Master Make-up Artistry Program

Beauty 101, Beauty 201, Beauty 301, Special Make-up Effects 201 & Special Make-up Effects 301 

The Master Make-up Artistry program includes all the core courses offered at Make-up Designory. None of the other programs offer as much diversity as the Master Make-up Artistry program. In 812 hours, over the course of 24 weeks, not only will you learn skills that can lead to employment in the worlds of fashion and film and television, but this program will also prepare you to work in a special effects lab setting. The special make-up effects lab is where the appliances used for monster-making and creature-creation have their start. 

Program Overview:

As with all the programs, you begin your training by learning the Fundamentals of Beauty Make-up Artistry (Beauty 101). This first course sets the groundwork for corrective and beauty make-up by teaching facial analysis, contouring, base matching, and color theory.

You will then learn how to take control of a head of hair and create hairstyles – both modern and period in Studio Hairstyling for the Make-up Artist (Beauty 201). 

As a sort of finishing class, Beauty Lab (Beauty 301) takes the skills learned in Beauty 101 and Beauty 201 and adds in some business lessons. Throughout the course, you are challenged to style photo shoots using your make-up and hair skills to start a portfolio that you can use to promote your work. You are also exposed to marketing techniques, resume workshops, and practice interviews to help prepare you for employment after graduation. 

The artistry and craft of special make-up effects, prosthetic application, bald cap creation, aging techniques, injury simulation and hair laying are taught in Character Make-up Artistry (Special Make-up Effects 201). The course culminates in a professional photo-shoot where you use the techniques learned in class to create a character as a final project. 

If you loved designing your own characters in Special Make-up Effects 201, you will thrive in Lab Techniques (Special Make-up Effects 301). This course mimics professional special effects lab environments. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! You will learn to map the steps of creating a full prosthetic device – from the early stages of the first spark of an idea to sculpting the real thing; from life-casting a model to sculpting a custom creature that fits the model’s facial expressions perfectly; from running foam to painting the final product. In the end, you will have your work photographed by a professional photographer to further build upon your portfolio. 

Graduates from this program are prepared to find entry-level work in the following areas: 

Make-up Artist 

Entry-Level Make-up Artist in Film and Television 

Artist on Student Films and Small Budget Productions 

Assistant in a Special Make-up Effects Lab 

Sales Consultant 

Freelance Artist for Weddings or Social Occasions 

Make-up Artist at a Salon (state licensing as a cosmetologist or esthetician may be required) 

As the start of a career in either fashion, special make-up effects lab, film or television, the graduate of the Master Make-up Artistry Program will be prepared with the beauty, character, and lab skills to work in the fashion, special make-up effects lab, film or television industries. Our programs prepare students for the occupation of “Make-up Artist, Theatrical and Performance” (SOC Code 39-5091) and for occupations where knowledge of make-up artistry is required such as “Retail Salespersons” (SOC Code 41-2031) and “Skin Care Specialist” (SOC code 39-5094). More information on these professions can be found at the Department of Labor’s website at: 


Total institution charges for this program including a $100 registration fee: $25,488.00. * 

Jan 8 – June 27, 2024 

Feb 21 – Aug 12, 2024 

April 3 – Sept 24, 2024 

May 15 – Nov 6, 2024 

June 28 – Dec 20, 2024 

Aug 13, 2024 – Feb 18, 2025 

Sept 25, 2024 – April 1, 2025 

Nov 7, 2024 – May 13, 2025 

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 and 4:00 pm. 

For maximum class size, see individual courses that make up the program. 

* In addition to the listed amounts above, the State of California requires we add an additional $ 2.50 per $1,000 of institution charges for the State’s Student Tuition Recovery Fund. 

Explore educational excellence with Make-up Designory (MUD), globally recognized for top-tier makeup artistry training. Our accredited main campuses in Los Angeles and New York, along with MUD Studios across Europe, Asia, and South Africa, provide advanced programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Through our MUD Extension program, we also partner with select cosmetology and esthetician institutes worldwide, enriching their offerings with our expert makeup courses. Discover the perfect location to advance your career in professional makeup artistry.