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Makeup Artistry and Design

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32 Weeks



Program Outline

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About The Program

The Makeup Artistry and Design diploma program offers an 4-week field placement for students to gain hands-on experience.

Career Opportunities

The Makeup Artistry and Design program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Television, Film and Theatre, Salons and Beauty Studios, Retail or Wholesale Cosmetic Representative, Makeup Advisor at Fashion Shows, Makeup Consultant for Bridal and Glamour.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Makeup Forever
  • Sephora
  • Glow Parties
  • Halifax Boudoir Photography
  • Neddy’s Aesthetics and Spa


94 %

Employment Rate*

$ 14

Average Wage/hr**

$ 24

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 6562 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Are you looking to unleash your creativity? Go behind the scenes of film, television, photography, fashion, and theatre with a career in Makeup Artistry and Design through Eastern College.
As Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive makeup design program, you’ll be trained in crafting fashion looks, using special effects makeup, and how to market yourself and establish relationships with a diverse range of clients.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • 4-Week field placement
  • Preparation to write the licensing exam of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia 
  • Foundation to work in the Maritime motion picture industry

Makeup Artistry is legislated as a licensed trade within Nova Scotia. Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a diploma in Makeup Artistry and Design and be prepared to write the licensing exam of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia.

Passing this exam allows you to receive your license in Makeup Artistry. Only license holders are able to perform make-up applications professionally.

The Makeup Artistry and Design program offers a strong and thorough foundation in makeup artistry, an important consideration for those wanting to participate in the Maritime motion picture industry. It is also a prerequisite towards obtaining membership within the motion picture workforce.

Students should check with local film technician organizations and associations for up to date prerequisites and requirements for membership.

Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Cosmetics & Hygiene
This module provides an introduction to the cosmetics industry; deals with the details of bacteriology, disinfection, sanitation and infection control; presents an understanding of the structure of the skin and its functions; explains the various ingredients that are found in skin care and makeup products and concludes with a study of makeup products and their uses through the ages. Students learn the importance of image and visual impact within the fashion industry and society; understand the Cosmetology Association approved procedures for infection control and public safety; recognize proper use of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks and exfoliators, skin analysis and facial services.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/CPR Level C/WHMIS
This course trains participants in a variety of industry required certifications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. The World of Fashion & Photography
This module advances frmo general makeup techniques to specific applications. Students study the intracacies of makeup for photography in the context of lighting and composition for both film and digital photography. Students will understand how makeup affects skin tone and overall image as they work on portrait, fashion, color and black and white makeup applications and experience a professional photo shoot with models, on location at a photo studio. Makeup for stage and runway is also covered, as students learn about various types of runways and stage shows and other types of stage performances such as music events, concerts and theater and the appropriate lighting, makeup styles and applications for each. Period makeup is discussed as students learn how, through creativity, research and precise application techniques, to create looks from the past, present and future. The module’s final topic is portfolio building, allowing students to market and promote their skills and proficiently learn to build a clientele.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Makeup Artistry and Design
The purpose of this portion of the program is to provide the student with hands-on practice. This Field Placement component of the program must be conducted in a legitimate, industry-related, supervised environment. This Field Placement is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the Field Placement. Hours may range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Field Placement possibilities may be limited due to current legislation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Color & Beauty Makeup
This module presents detailed information on makeup techniques needed in typical makeup artistry situations. Topics include camouflage makeup; daytime and evening applications; techniques for brows and lashes as well as bridal and special occasion makeup; makeup for men, teens and mature skin. Students learn to bring balance to features and correct skin discoloration using specific products, textures and application techniques; practice consultation techniques that will allow them to create specific looks for each client and event; and to understand ‘camera-ready’ applications. Visual aids, demonstrations and assistance encourage creative development as the student begins to develop their own individual style as a professional makeup artist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Foundation of Makeup Artistry
This module presents a comprehensive approach to selecting proper tools and products. Topics include caring for professional brushes and products and techniques to maintain an organized and sanitary makeup kit and workstation. Students also study the physical and psychological effects of colour; colour theory; and practice determining the client’s colour pallets through colour draping and observation. Facial structure and its influence on proper usage of contouring, shading, highlighting and blending is discussed as key to understanding professional makeup application and for applying corrective makeup techniques including false lashes.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professional Skills
This dual-faceted module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues in the business world. Using a variety of learning methods including role-plays, case studies, group exercises, simulated situations and discussion, students first practice the customer service and interpersonal skills necessary for success in today’s business environment. The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communication skills; therefore the focus of the second part of this module is on learning oral and written techniques that ensure effective business communication. Module concepts include an employability skills review, living with diversity, communicating across cultures, critical thinking, decision-making, conflict management, developing good work habits, effective verbal and non-verbal communications, interpersonal relations, effective listening skills, speaking and presentation skills, and the application of writing techniques to various business documents, as well as to résumés and cover letters.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Special Character and Effects Makeup
This capstone module offers considerable material unique to this program. Students receive instruction in the advanced makeup techniques used in the video, film and television industries. This unique content prepares students to enter the entertainment business, and is recognized as essential knowledge by industry professionals for anyone interested in working in the film industry. Students explore the special requirements of location work, learn to properly read a storyboard, follow continuity, respect set etiquette and work and communicate with crewmembers and creative directors. This module also covers the creation of special effects such as black eyes, bruises, scars, burns, cuts and scratches, aging effects, facial hair, wigs, mustaches and more. This special effect training is considered fundamental for a makeup artist crewmember. A further advanced topic is airbrush makeup and effects. This highly versatile technique is used for creating spectacular color and blending effects. Students learn the mechanics of airbrush equipment as well as how to select the right products for desired makeup and body art designs. A practical focus is maintained with discussion of the business and legislative realities of the profession along with the demands and expectations of today’s cosmetics consumers.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

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