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3- Welcome 4- About Us 5- Facility 6- Mission 7- Admissions 8- Freelance Makeup Artist Program 10- Fashion Makeup Artist Program 12- Advanced Makeup Artist Program 14- Special Effects Makeup Artist Program 16- Makeup Kits 19- 2017 Calendar 20- Rules of Conduct 21- Grading & Attendance 22- Transferability of Credits 23- Missed Classes 24- Graduation Requirements 25- Probation, Termination & Re-entry 26- Grievances, Refunds and Withdrawals 27- Finances 27- Installment Payment Plan 29- VA & MyCAA 30- Housing 31- Career Services 32- Founder 33- Our Team

Academy of Make Up Arts is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.



Thank you for your interest in Academy of Make Up Arts! We believe you will find most of the information you need to make your decision about applying to our school in this catalog. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please feel free to contact us at or (615) 925-9963. We look forward to hearing from you!

About Us We will make you a better makeup artist! Founded in 2008, Academy of Make Up Arts is approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Located in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, AMUA offers instructional programs in beauty makeup, special effects and wig design. In addition, AMUA also hosts various workshops throughout the year, taught by noted industry artists, as well as, several continuing education courses and summer programming opportunities. Our faculty is composed of some of the industry’s top talent, all of whom are State-approved instructors. Ensuring that their skills and credits remain current and cutting edge, instructors are encouraged to continue freelancing in their respective fields when not teaching. The AMUA Team is committed not only to providing exceptional daily instruction, but also the motivation and support needed to help each and every student graduate with the highest level of marketable skills and a confidence level that will set them apart in the makeup industry.


AMUA's Nashville campus occupies over 6,000 square feet on the ground-level. Suite 114 holds our main office, beauty studio, photography space, student library, computer lab, break room, and retail store where students can build and re-stock their kits. Our Freelance, Fashion and Advanced Programs take place in Suite 114. The classroom is equipped with an HDTV where students will view and critique their work and workstations featuring daylight balanced backlit mirrors and makeup chairs. Our Special Effects Lab is located in Suite 106. This lab contains a commercial-grade mixer, a vacuum former, walk-in proofer for the curing of foam latex, evacuator, triple beam scale, dehydrator, Dremel tools, hammer drill, screw guns- everything needed to run a small special effects makeup laboratory.

Mission It is our goal to help students put the “artist� in makeup artist!

At Academy of Make Up Arts, it is our mission to provide students with the most comprehensive makeup artist training available with an emphasis on professionalism, artistic fortitude, technical skills and entrepreneurship. Method: Our courses are designed to challenge the artist’s creativity and technical skills. We emphasize the importance of professionalism: punctuality, cleanliness, research and preparation. Our courses are hands-on, giving the artist the opportunity to exercise their skills and learn by actually doing and not just watching. The balance of lectures, demonstrations, and practice moves students from research to directing their own professional photo shoot.

Admissions Application Forms must be submitted online along with a nonrefundable $100 application fee. Candidates must be 18 years old, or 16 with parental consent if they meet all other entry requirements. Candidates must submit official proof of high school graduation, GED, Bachelor’s Degree, or the international equivalent. As part of the enrollment process and before securing a seat, all potential students are required to interview with an adviser or instructor. Students must confirm that they have secured finances in order to begin school. Tuition must be paid in full 30 days prior to class start date. If registering for a class that begins in less than 30 days, balance is due at time of enrollment. Once a student has been admitted, they will receive additional information regarding Orientation from the Admissions Department. Academy of Make Up Arts does not discriminate or deny admission to any person on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, sex, religion or handicap. No previous experience is required.

Freelance Makeup Artist Program Our most streamlined class, the Freelance Makeup Artist Program prepares students for the workplace in just 8 weekends. With a focus on beauty and glamour techniques, this program is best suited for those interested in bridal, special events, pageants and photography. It provides students with the entrylevel skills necessary to explore the possibilities as a freelance makeup artist, or to work with their favorite retail cosmetics brands. We begin with beauty basics, hair styling and sanitization, and then build upon that foundation to create bridal and glamour looks that will get you hired. Each day provides students with invaluable hands-on exercises that culminate in a daily review and critique of their work. This process gives our students practical experience and the confidence to step into the workplace upon graduation. Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Freelance Makeup Artist Program

Program Overview Clock Hours: 96 Duration: 8 Weekends Meets: Saturday-Sunday 9-4 PM Application Fee: $100 Tuition: $2,400 Makeup Kits & Materials: $1,740 Award: Certificate We typically accept only 10-12 applicants for this program; early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites; this program is appropriate for beginners. Fees include Professional Makeup Kit, Airbrush Makeup Kit Estimated Cost of Additional Supplies: $300

