Programs for aspiring make-up artists can be found at community colleges, technical schools and some universities. Make-up artistry classes are often offered as part of a school's summer intensive or continuing education program.
Schools with Make-Up Artistry Programs
The following schools offer make-up artistry programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Montclair State University||Montclair, NJ||4-year, Public||Certificate||$12,112 in-state, $20,004 out-of-state (2016-2017)|
|Santa Monica College||Santa Monica, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,136 in-state, $8,078 out-of-state|
|Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry||Oakland Park, FL||<2-year, Private-for-profit||Certificate||$9,550|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,360 in-state, $6,286 out-of-state|
|Augusta Technical College||Augusta, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$373/credit hour (2016-2017)|
|Emerson College||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Courses||$1,800/course|
|Boca Beauty Academy||Boca Raton, FL||<2-year, Private-for-profit||Certificate||$17,110|
|Cameo College of Essential Beauty||Murray, UT||2-year, Private-for-profit||Courses||$15,744|
|Empire Beauty School - Brooklyn||Brooklyn, NY||<2-year, Private-for-profit||Certificate||$12,000|
*Sources: NCES, school websites
School Selection Criteria
When selecting colleges and schools that offer make-up artistry consider the following:
- Some public and private institutions offer certificate programs that focus solely on the application of make-up, while other schools include make-up artistry courses as part of cosmetology diploma or associate's degree programs.
- Programs accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) or state-licensed beauty schools often provide the highest quality training.
- A state-issued exam is required in order to obtain a cosmetology license, so students should look for programs that prepare them for licensure.
- Schools located in commercial cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston may provide greater networking opportunities and invaluable training.
Certificate in Make-Up Artistry
Participants may meet the qualifications for a certificate after completing as few as six courses. Students take both theoretical and practical courses in preparation for careers as make-up artists.
Some vocational or technical schools may have their own salons in which students can work under supervision to gain additional experience. Some programs incorporate an internship into the curriculum.
Diploma in Cosmetology
At the diploma level, prospective make-up artists typically complete courses within the broader cosmetology field as well as within their specialization. Diploma programs commonly involve both coursework and externship opportunities at salons.
Associate's Degree in Cosmetology
An associate's degree program in cosmetology involves extensive coursework and training; students fulfill general education course requirements in addition to specialized courses. Practical training is also common at this level of schooling. These programs may also focus on state licensing preparation. They may result in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science.
Aspiring make-up artists can choose between certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs at a number of different institutions. Some schools may offer professional courses that do not lead to a degree or certificate.