Course Summary

Course Description

2013 Fees: Tuition: $17,864.00 / Make-Up Kits & Materials: $3,535.00 / Lab Fee: $1,000.00 / STRF Assessment: $11.00 / Total (including $100 application fee): $22,510.00

This program combines Beauty 101, Beauty 201, Beauty 301, Special Make-Up Effects 201 and Special Make-Up Effects 301. Techniques are demonstrated through live, interactive presentations. Students are then asked to practice their skills with the guidance of the course instructor. This program is reviewed semiannually by our Program Advisory Committee, to ensure that the techniques and materials being covered are representative of professional standards. Upon successful completion, this program is designed to prepare the student to work as an entry-level make-up artist and/or entry-level lab technician. Fields requiring make-up artists with this type of training include, but are not limited to: entertainment, theatrical, retail, bridal, special make-up effects, society, salon/spa, fashion and special events. Additionally, this program can be taken by individuals in related fields who are seeking professional enhancement in their chosen area of employment.

This program consists of the following courses:


210 clock hours

Mastering the art of beauty make-up is an essential skill for any make-up artist, no matter what medium or industry he or she chooses. This course is designed to emphasize the skills and attention to detail required for beauty make-up application for film, high-definition television, print photography, advertising, and retail cosmetics. Students will learn facial contouring using highlights and shadows, correction and concealing techniques, base matching, eye and lip treatments, airbrush techniques, and the proper use of powder and cheek color. As part of this course, students will be required to complete projects that range from natural make-up to avant-garde looks.

BEAUTY 201: 

105 clock hours

This course concentrates on the basic fundamentals of hairstyling, from simple blow-drying techniques to creating elaborate, period-inspired hairstyles. Students will learn to create modern styles, as well as edgy and creative hair designs, using hot tools and roller sets. This course incorporates daily projects and skill-building sessions, to encourage learning by practice. As part of this course, students are required to complete hair and make-up projects, which relate to on-the-job experience.

77 clock hours

This course prepares students for work in their selected fields of study through a series of challenging, real-world projects. Students will be required to complete make-up and hairstyle setups on professional models for a series of photo shoots, which are designed to simulate actual working environments. Each setup will be captured digitally by a professional photographer, for the student to use in his or her portfolio. In addition to photo shoots, students will learn how to start and manage their freelance careers.

210 clock hours

This course focuses on character development, with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of prosthetic application and special make-up effects. Students will learn the techniques of professional make-up artists and will gain familiarity with traditional make-up, as well as new materials and tools. Students will also learn a variety of special make-up effects skills, including the creation of simulated injuries and age make-ups and the application of effects like bald caps and facial hair. At the end of this course students will

210 clock hours

This course is designed to provide instruction in the lab and formulation techniques that are required to create contemporary film and television make-up effects. Students will learn prosthetic application, with a focus on the details of prosthetic appliance development. The course takes students through all the phases of project conceptualization and prosthetic application, including design, sculpture, molding, formulation of foam latex and gelatin, as well as seaming, painting, and applying prosthetic pieces. For class projects, students may create original prosthetics or may develop characters inspired by current film and television effects. As part of the course, students will be required to design and create a fully developed prosthetic character, which will be captured in a photo shoot.


This program meets Monday through Friday and consists of 812 clock hours. Day sessions are 24 weeks long, and are between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Maximum class size: 22 students 

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Jan. 7 - June 27
Feb. 20 - Aug. 12
Apr. 3 - Sep. 24
May 16 - Nov. 6
June 28 - Dec. 20 
Aug. 13 - Feb. 18, 2014
Sep. 25 - Apr. 1, 2014
Nov. 7 - May 14, 2014

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