Freelance Makeup Artist Program

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  • Clock Hours: 96
  • Duration: 8 Weekends
  • Meets: Saturday-Sunday 9-4 PM
  • Total Cost of Tuition & Fees: $4,240
    • Application Fee: $100
    • Tuition: $2,400
    • Materials & Admin Fees: $1,740
  • 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

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

Our most streamlined class, the Freelance Makeup Artist program prepares students for the workplace in just 8 weekends. With a focus on beauty and glamour techniques, this option is best suited for those interested in bridal, special  events, pageants and photography. It provides students with the entry-level skills necessary to explore the possibilities as a freelance makeup artist, or to work with their favorite retail cosmetics brands.

We begin with beauty basics, hair styling and sanitization, and then build upon that foundation to create bridal and glamour looks that will get you hired. Each day provides students with invaluable hands-on exercises that culminate in a daily review and critique of their work. This process gives our students practical experience and the confidence to step into the workplace upon graduation.

Beyond expert makeup skills, an understanding of business and the industry is critical. Freelance Makeup Artist students are invited to partake in our intensive week-long makeup business class that is offered 4 times each year.

  • Beauty Makeup – 4 weeks
  • Airbrush Makeup – 1 week
  • Photographic Hair Styling – 1 week
  • Photography & Lighting – 1 week
  • Business Development – 1 week


  • January 14 – March 5 – Closed
  • April 8 – May 28 – Closed
  • July 15 – September 3 – 3 Seats Remaining
  • October 7 – December 3 – 10 Seats Remaining


  • January 13 – March 4
  • April 14 – June 3
  • July 14 – September 2

  • October 6 – December 1

Last updated 5/10/2017

McKenzie Gregg

A Nashville native, Kenzie graduated from AMUA in 2012 in the Professional Makeup Artist Program. In 2013, McKenzie was one of eight makeup artists across the country selected to compete in the New York IMATS Battle of the Brushes, taking 2nd place. Her work has been published in multiple publications and her list of notable clients include Jack White, Timbaland, Devon Bostick, Dean Norris, and Mara Marini.

Kenzie has most recently worked at Animax, Nashville, as well as, Legacy Effects, Hollywood, two very prestigious companies in the business of creating special effects for international amusement parks, videos, commercials and movies.