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A day in the life of a MUD student.
At Make-Up Designory (MUD) we provide students from around the world with a rigorous education in the intricacies of professional make-up artistry for film, television, fashion, theatre and retail.
Our two Campuses in Los Angeles and New York are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). We offer comprehensive make-up programs and individual courses at our Campuses, with many more options – from MUD Studios to MUD Partner Schools across the U.S. and around the globe.
A school by make-up artists, for make-up artists.
Make-Up Designory was founded in 1997 by a team of professional make-up artists who wanted to establish a center for higher learning in the field of make-up education. Today, our school has grown from a two-classroom, 800 square-foot location in Toluca Lake, California to two thriving Campuses in Los Angeles and New York – and there’s still more to come. MUD is taking our version of excellence in make-up education further, constantly expanding our reach with MUD Partner Schools and MUD Studio locations around the world.
MUD’s Los Angeles Campus is founded in Toluca Lake, California with courses in Beauty and Character Make-Up and Special Make-Up Effects.
MUD moves to downtown Burbank, California and opens a five-classroom school complete with administrative offices, a student store and photography studio. Today we have expanded our Los Angeles Campus to include three additional classrooms, a library and student lounge.
MUD’s New York Campus opens in Soho. This location will eventually grow to include six classrooms and a ground-level retail space
The first MUD Studio opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia.This will be the first of more than fifteen MUD Studio locations worldwide.
MUD’s New York Campus moves to our current location in the Financial District. MUD NY currently occupies the entire fifteenth floor of the historic American Express building and offers nine classrooms, offices, and a student store.
MUD’s Campuses in Los Angeles and New York are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).LEARN MORE
MUD instructors draw upon at least five years of hands-on experience in a diverse range of make-up fields.MEET OUR FACULTY
Awards and recognition
MUD Campuses and grads have received some of the highest honors in the industry.VIEW AWARDS
Take the first step in turning your passion for make-up artistry into a profession with a rigorous education at MUD.
How to Apply
Ready to apply to MUD? To get started, complete an application.APPLY NOW
Discover your options, answer questions and download the required forms from our Financial Aid site.VISIT SITE
Are you an international student? Find out about the qualifications and documentation you’ll need to attend MUD.LEARN MORE
Request a Catalog
Browse MUD programs and courses, explore our educational resources and learn more about the student experience at our Los Angeles or New York Campuses..REQUEST A FREE CATALOG
Award-winning grads. Experienced instructors. Industry-leading guest speakers. The next class of aspiring make-up artists. As industry insiders, we understand that what you know is as important as who you know, especially in the entertainment, fashion, retail and beauty worlds. We surround MUD students with a vibrant community at the center of the professional make-up industry, because the friends you make today may be the creatives you collaborate with tomorrow.
See what’s happening on your Campus.
MUD hosts an ongoing series of guest speakers featuring everyone from legendary and award-winning make-up artists to writers and other industry insiders at our Los Angeles and New York Campuses. Meet the people who are redefining the worlds of make-up artistry in film, television, fashion, theatre and retail, and get their insights on their craft.
Free Saturday Workshops at MUD
MUD students, grads and working make-up artists with no affiliation to MUD are invited to mingle during weekly Saturday workshops held at our Campuses in Los Angeles and New York. Use our facilities to try out new techniques, work on current projects or swap your favorite tips. You never know who you’ll meet and how you’ll be inspired.
Attend an Open House
Want to take a closer look? Visit our Los Angeles and New York Campuses, meet administrative staff and more at a MUD Open House.LEARN MORE
View Student and Alumni Stories.READ STORIES
Voices of the Industry
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There’s a lot going on at the MUD Campuses in Los Angeles and New York. We invite prospective students to come check out our schools, and welcome students, grads and working artists during our free Saturday workshops. MUD students are also available for hire for film, television, fashion or bridal shoots or other projects.
Stop in at one of our free Saturday workshops, where professional artists, students and grads can come to build out ideas and share insights.SIGN UP
Hire a make-up artist
Looking to hire a student make-up artist? Post your job here.POST A JOB
Please visit each location’s respective site to contact MUD Studios or MUD Partner Schools.LEARN MORE
To learn more, contact us.
Los Angeles Campus
129 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8-5
New York Campus
65 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8-5
Whether you’re interested in make-up for the entertainment, fashion or retail industries, looking to start from scratch, or hoping to build your professional skills with a continuing education course, MUD provides a rigorous education in a vibrant learning environment.
Classes blend lectures and demonstrations with lab work and assignments, to take students from research and casting to a professional photo shoot. Our dedicated faculty draw upon at least five years of experience in a diverse range of make-up fields – and are still working in the industry today.
MUD programs range from 12-24 weeks and are designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of their respective fields.VIEW PROGRAMS
MUD individual courses are typically 3-6 weeks long and offer students the option to focus on specific areas of study.VIEW COURSES
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.
From Los Angeles to New York, Europe to Asia, or Florida to Montana, we’re continually expanding our footprint, to meet the growing demand for quality make-up education.
When you study at MUD’s Campuses, you can immerse yourself in the hubs of the beauty, fashion, film and television worlds at thriving centers for the make-up artisan industry. Choose from comprehensive make-up programs designed to give students a foundation in their areas of interest, or hone your skills with a continuing education course. Working artists, students and graduates are encouraged to use these facilities as a resource – whether to conduct research in our Learning Resource Center, attend a free Saturday workshop or hear a talk from one of our Industry Speaks featured artists.MUD LA CAMPUS MUD NY CAMPUS
Nationwide and worldwide opportunities for make-up education.
MUD is committed to meeting the ever-growing demand for quality make-up education with locations around the U.S. – and around the world. Our MUD Studio and MUD Partner School locations offer MUD-certified curricula and and transferrable-credit courses that are tailored to the industries of each region.
Take MUD-certified courses at locations across the U.S. and around the world at our MUD Studios and MUD Partner Schools.
Interested in traveling to the U.S. to study at MUD’s Los Angeles or New York Campuses?
Housing and transportation recommendations. Career advisement. Educational resources and supply lists. At MUD, students have access to the things they need to thrive.
MUD’s Career Services Department offers continuous graduate assistance and advisement.LEARN MORE
Student Lounge and Learning Resource Centers
MUD’s Learning Resource Centers at our Los Angeles and New York Campuses can help kick-start inspiration and stimulate research and exploration. We also offer Student Lounges equipped with microwaves and televisions, where students can relax, socialize and study.RESOURCES