Advanced Makeup Artist Program

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Soon to be renamed: Makeup for Television & Film!

You’re looking for a program that will teach you everything you need to know to become a makeup artist, from beauty to stunning special effects techniques. You want hands-on training with real experts, in small classes that ensure you get the attention and direct instruction you need to succeed. You expect to walk away with a Certificate that carries real weight in the industry, and a diverse portfolio that will help you get your foot in the door.

Unlike other schools, the intensive 10-week Advanced Makeup Artist Program at AMUA in Nashville is structured to prepare you for the challenges you’ll face on the job. Our award-winning instructors know what it takes to make it as a makeup artist. Under their guidance, you’ll work with photographers, live models and actors to develop the everyday confidence and skills that are the mark of a professional.

Graduates of the Advanced Makeup Artist Program go on to launch careers in:

  • Commercials and advertising
  • Wedding and bridal beauty services
  • High fashion editorial makeup
  • Stage and live event production
  • Music videos, film and television

Students will graduate with:

  • Certificate
  • Portfolio with 10 professional photos
  • Access to AMUA Alumni Group and Job Board

Please note

  • Maximum class size is 12 Students; Early enrollment is encouraged
  • Fees include Pro Makeup Kit, Airbrush Kit, Special Effects Makeup Kit

Sample Portfolios


Beauty Basics – 4 Weeks

Learn the fundamentals of the makeup artist’s trade: Beauty and corrective makeup, makeup trends from 1900’s to today, sanitization and hygiene, color theory, and airbrushing

Photographic Hair Styling – 1 week

Take a tour of the past century in hair styling: You’ll master classic styles of yesterday and today, and discover how to make them your own.

Lighting & Photography – 1 week

Get ready for your close-ups: Learn good set etiquette from industry professionals as you explore color theory for different lighting styles. Participate in two days of photoshoots with a pro photographer. You’ll add six different looks to your portfolio.

Business Development – 1 week

Make it as a makeup artist: Key lessons in the business side of freelancing, including contracts, taxes, networking and finding work, building websites and marketing on social media. 

TV/Film Character Makeup – 3 weeks

Your imagination comes to life: Discover the out-of-the-kit special effects techniques used by Hollywood pros, including bruising, burns, age make-up, Pros-Aide transfers, foam-latex prosthetics and more.

2018 Schedule

  • January 8 – March 16
  • March 26 – June 1
  • July 9 – September 14
  • October 1 – December 14

Program Costs

  • Application: $100
  • Tuition: $9,000
  • Other Program Costs: $2,540
  • Estimated cost of other out-of-pocket supplies: $300


AMUA Instructor Kevin St. James
Kevin St. James, Beauty & Fashion Instructor

Kevin St James is a professional makeup artist servicing the Nashville area. Kevin’s earliest makeup experiences began in theatre school and on the stage, where he worked professionally for many years before coming to AMUA.

Kevin was recently the key makeup artist for both Spring and Fall Trends Cover Girl fashion shows at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati. Clients include Maria Salas CNN Latino Entertainment, Patrick Stinson Made In Hollywood and Reese Witherspoon “The Good Lie” Red Carpet Event and Film Premiere.

Kevin teaches the first six weeks (beauty portion) of the program, Ashley Driver Lords teaches the Business Development Course, and Michael C. Meyer teaches the TV/Film Character Makeup Course.

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