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When can I start?

We use a quarter-based calendar which means we offer classes in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Most programs start in any season. Since the Special Effects Makeup Program and The Art of Wig and Hair Design Program sessions are longer, they start in the winter and summer only.

What is the difference between authorization and accreditation?

Authorization by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is mandatory, by law, for non-exempt institutions to operate in the State of Tennessee. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation, conducted by the Division of Postsecondary State Authorization, of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health, safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Accreditation, however, is a non-governmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs. Additionally, accreditation is voluntary and is not required by State law. Only institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible to participate in Title IV programs.

Do I need a license to be a makeup artist in TN?

In Tennessee (and most other states except Louisiana), freelance makeup artists don’t need a license. A certificate or diploma from an authorized school is the professional standard set by the IATSE union. Makeup artists wanting to work in Salons and Spa’s need a cosmetology license. Makeup artists who want to be a member of IATSE will need a copy of a school Diploma or Certificate of Completion from makeup school, art school classes, theater or fine arts. Learn more about applying to IATSE.

The union (IATSE) requires hair stylists to have a valid cosmetology license to work on union projects. If your end goal is to style hair and/or wigs for theatre, film or television then you should train at both a reputable licensed beauty school as well as a specialty wig program like ours.

Who is required to be licensed by the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering?

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