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About CMU

An Unrivalled Education

We set the international standard for advanced
makeup artistry education.

About the College

CMU has prepared more than 5000 artists for exciting careers in film & television, fashion, theatre, and digital and special effects. We are sought out by creative minds across North America and around the globe. Our makeup courses are taught by award-winning instructors in an intimate classroom setting. Students flourish within our state-of-the-art facilities, special makeup effects laboratory, on-site photography studio, and encouraging creative environment.

We are the only makeup school that offers courses in all 8 disciplines of makeup artistry: fashion, hairstyling, film & television, theatre, prosthetics, creature & character design, digital sculpting, and Photoshop (computer-aided makeup).

CMU is committed to providing unparalleled training that unleashes our students’ creative potential and champions artistic freedom and experimentation. A diploma or certificate from CMU means that you have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s makeup industry.

CMU is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. We are a Designated Learning Institution (DLI # O19305293142) for international students. CMU students who reside in Ontario are eligible to receive grant and loan funding from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

CMU is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. Please contact us if you have any questions about any of our policies.


CMU, formerly known as Complections International Academy Inc., was founded in 1987. In 2007, Pamela and Richard Earle acquired the college. As President, Pamela used her background in education to standardize CMU’s curriculum. She continues to seek out innovations in the field of makeup artistry and incorporate them into the college’s programs to ensure that students receive cutting-edge technical training.

In January 2012, CMU moved to its current home at The Old Fire Hall in Toronto. It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, close to The Canadian Opera Company, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto Film School, and Ryerson University.

In 2016, CMU acquired a satellite campus at Toronto’s Studio City complex, located a few blocks from The Old Fire Hall. Digital sculpting and character and creature design courses are taught at this specialized location.

Outstanding Training

Our industry experts are dedicated to equipping students with the skills they need to kickstart their careers.


Meet the Faculty

Visionary Leadership

CMU's leadership & advisory board is composed of a dedicated team of educators, renowned artists, and industry movers and shakers.

Meet the Team