Few schools in the United States focus solely on theater makeup artistry. However, some colleges, universities and technical schools offer degree and certificate programs in theater, fashion, design or cosmetology that can help prepare students for behind-the-scenes careers in theater.
Theater Makeup Schools:
These schools offer programs that can prepare students for theater makeup artistry work:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Blue Ridge Community College||Weyers Cave, VA||2-year, Public||(Cosmetology) Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $5,364; Out-of-state $11,292|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private||(Design) Bachelor's, Master's||$55,465 (undergraduate)|
|Greensboro College||Greensboro, NC||4-year, Private||(Theater) Bachelor's||$29,140|
|Marymount Manhattan College||New York, NY||4-year, Private||(Design) Bachelor's||$33,778|
|Montclair State University||Montclair, NJ||4-year, Public||(Makeup Artistry) Certificate||In-state $12,790; Out-of-state $20,578|
|Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas||Helena, AK||2-year, Public||(Cosmetology) Certificate||In-district $2,930; In-state $3,320; Out-of-state $4,760|
|Shenandoah University||Winchester, VA||4-year, Private||(Theater Design and Production) Bachelor's||$32,530|
|Stephens College||Columbia, MO||4-year, Private||(Theatrical Costume Design) Bachelor's||$30,950|
|Webster University||Saint Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Wig and Makeup Design Course; Bachelors' in Costume Design||$27,900|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
When choosing a theater makeup program there are several things to consider.
- Students may want to consider the history and alumni success of a program when looking at schools and the school's location may be an important consideration, as there may be more employment opportunities in industry cities, such as Los Angeles and New York.
- Hands-on experience can be highly beneficial in a makeup program, and students may want to consider whether a school offers this type of training through workshops, field trips, internships or other methods.
- Most states require a license to be a practicing makeup artist, and the standards for this license can sometimes be rigorous; students should consider licensing requirements and assistance when looking at programs.
- Students may want to take into consideration whether or not a school is accredited and offers membership in professional organizations, such as the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and the National Cosmetology Association.
Courses in Theater Makeup Artistry
Students in theater makeup artistry courses are exposed to the full array of makeup and cosmetology techniques. Some programs offer students the chance to apply their skills in an on-campus television studio.
There are only few programs in theater makeup, though students can pursue studies in theater design, costume design or cosmetology. Considerations of programs can include hands-on experience, location and professional memberships offered at varying schools in this field.