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What to Expect

At Academy of Make Up Arts, we keep our class-sizes very small, usually between 10-12 students per session. Our award-winning instructors spend extensive one-on-one time with each student, and the success of each term’s final projects depend on everyone working cohesively to reach their maximum potential. That’s why it’s so important for us to choose applicants who will make the most of this rare opportunity.

Your application package is a chance for you to show us why we should choose you. We’ll consider your academic background, but we know that makeup artists are a different breed from your average post-secondary student: your phone interview with an advisor, admissions essay and portfolio (if you have one) will help us determine whether you’ve got the right stuff to study at AMUA, while also preparing you for what we expect of our students.

Before you enroll, familiarize with the policies in our School Catalog and Annual Performance Report, which gives you invaluable information about our completion rates, job placement rates and more. And while you’re doing your homework, check out “The Importance of Admissions Essays and How to Write a Good One,” by our Director Ashley Driver Lords.

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Our advisers are here to help you through the admissions process. Once you’ve read through our website and come up with some questions, complete the short inquiry form and an adviser will connect with you.

We may call you for a casual conversation just to get to know you better so we can personalize the assistance we give you. We will help you gather the required paperwork to prove you meet the requirements for admission.

Once you have completed the application and provided the required paperwork, your file goes to the Director for a final review. Your adviser will then give you a call or email to let you know the results.

Once you’re on campus, your adviser will still be here to help guide you in the right direction. If you want to take another AMUA program after graduation, we can help with that, too.

Requirements for Admission

  • You must be 18 years old, or 16 with parental consent if all other entry requirements are met.
  • You must have graduated from high school or the equivalent.
  • You must tour our institution (or virtual tour along with a phone interview).
  • You must confirm that you have secured finances.

You are encouraged (but not required) to submit a portfolio that reflects previous work in makeup and/or other artistic interests. Submit portfolios here: 

Acceptable Proof of High School Completion

  • Official, sealed copy of your high school transcript or GED
  • Official, sealed copy of a completed Bachelor’s degree transcript
  • State certification of home-school completion and transcripts
  • Tennessee High School Proficiency Exam letter
  • Signed Proof of High School Equivalency Declaration Form
  • We cannot accept copies nor make copies of your originals!

Other Transcripts

  • Gather transcripts or proof of completion from all prior post-secondary schools including aesthetics, cosmetology, college and university

Military Veterans

Veterans planning to use VA educational benefits must provide the following:

  • Letter of Eligibility (LOE)
  • DD-214

Email supporting documents to:

or Mail to:

Academy of Make Up Arts
830 Fesslers Parkway, Suite 114
Nashville, TN 37210


You can submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom at to be considered for scholarships. Please note, Slideroom charges a $10 fee to submit your portfolio. Multi-program discounts are also available! 

Certificate or Diploma Policy

Upon successful completion of programs, Academy of Make Up Arts will issue a Certificate or Diploma stating the number of clock hours the student has completed in training. Academy of Make Up Arts does not issue nor guarantee state licensure. We do not prepare attendees for state licensure examinations. Our Training Policy does not guarantee job placement or advancement in the field. Click here for more information on licensure requirements.

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