Makeup Diploma + ITEC Certification

Makeup Diploma + ITEC Certification

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Start the career of your dreams as a professional makeup artist with our longest running & most in demand course. This 12 week accredited diploma course is curated to take you from the basics of makeup to specialized skills in the world of the fashion, photography & film industries. Ideal for students with no experience or artists who are looking to upgrade their techniques. 

Need a Part-Time option? You got it! Try our 20 week alternative, which runs two evenings a week during our fall semester which covers the same curriculum as our Full-Time option. Idea for those who work or with busy day schedules!

This program is eligible for government student funding. Learn more about student funding hereThe Makeup Diploma is the prerequisite for our Advanced Makeup Diploma Program.

Need a flexible schedule, prefer online learning, or located outside of Calgary? We've taken this popular course completely online with our Virtual Makeup Diploma.

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  • Students must be 18 years old or older. If the student is not yet 18 years of age, they must have graduated high school.

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Upon receipt of a completed application form and registration deposit, admissions will promptly review your application and notify you within 48 hours regarding your application status.

Accepted students are responsible to complete their 'Alberta Student Enrolment Contract' and other application registration steps in a timely manner. This agreement will be included in their welcome email. 


Program Hours & Duration: 252 hours over 12 weeks
Theory & Practical Classes: Wednesday to Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm

    2024 Start Dates

    • March 6th - May 24th 
    • May 1st - July 19th
    • June 26th - September 13th 
    • August 28th - November 15th 
    • October 23rd - January 10th, 2025

    *Dates are subject to change


    Program Hours & Duration: 252 hours over 20 weeks
    Theory Lessons: Flexible online study
    Practical Classes at the academy: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm 


    • August 27th - January 9th, 2025

    *Dates are subject to change.

    • Tuition - $4697.00
    • Kit - $1197.00
    • Total - $5894.00

    Deposit of $500.00 is deducted from your balance owing.

      Learn more about our our payment options here. This program is eligible for government student funding. 

      *All fees are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to change. GST is applicable to all kit fees, but does not apply to tuition. Tuition includes the exam fees for the ITEC International Makeup Certificate & Award in Infection Prevention for Makeup Services.

      MODULE 1

      • Intro to the Industry
      • Time Management Support
      • Your Pro Makeup Kit
        • the must haves & how to grow or maintain
      • Hygiene & Sanitation
      • Tools & Brushes
      • Anatomy & Physiology
      • Skin Structure, Care & Functions
      • Professional Communication & Consultation
      • Product Knowledge
      • Basic Application & Blending Techniques
      • Reference Files
      MODULE 2
      • Facial Structure & Shapes
      • Contour & Highlight Using Different Mediums
      • Brows
        • creating, correcting & defining
        • learn the basics, new trends & applications
      • Color Theory
        • corrective color techniques
        • color schemes, color terms & quality
        • how to mix color to maximize your kit
      • Dewy & Sun-kissed Looks
      • Corrective Eye Techniques
        • eye shape theory & how to balance and enhance them
      MODULE 3
      • Corrective Lip Techniques
        • lip shape theory 
        • how to correct symmetry and enhance
      • Eye Techniques
        • types of smokey eyes, winged liner, graphic liner
        • daywear & dramatic applications
      • False Lash Styles & Application 
        • considerations for different eye shapes & client scenarios
      MODULE 4
      • Makeup for Different Ethnicities 
        • asian & dark skin tones & features
      • Mature Makeup
        • day & night applications
      • Bridal Makeup
        • trials, consultations & considerations
        • color combinations, timeless & trendy looks
        • bridal business management
        • marketing
      MODULE 5
      • Image Recreation
        • inspiration
        • trends vs classics
      • Makeup for Photography
        • lighting theory
        • important considerations
        • editorial makeup & building multiple looks
        • black & white photography
        • lecture from working photographer
        • set etiquette
      • Cosmetic Retailing
        • client building 
        • retail image
        • sales techniques
      MODULE 6
      • Makeup for TV & Film
        • TV, film, commercial & video makeup
        • pre-production, call sheets, schedules
        • face charts, continuity techniques
        • male grooming & makeup
        • working on set
      • Decade Makeup
        • authentic & inspired
      • Timed Character Scenarios
      MODULE 7
      • Fashion Industry & Runway Makeup
        • runway lineup
        • distance, lighting & scenarios
        • storyboards, planning & scheduling
      • Creative Inspiration
        • challenging your creativity & pushing your limits
      • Business Management & Marketing
        • quoting & invoicing
        • payment terms
        • business operations
        • social media, business cards, websites
      • Portfolio Development
      • Goal Setting
      MODULE 8
      • Final Exams
        • Professional Photoshoot
          • shoot with working fashion photographers & models from Mode Models International
          • collaborate with AW hair artists & fashion stylists to learn to work with other departments
          • troubleshoot first job nerves with guidance from your instructor
          • one final edited image for your portfolio
        • 3 Practical Exams
        • 1 Theory Exam
      • Final Project
        • Client Scenarios Work Study
      • ITEC Infection Prevention Exam
      • ITEC Makeup Exam 




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      Need assistance? Check out our 'How To Apply' guide or Meet With Admissions Online to discuss any questions you may have and help you with the application process.

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      I’ve gained great connections through my classmates and the academy; I have worked in my field a handful of times on behalf of the academy producing opportunities with their connections. They really do take you under their wing and teach about the industry expectations, and provide scenarios with other industry experts (modelling agencies, photographers and stylists) to teach you in the field skills. The credibility that comes with being an alumni can open doors if you apply yourself and are good at your trade.

      Alumni Credibility
      Jenna Tassie

      When I decided to go to makeup school, the decision to attend Artists Within Makeup Academy was an easy one. I was referred by many friends and their reputation preceded itself. From the class size, the practical experience, to the Industry Knowledge and Real-world expectations... I graduated feeling prepared, empowered and ready to continue in my personal growth and development as a Professional Makeup Artist. The faculty are amazing!!! They've been very supportive of my endeavors, both in school and as a graduate. The goals I set for myself are coming to fruition, and I cannot thank them enough!! My experience at Artists Within Makeup Academy was positive, rewarding and fun!!

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