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Professional Makeup Artist Courses, Classes and Certifications- CMU Toronto

Setting the international standard for advanced makeup artistry education, CMU is proud to deliver the highest level of skill training of any makeup artist college in Canada. CMU offers a variety of professional makeup artist courses in Toronto within our makeup diploma and certificate programs. Review our descriptions for each course currently offered below, ranging from practical hair and makeup application for film & television, to digital creature design & sculpting! Please refer to our individual program pages for duration and structure of each makeup artist course.

Professional Makeup Artist Courses in Toronto

Photographic & Studio Hairstyling

Makeup artistry is more than just makeup application. In order to create a complete look, an artist must have the skills to conceptualize and execute a cohesive hairstyle to tie it all together. In this course, students will broaden their skillset beyond makeup application to the face and body and learn how to create flattering hairstyles for a variety of occasions. This course teaches techniques for blow drying, braiding, updos and bridal hairstyling as well as the history behind vintage and period styles. Students will understand how to interpret direction from multiple sources (directors, producers, clients and stylists) to create the perfect hairstyle for any situation. Hairstyling skills are an invaluable tool in a makeup artist’s repertoire and increases their employability in all areas of the industry.

Learning outcomes:
  • Identify & explain facial features and shapes
  • Identify basic hairstyles
  • Selection of appropriate products and tools based on objectives and execution
  • Execution of hairstyles using techniques specific to each feature and style
  • Ability to create hairstyle based on brief from client, producer/director/stylist
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a team to achieve common goals and objectives

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program, Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program, Total Fashion Makeup Artist Program, and Photographic & Studio Hairstyling Program

Fashion Photographic Makeup

In this makeup artist course, students will learn the fundamentals of colour theory and skin analysis and how to apply these principles to create makeup looks for a variety of ages, ethnicities and occasions. They will also learn how to leverage their skills to create successful careers whether online as influencers and brand ambassadors or in-studio, on film sets or in salons. Students learn about breakthrough and innovative techniques, formulations and applications for fashion and editorial makeup as well as designing and executing bridal makeup.

Learning outcomes:
  • Identify & explain facial features and shapes
  • Identify basic makeup styles
  • Selection of appropriate products and tools based on skin analysis and objectives
  • Application of makeup using techniques specific to each feature and style
  • Application of colour theory to achieve desired results
  • Ability to create makeup look based on brief from client, producer/director/stylist
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a team to achieve common goals and objectives

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program, Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program, Total Fashion Makeup Artist Program, and Fashion Photographic Makeup Artist Program

Theatrical Makeup

Have you ever wondered how an ordinary man becomes Mufasa in the stage production of the Lion King? Or how you’re able to distinguish the smallest facial expression on a performer no matter where in the audience you sit? That is the magic of Theatrical Makeup. In this makeup artist course, students study theories and principles of stage makeup, employing knowledge of facial anatomy, lighting, venue size, highlighting and contouring to design and execute makeup applications for live performances. The theatre course includes practical applications of specific character looks such as Chinese opera, skulls, animals, and historical period looks such as the 18th century. By the end of the course, artists will be able to design and apply looks for every type of theatrical production from staged plays to live concerts. Facial hair has the power to bring a character into a new time period or augment a personality trait making them evil or gentle, distinguished or pathetic, rich or poor. Perfectly placed hair pieces can add realism to a character makeup or prosthetic application. In this course, students will learn the skills to knot moustaches.

Learning outcomes:
  • Understanding of facial anatomy as it relates to theatre and stage makeup application
  • Design and execute highlight and shading techniques to achieve specific character objectives
  • Understanding of and ability to explain the impact of lighting on theatrical makeup application.
  • Use a variety of techniques and products in the creation of theatrical characters through makeup application
  • Perform techniques appropriate for both straight and character makeup.
  • To be able to design an original and unique make-up for a competitive portfolio in the industry.
  • How to design and measure a moustache for a perfect fit.
  • Learn knotting techniques and direction to accomplish the desired effect.
  • Trimming and dressing the finished piece with correct application and removal

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program, and Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program

Film & Television Makeup

Film & television is the most diverse course offered at CMU. Students will learn how to create looks for a variety of industry mediums from commercial work to episodic television and feature film settings. Students will gain important industry knowledge in the theory portion of the course. This includes the various stages of production, professionalism, and how to run a makeup department from in the trailer, to working on set and maintaining continuity.

