design, covers portfolio and resume development, problem-solving, wig and hair design, advanced make-up techniques and historical research. The last course covers various arts and entertainment make-up topics. This advanced course is designed to meet each student's individual needs. Students may need to be considered as candidates for the B.S. Theatre program in order to enroll in upper division courses.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology started offering classes in 1963 and has 27 technical centers in the state, including this one in Nashville. It offers programs in business, construction, health science, human services, information technology and manufacturing.

Cosmetology Program

In this program, students are trained to become entry-level cosmetologists. Cosmetology primarily deals with hair, and students enrolled in the program take a course in make-up, facials and skin care. Students who complete the full-time, 1,500 clock-hour program that usually takes about 16 months will earn a cosmetologist diploma.

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