Make-Up Artist
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Overview
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Make-up artist is a program that prepares individuals to professionally apply cosmetic makeup preparations and perform complete and specialized appearance makeovers including hairdressing, wig work, masking, temporary prosthesis applications, cosmetic applications, and related costuming for leisure or for professional stage, camera, clinical, or security purposes. includes instruction in period and contemporary hairstyling and costuming; wig work and hairpiece application; synthetic hair and masks; cosmetic preparations and treatments; makeup artistry; attachment, removal, and camouflaging of prostheses; health and safety; client consultation and care; pre- and post-production operations; set and crew conduct and relations; script, instruction, and prescription interpretation; labor relations; and business practices.
Careers for program graduates
Following are recommended careers for people who earn make-up artist degrees, with color indicating the most common education attained by other workers.
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
No degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in make-up artist at each level last year.
05001K2K2K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's Degree
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Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all make-up artist graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 73% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in make-up artist earned in the last academic year, 94% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 95% of other programs.
Completions History

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Number of graduates
05001,0001,5002,000200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Associate's Degree
1-2 Year Certificate
0-1 Year Certificate
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field cosmetology and related personal grooming services, which includes make-up artist.

Median starting salaries
$16K$16K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$10K$12K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate'sCertificate
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer make-up artist degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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