Express Yourself at MUD

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.

Master Make-Up Artistry Program

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.


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 caps 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 on how to map the steps of creating a full prosthetic appliance. They begin by sculpting their ideas, life-casting models, sculpting a custom creature that seamlessly fits with their facial expressions, 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.

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.

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 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.

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

Maria Camilla G.

Maria Camilla G.

Starting Your Career in Make-up

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.

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”.

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Program FAQs

How long is your Master Make-Up Artistry Program?

Our program is 24 weeks consisting of 812 hours.

What are the start dates for this program?

Our upcoming start dates for this program are as follows:

  • Jul 5 – Dec 22, 2023
  • Aug 16 – Feb 20, 2024
  • Sep 28 – Apr 2, 2024
  • Nov 9 – May 14, 2024

*Alternate schedule, the program ends with Beauty 301

What is the schedule for this program?

This program is a full-time program that meets Monday – Friday. For more information on times and start dates, contact us!

Enrolling at MUD

If you’re ready to pursue your passion for make-up artistry, we encourage you to reach out to our admission team today. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff is here to guide you through every step of the enrollment process, from answering your questions to helping you with your application.

Before you apply, you must meet these requirements:

  • Must complete a Student Application Form
  • Submit a $100 dollar registration fee
  • Submit proof of high school degree or GED

Ready to get started? Contact our admissions team by filling out the form.

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