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Makeup Artistry Certification

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

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.
Makeup Artistry Certificate Program Curriculum
Our Faculty

You will study with:

Debra Bergsma Otte, Assistant Professor

Ricki Gurtman, Adjunct Professor and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Beauty Team Leader

About 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.

Careers 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.

Career Services


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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Contact Program Coordinator: Prof. Debra Bergsma Otte