Programs

Capture a feeling.
Create a moment.
Break the mold.

Special make-up effects. Bridal hair and make-up magic. Runway and editorial. Retail consultation. Beauty and character. Film and television. MUD programs provide comprehensive instruction in the skills you’ll need to specialize wherever your interest lies.

Choose from four programs, offered at our Campuses in Los Angeles and New York.

The Fashion Make-Up Artistry Program provides students with a strong foundation in beauty make-up artistry. Since the elements of beauty form the foundations of all make-up, this provides the perfect starting point for the novice artist. Program graduates will be prepared with the beauty skills necessary to work in the fashion industry. The three courses that comprise MUD’s beauty section encompass a total of 392 hours over 12 weeks. 

Beauty 101: Fundamentals of Beauty Make-Up Artistry

This course provides instruction on the basics of skin tone matching, highlights and shadows, facial analysis, contouring, color theory, corrective make-up and proper cosmetic hygiene. 

Beauty 201: Studio Hairstyling for the Make-Up Artist

This course provides students with instruction in the techniques required to create a variety of hairstyles, ranging from updos to hairstyles from different time periods. As students progress, the hairstyling techniques become more advanced in difficulty, and Beauty 101 skills are incorporated to create a complete look. 

Beauty 301: Beauty Lab

In this course, students create make-up and hairstyling set-ups on professional models, in a series of projects that are designed to challenge the student while simulating actual working environments. Each set-up is captured by a professional photographer; photos may be used by students in their portfolios. While students receive lessons on the business of make-up artistry in all courses, this course devotes time to instructing students on website design, resume skills, marketing techniques and other business acumen necessary to help them succeed in their careers. 

This program has been designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level make-up artist. Graduates from this program are prepared to find entry-level work in the following areas: 

  • Make-Up Artists
  • Sales Consultants
  • Freelance Artists for weddings and social occasions
  • Make-Up Artists at a salon (state licensing as a cosmetologist or esthetician may be required) 

From basic corrective make-up to the intricacies of applied special make-up effects, the Film and Television Make-Up Artistry Program teaches the techniques necessary to prepare actors for the camera in order to bring characters to life. Program graduates will be prepared with the make-up artistry skills necessary to work in the film and television industry. This 420-hour program is taught over a 12-week period. 

Beauty 101: Fundamentals of Beauty Make-Up Artistry

This course provides instruction on the basics of skin tone matching, highlights and shadows, facial analysis, contouring, color theory, corrective make-up and proper cosmetic hygiene. Students are guided through the basics before progressing to creating flawless beauty make-ups or male corrective looks.

Special Make-Up Effects 201: Character Make-Up Artistry

This course provides students with a foundation in character make-up. Students are shown aging techniques, bald cap and prosthetic applications, injury simulation and the basics of laying crepe wool for beards, mustaches or other body hair. In their final project, students combine the many techniques that they have learned to design and create a portfolio-ready special make-up effects character that is captured in an editorial photo shoot by a professional photographer. 

This program has been designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level make-up artist in film and television. Graduates from this program are prepared to find entry-level work in the following areas: 

  • Entry-Level Make-Up Artists in film and television
  • Make-Up Artists on student films and small-budget productions
  • Sales Consultants
  • Freelance Make-Up Artists for weddings and social occasions
  • Make-Up Artists at a salon (state licensing as a cosmetologist or esthetician may be required) 

MUD’s Multimedia Make-Up Artistry Program combines instruction in make-up for fashion and editorial applications with that for film and television. Students are guided through the processes of how to make models look their best for print. Once students are proficient in making models look their best, we challenge them to make them look their worst – or scariest, creepiest or goriest. Program graduates will be prepared with the make-up artistry skills necessary to work in the fashion, film or television industries. This 602-hour program is taught over an 18-week period. 

Beauty 101: Fundamentals of Beauty Make-Up Artistry

This course provides instruction on the basics of skin tone matching, highlights and shadows, facial analysis, contouring, color theory, corrective make-up and proper cosmetic hygiene. Students are guided through the basics before progressing to creating flawless beauty make-ups or male corrective looks.

