Expand Your Make-up Knowledge

MUD students and grads have the opportunity to take individual courses alone, in order to expand a particular area of expertise. Courses can also be taken by individuals in related fields who are trying to build their professional capabilities in their chosen area of employment. MUD offers individual courses during the school day at our Campus in Los Angeles. You may also enroll for individual courses at MUD Studios and MUD Extensions.

Our Individual Courses

Beauty 101: Fundamentals of Beauty Make-up

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.

It 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. As part of this course, students will be required to complete projects that range from natural make-up to avant-garde looks.

Beauty 201: Studio Hairstyling For The Make-up Artist

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.

The 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.

Beauty 301: Beauty Lab

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 set-up will be captured digitally by a professional photographer for the student to use in his or her portfolio. 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

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 are also shown a variety of special make-up effects skills, including the creation of simulated injuries and aging make-ups and the application of effects like bald caps and facial hair.

At the end of the course, students will design and create a character, which will be captured in a photo shoot.

Special Make-up Effects 301: Lab Techniques

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 courses guide students through all 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.

I took their master course and I don't regret taking it! This school really breaks that glass ceiling and gives you opportunities to meet and be around professionals in the industry. I graduated a little over a year ago, and I already have my dream job. Working for a recognized professional artist making feature films!

Rogue Z.

Rogue Z.

Best place for special effects; very convenient and parking right at the back of the school. All instructors are great. Be simple, love what you do and it will be a piece of cake.

Bertha A.

Bertha A.

I loved everything about it! As an international student, I highly recommend it!

Maria Camilla G.

Maria Camilla G.

I did a lot of research looking for the right makeup school for me and my interests. MUD was the best place for me. Teachers go above and beyond for their students and they have a great career placement program.

Lindsey B.

Lindsey B.

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Interested in enrolling for an individual course at MUD?

  • Consult with the MUD Admissions Office before you register, in order to ensure that you have completed all required prerequisites, or have obtained the appropriate equivalent experience.
  • Course prerequisites are noted in each course description. To review them, request a catalog.
  • To register for a particular course, you may need to demonstrate that you are a working make-up artist who possesses the skills required to enroll.
  • Students must also submit a one-time application fee of $100 for the first individual course they take (this fee will be waived for any subsequent enrollments.)
  • Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete an individual course.
  • Please note that individual courses taken on a stand-alone basis are not accredited by the ACCSC.
  • 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.
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