About Academy of Make Up Arts

The Academy of Make Up Arts (AMUA) was founded in 2008 by Ashley Driver, who saw the need for a makeup school in the heart of the South. With Hollywood moving their productions to the South, it was clear to her that providing excellent makeup artist instruction to those interested in working in TV and film was the best route to help them. Even though she loved working as a freelance makeup artist, she had the heart of a teacher and the spirit of an entrepreneur, and so the AMUA was born.

Located in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, AMUA offers instructional programs in beauty makeup, special effects and wig design. Ashley and her staff keep the curriculum updated in order to give the students the latest techniques in their industry. In order to keep the students and alumni skills sharp, continuing education courses and summer programs are scheduled with industry-leading artists and instructors. In addition, the AMUA hosts various workshops throughout the year that are open to students, alumni and to the public.

Not only are our instructors State-approved, they’re composed of some of the entertainment industry’s top talent. One of whom we are proud to share, is an Emmy award winning special effects makeup artist. Another is renowned for decades of experience in live theatre and opera, and others have experience as freelance makeup artists for commercials, videos, and fashion photography. The faculty are not bound by the classroom; they all still work in their respective fields outside the classroom thus ensuring their skills are kept up-to-date. They maintain the ability to share real-world experiences with their students. Learn more about our team.

The AMUA Team is committed to giving the students exceptional daily instruction and provide every student graduate with the highest level of marketable skills and confidence that will set them apart in the makeup industry.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Approved

Veteran’s Benefits Approved


MyCAA Benefit Approved

MAC Pro Approved

Academy of Make Up Arts® is a NACCAS Candidate School for accreditation.