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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 continues to expand,
with MUD Studios and MUD Partner schools across the U.S. and around the world.



MUD’s Campuses in Los Angeles and New York are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).


Our faculty

MUD instructors draw upon at least five years of hands-on experience in a diverse range of make-up fields.


Awards and recognition

MUD Campuses and grads have received some of the highest honors in the industry.