The practical makeups studied in this course cover a massive range of application techniques allowing students to meet the skill requirements for this demanding, highly competitive industry. From the popular decades, to casualty simulation & small injuries, bald caps, burns, frostbite & exposure effects. Building on their knowledge base from the Fashion course, students will further delve into natural applications of makeup to subtly augment an actor’s features, including aging makeups, breakdown makeups and creating realistic looking tattoos. The sky’s the limit in film & television.

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program, and Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program

Prosthetic Makeup

Prosthetics covers the process of using sculpting, moulding, and casting techniques to create artificial appliances to dramatically transform an actor’s appearance. This makeup artist course is essential for students pursuing a career in the field of special makeup effects. Students will study the theory and principles behind prosthetic makeup design and application. After learning how to translate two-dimensional concepts into three dimensions, students will create moulds and learn how to sculpt, detail, and texture a design. Proper appliance application and blending techniques are covered as well as appliance removal and skin care.

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program

Prosthetic Makeup Application

This makeup artist course is designed to train students to apply pre-made generic prosthetic pieces and learn how to properly make them integrate into the final makeup look as one would on a film set. Proper appliance application and blending techniques are covered as well as appliance removal and skin care.

Offered with: Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program

Digital Makeup Effects Program Courses

Foundation: Life Drawing

This course will introduce students to the principles and techniques behind life drawing. Students will gain the basic skills needed to draw the human form through observation. A focus on human anatomy, musculature, and fine details will allow students to portray their concepts and work in a two-dimensional environment. Demonstrations and practice will be followed with a study of the human figure and skull. This will progress into a final creature concept drawing.

Offered with: Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program

Foundation: Figurative Sculpting

This course will introduce students to the principles and techniques behind figurative sculpting which will prepare them to develop concepts for three-dimensional artwork. Students will learn about representational form, armature building, basic human anatomy, and fine detailing. These studies will continue with a creature head and figure sculpture.

Offered with: Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program

Practical Creature Design: Sculpting

Students will learn how to design, construct, and mould an original sculpted character. This course is ideal for artists who are interested in working in a special makeup effects lab building projects for a film or television production, animation studio, museum, or entertainment venue. Artists will be taught how to use the tools found in a workshop environment safely, effectively, and with confidence. A thorough study of how to plan a project is covered. By the end of the course, each student will have completed an original character or creature.

Offered with: Complete Makeup Artist Program, Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program, and Creature Design Program

Photoshop

This course teaches students Photoshop skills and workflows for digital sculpture creature creation. Photoshop technical theory, tools, palettes, and painting will be introduced and followed with advanced techniques. Image manipulation, special effects, photo retouching, restoration, colour correction, and painting texture maps for three-dimensional work will be thoroughly explored in preparation for environment and character concepts.

Offered with: Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program

Digital Character Design: ZBrush Sculpting

This course provides students with knowledge and skills in using Zbrush, the leading digital sculpting tool for creating professional 3D character and creature designs. Students will learn about 3D workflows including 3D sculpting, 3D painting, 3D anatomy studies and 3D concept creation. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will design and create high-resolution characters and creatures and learn rendering techniques for presenting their work. Students will also learn about the 3D scanning and printing process and how these along with Zbrush are used to create concepts based on real people and manufacture parts which can be used in real life prosthetic makeup designs.

Offered with: Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program

Career Courses

Career Planning & Digital Portfolio Creation

This course will prepare students for employment as digital and practical sculptors for creature & character design. Students will learn strategies and tactics for job searching, networking, professionalism, and more. Artists will develop a full and personalized career tool kit that includes a CV/resume, visual content (photos/video), a demo reel, and a comprehensive online portfolio. Their studies will be completed with a mock interview.

Offered with: Digital Makeup Effects Artist Program

Keen to learn more about admissions requirements or other features of our professional makeup course offerings? Reach out to the CMU admissions; we look forward to helping you kickstart your career in the dynamic and ever-evolving world of makeup design and application.