Beauty 201: Studio Hairstyling for the Make-Up Artist

This course provides students with instruction in the techniques required to create a variety of hairstyles, ranging from updos to hairstyles from different time periods. As students progress, the hairstyling techniques become more advanced in difficulty, and Beauty 101 skills are incorporated to create a complete look. 

Beauty 301: Beauty Lab

In this course, students create make-up and hairstyling set-ups on professional models, in a series of projects that are designed to challenge the student while simulating actual working environments. Each set-up is captured by a professional photographer; photos may be used by students in their portfolios. While students receive lessons on the business of make-up artistry in all courses, this course devotes time to instructing students on website design, resume skills, marketing techniques and other business acumen necessary to help them succeed in their careers. 

Special Make-Up Effects 201: Character Make-Up Artistry

This course provides students with a foundation in character make-up. Students are shown aging techniques, bald cap and prosthetic applications, injury simulation and the basics of laying crepe wool for beards, mustaches or other body hair. In their final project, students combine the many techniques that they have learned to design and create a portfolio-ready special make-up effects character that is captured in an editorial photo shoot by a professional photographer. 

This program has been designed to provide graduates with the beauty and character make-up artistry skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level make-up artist in fashion, film and television. Graduates from this program are prepared to find entry-level work in the following areas: 

  • Make-Up Artists
  • Entry-Level Make-Up Artists in film and television
  • Make-Up Artists on student films and small-budget productions
  • Sales Consultants
  • Freelance Make-Up Artists for weddings and social occasions
  • Make-Up Artists at a salon (state licensing as a cosmetologist or esthetician may be required) 

MUD’s Master Make-Up Artistry Program offers a diverse set of skills to the student make-up artist. This program provides students with the necessary instruction to prepare them for work in the worlds of fashion, film, television and a special make-up effects lab setting – specifically, where the appliances used for monster-making and creature-creation have their start. Program graduates will be prepared with the beauty, character and lab skills to work in the fashion, film or television industries and special make-up effects labs. This 812-hour program is taught over a 24-week period. 

Beauty 101: Fundamentals of Beauty Make-Up Artistry

This course provides instruction on the basics of skin tone matching, highlights and shadows, facial analysis, contouring, color theory, corrective make-up and proper cosmetic hygiene. Students are guided through the basics before progressing to creating flawless beauty make-ups or male corrective looks.

Beauty 201: Studio Hairstyling for the Make-Up Artist

This course provides students with instruction in the techniques required to create a variety of hairstyles, ranging from updos to hairstyles from different time periods. As students progress, the hairstyling techniques become more advanced in difficulty, and Beauty 101 skills are incorporated to create a complete look. 

Special Make-Up Effects 201: Character Make-Up Artistry

This course provides students with a foundation in character make-up. Students are shown aging techniques, bald cap and prosthetic applications, injury simulation and the basics of laying crepe wool for beards, mustaches or other body hair. In their final project, students combine the many techniques that they have learned to design and create a portfolio-ready special make-up effects character that is captured in an editorial photo shoot by a professional photographer. 

Special Make-Up Effects 301: Lab Techniques

This course mimics an actual special make-up effects lab environment, and students must be prepared to get their hands dirty. Students are instructed in how to map the steps of creating a full prosthetic appliance. They begin by sculpting their ideas, life-casting models and sculpting a custom creature that seamlessly fits with their facial expressions, and running foam and painting the final product. Students are given the opportunity to have their final product captured in a portfolio shoot by a professional photographer. 

This program has been designed to provide graduates with the beauty and character make-up artistry skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level make-up artist in fashion, cosmetic sales, film and television, or in a special make-up effects lab. Graduates from this program are prepared to find entry-level work in the following areas: 

  • Make-Up Artists
  • Entry-Level Make-Up Artists in film and television
  • Make-Up Artists on student films and small-budget productions
  • Lab Assistants in a special make-up effects lab
  • Sales Consultants
  • Freelance Make-Up Artists for weddings and social occasions
  • Make-Up Artists at a salon (state licensing as a cosmetologist or esthetician may be required) 

MUD Grad Benefits

If you have already graduated from a MUD program, you can audit courses that you’ve previously taken free of charge, in order to brush up your skills and refresh your memory.

You may also enroll for individual courses at MUD Studios
and MUD Partner Schools.

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