Makeup Artistry Certificate Program

Department of Art and Design -- with Industry Partner Bobbi Brown

Makeup Artistry

Program Contact: Prof. Debra Bergsma Otte; 973-655-7680


Make Artistry Program: The Big Picture

The Makeup Artistry Certificate Program educates and prepares students for productive careers in the broad field of makeup artistry, which includes the cosmetics industry, television, film, theatre, publications, human special effects, and fashion.

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What You Will Study

As a student in the Makeup Artistry Certificate Program, you will master aesthetic principles and practical skills through coursework and practical application. You will also study the personal, social, cultural, and ethical contexts of beauty and fashion to increase your understanding and sensitivity toward the uses of makeup and cosmetics in today’s society.

Program objectives include the fostering of:

  • Knowledge, understanding, and practical skills necessary for the creation and application of professional makeup for fashion, beauty, professional theater, film, and television.
  • Understanding the importance of diet and hygiene in skincare and health.
  • Effective communication, teamwork, and a demonstrable knowledge of the makeup business.

For complete Makeup Artistry Certificate Program course requirements and descriptions, go to:

Students can pursue the Makeup Artistry Certificate program in either of the following ways:

  • As a degree-seeking student in conjunction with a declared major; or
  • As a non-degree-seeking student pursuing Makeup as a stand-alone program.  (note: For more information on attending Montclair State University as a non-degree-seeking student, go to: Non-Degree Admission)

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Our Faculty

You will study with:

  • Debra Bergsma Otte, Assistant Professor
  • Ricki Gurtman, Adjunct Professor and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Beauty Team Leader

Click the links below to learn more about Art and Design faculty:

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Studio Facilities

Makeup for Beauty and Fashion courses are taught at the Bobbi Brown Studio in Montclair, NJ. Other classes are taught through the Fashion Studies Program, Art and Design Department, Theatre Department, and Dance Department.

For more information, go to:

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Careers in Makeup Artistry and Professional Resources

Makeup artists find work with cosmetics companies, television and motion picture studios, theatrical productions, beauty salons, and photographers. While many makeup artists are free-lancers, part-and full-time job opportunities are available. 

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Accreditation

Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive, and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

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Apply Now

Classes are open to all Montclair State University students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Contact program coordinator Professor Debra Otte for details.

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