Advanced (Multi-Media) Makeup Artist Program

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  • Clock Hours: 320
  • Duration: 10 Weeks
  • Meets: Monday-Thursday 9-4 PM (Monday-Friday beginning in July)
  • Total Cost of Tuition & Fees: $11,550
    • Application Fee: $100
    • Tuition: $9,000
    • Materials & Admin Fees:  $2,450
  • Award: Certificate

Due to small class sizes, early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites; this program is appropriate for beginners. Fees include Pro Makeup Kit, Airbrush Kit, Special Effects Makeup Kit

This program is approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

This is a MAC Pro approved program.

Our small class size and intense hands-on training separate us from other schools. At AMUA we make this an integral part of our philosophy, paired with approachable and highly qualified instructors. We begin with beauty basics and progress into high fashion looks for runway and photography. This provides a solid foundation and the technical skills necessary to launch careers in commercial, advertising, bridal, editorial, music video, film and HDTV. 

From the very beginning, we incorporate lighting and photography in real-life applications working with local photographers and models. We then critique the experience and results while discussing how to improve. This process gives our students practical experience and the confidence they need to step into the workplace upon graduation.

For a well-rounded education, this program then delves deep into the history of makeup. We work through the decades, examining the products and trends of the eras and creating the vintage looks in our studio. Understanding our history as makeup artists and the cosmetics used creates “next-level” work from our students and alumni; they are in-tune with trends of the past compared to current trends and the trends of tomorrow. This comprehensive approach is key to our philosophy at AMUA.

In our Advanced Makeup Artist Certification Program, we explore every facet of makeup including airbrush, face and body painting, tattoo cover, fantasy and avant-garde and finally special effects. This program concludes with 3 weeks of basic special effects application that will be critical for the artist working in the realms of film and TV. Bruising, burns, old age, transfers and more will be introduced, practiced and critiqued.

Beyond expert makeup skills, an understanding of the business end of the industry is critical. Our students complete this program with professional photos of their work, a portfolio, website and business cards. They will have an understanding of where to find work, how to book work, and how to maintain a professional edge in this competitive industry.

Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a Certificate approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

  • Beauty Makeup – 3 weeks
  • Airbrush Makeup – 1 week
  • Photographic Hair Styling – 1 week
  • Lighting & Photography – 1 week
  • Business Development – 1 week
  • TV/Film Character Makeup – 3 weeks


  • January 9 – March 16 – Closed
  • April 3 – June 8 – Closed
  • July 10 – September 14 – Closed
  • October 2 – December 7 – Wait-list


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

  • October 1 – December 14

Last updated 7/10/17

Kevin St. James

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.