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Make-Up Artist Programs in MN with School Overviews

Jul 22, 2019

Research make-up artist programs in Minnesota, which currently has over 30 schools offering relevant programs. Read an overview of diploma, certificate and degree programs, tuition info and program options for 10 of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

In Minnesota, make-up artistry can be studied through cosmetology, esthetics and theatre arts programs, which are offered at undergraduate certificate, diploma or associate degree levels. In addition, one school noted in this article offers a bachelor's degree in theatre arts that includes studies in make-up. Stand-alone classes are also available. Through these courses and programs, students learn to apply daytime make-up and could also learn to apply make-up for film and stage actors, runway models and brides. In addition, students can gain hands-on skills by working in on-campus salons and clinics.


Central Lakes College - Brainerd

Brainerd's Central Lakes College offers an Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance program that includes some make-up courses. This 2-year program is geared toward students who wish to transfer to 4-year institutions and go on to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The 60-credit program also includes courses in acting, theatre costuming, script study and production, along with general education electives.

Century College

White Bear Lake's Century College offers a cosmetology program that results in a diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree. The 52-credit diploma program focuses on career training, while the 72-credit associate program includes general education coursework. Students can complete either program on a part- or full-time basis, and the school offers daytime, online and evening courses.

Faces ETC Make-Up Artist School of Minnesota

Located in Minneapolis, this school offers training courses that result in a certificate of completion. This school's programs are not geared toward cosmetologist licensing; instead, they focus specifically on make-up artistry. Upon graduation, students can seek work as media make-up artists, which does not require a license.

The 130-hour multi-media program is designed to train make-up artists for employment in areas like film, television or advertising. The crash course to beauty is an intensive weeklong make-up artistry training session that is open to experienced make-up artists. This school also provides daylong specialty courses, covering topics such as bridal make-up, runway make-up and business marketing, to name a few.

Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical

Located in Winona, this college's cosmetology program awards a diploma or an associate degree. To earn the degree, students need to complete eight more credits than the diploma program. Students receive practical training through labs and the school's salon. This school also offers a certificate in estheology, which focuses specifically on skincare. Make-up application is part of one of the estheology courses and is part of both the cosmetology and estheology programs.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota State Community and Technical College's cosmetology program is offered at the school's Wadena location. The program awards a diploma, and students can complete general cosmetology training or specialized training in areas like skincare, nail care or hair color. Along with facials and hair removal, one course covers make-up application, such as fake lashes. Students in the course also learn how to do a daytime make-up look. Cosmetology students receive hands-on training by practicing on mannequins, as well as by providing beauty services for real clients at the campus salon.

Minnesota State University - Mankato

The Mankato-based university offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science program in theatre arts. Both programs incorporate stage make-up courses covering theory and practice. These 45-major-credit programs are designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the theatre arts, along with a background in general education. The curricula also include courses in acting, directing and theatre history.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

This college offers a cosmetology diploma program that can be taken at the school's Jackson and Pipestone locations. This program takes three semesters to complete, and students explore topics such as sterilization methods, hygiene procedures, skincare and grooming. The skincare course involves make-up, facials and dermatology care, teaching students about make-up and cosmetic techniques. Practical training takes place at the on-campus clinic.

Ridgewater College

Willmar's Ridgewater College has a cosmetology program that awards a diploma or an associate degree. Both provide make-up training, and students receive practical training through the college's salon and day spa, which offers salon services to clients at a discounted rate. Along with the 67-credit associate and the 52-credit diploma programs, students can focus on skincare by completing an estheology or advanced esthetics certificate program. The preclinic skincare courses, which is in all of these programs, introduces students to different make-up applications.

Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College is located in Austin and has a cosmetology diploma program that takes a year to complete. This program has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, and students can begin the program during the fall or spring terms. The curriculum includes cosmetology topics, such as manicuring, hair design and hair color, along with license preparation and business administration courses. Selecting and applying make-up is covered in the skincare course, along with applying artificial eyelashes and arching eyebrows.

Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College

Located in Saint Paul, this college offers a cosmetology diploma and associate degree program. Students of either program complete pre-clinic classroom coursework on a full-time basis, but they can choose to complete the practical clinic sessions on a part- or full-time basis. Students need to purchase a tool kit with cosmetology supplies before starting courses. Enrollment takes place during the fall, spring and summer terms. Make-up application and cosmetic chemistry is part of both curricula.

Career Requirements

Although not all make-up artists need to have a formal license for employment, individuals wishing to work in salons or spas need to have a cosmetology license to provide beauty services. These licenses are issued and regulated through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. To become licensed, aspiring cosmetologists need to possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, earn an official certification of skills through an approved school (including 1,550 hours of cosmetology training) and successfully pass the state written exam. The cosmetology programs described in this article are approved for state licensure. Below is a comparison table showing tuition info and program features.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Make-Up Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Central Lakes College - Brainerd 2-year, public; remote town Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance $5,493*
Century College 2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
$5,435*
Faces ETC Make Up Artist School of Minnesota <2-year, private for-profit; large city One-Day Specialty Classes,
Crash Course to Beauty Training,
Faces ETC of MN Certificate of Completion
$5,995**
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical 2-year, public; distant town Estheology Certificate,
Cosmetology Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
$5,628*
Minnesota State Community and Technical College 2-year, public; remote town Cosmetology Diploma $5,335*
Minnesota State University - Mankato 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts
$8,184 in-state;
$16,235 out-of-state*
Minnesota West Community and Technical College 2-year, public; remote town Cosmetology Diploma $5,692 in-state;
$10,838 out-of-state*
Ridgewater College 2-year, public; remote town Cosmetology Diploma,
Estheology Certificate,
Advanced Esthetics Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
$5,765*
Riverland Community College 2-year, public; distant town Cosmetology Diploma $5,570*
Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College 2-year, public; large city Cosmetology Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
$5,561*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Faces ETC Make-Up Artist School of Minnesota

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