Fashion Makeup Artist Program We begin with beauty basics and progress into high fashion looks for runway and photography. This provides a solid foundation and the technical skills necessary to launch careers in commercial, advertising, bridal, editorial, music video, film and HDTV. From the very beginning, we incorporate lighting and photography in real-life applications working with local photographers and models. This program then delves deep into the history of makeup. We work through the decades, examining the products and trends of the eras and creating the vintage looks in our studio. Beyond expert makeup skills, an understanding of the business end of the industry is critical. Our students complete this program with professional photos of their work, a portfolio, website and business cards. They will have an understanding of where to find work, how to book work, and how to maintain a professional edge in this competitive industry. Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Fashion Makeup Artist Program

Program Overview Clock Hours: 210 Duration: 7 Weeks Meets: Monday-Friday 9-4 Application Fee: $100 Tuition: $4,800 Makeup Kits & Materials: $1,990 Award: Certificate We typically only accept two applicants per session for this program; early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites; this program is appropriate for beginners. Fees include Professional Makeup Kit, Airbrush Makeup Kit Estimated Cost of Additional Supplies: $300

Advanced Makeup Artist Program We begin with beauty basics and progress into high fashion looks for runway and photography. This provides a solid foundation and the technical skills necessary to launch entry-level careers in commercial, advertising, bridal, editorial, music video, film and HDTV. In our Advanced Makeup Artist Program, we explore every facet of makeup including airbrush, face and body painting, tattoo cover, fantasy and avant-garde and finally special effects. This program concludes with 3 weeks of basic special effects application that will be critical for the artist working in the realms of film and TV. Bruising, burns, old age, transfers and more will be introduced, practiced and critiqued. Beyond expert makeup skills, an understanding of the business end of the industry is critical. Our students complete this program with professional photos of their work, a portfolio, website and business cards. They will have an understanding of where to find work, how to book work, and how to maintain a professional edge in this competitive industry. Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a Certificate approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Advanced Makeup Artist Program

Program Overview Contact Hours: 320 Duration: 10 Weeks Meets: Monday-Friday 9-4 PM Application Fee: $100 Tuition: $7,600 Kits & Materials: $2,635 Award: Certificate We typically only accept 8-10 applicants for this program; early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites; this program is appropriate for beginners. Fees include Professional Grade Makeup Kit, Airbrush Makeup Kit, Special Effects Makeup Kit and Lab Supplies Estimated Cost of Additional Supplies: $300

Special Effects Makeup Artist The Special Effects Program at AMUA is an intense 5 month program that prepares students for entry-level careers as FX lab or shop artists and/or production makeup artists for television and film. Right from the start, students are immersed in hands-on experiences, which are essential to our philosophy. We begin with a thorough understanding of industry standard products and their applications as we explore 2-Dimensional painting. These makeups include bruising, drug addict and frost bite. Studying real-life physiology and references enhances the illusion for the camera. As we progress, we introduce current film techniques such as 3-D transfers. Here we also begin the element of sculpture which evolves into making a gelatin nose and the beginnings of appliance based makeups. A background in sculpture, while beneficial, is not required. We start from the basics and lead students through every step of learning to sculpt. To create custom-fitted appliances to the actor, a life cast is necessary. We life cast each student before we begin to build character makeups using foam latex appliances, encapsulated silicone, pros-aide cream and gelatin. The culmination of the course is a fully realized character makeup which we professionally photograph for the students’ portfolios.

Special Effects Makeup Artist

Program Overview Contact Hours: 700 Duration: 20 Weeks Meets: Monday-Friday 9-5 PM Application Fee: $100 Tuition: $17,500 Kits & Materials: $3,450 Award: Diploma We typically only accept up to 10 applicants per session. Early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites- suitable for beginners to intermediate students. Fees Include Special Effects Makeup Kit & Lab Supplies Additional Materials estimate is $150.

The Art of Wig & Hair Design The Art of Wigs and Hair Design at AMUA is a 5 month intensive program designed to prepare students to effectively design, create, and style wigs, facial hair, and faux fur. These skills can be adapted to careers in Entertainment, Theater, Film, TV, Medical, or Private Business. From the very first day, students will learn through hands on experiences which is essential to the AMUA philosophy. Whether students are brand new in the field, or already working in the industry, these hands on learning experiences will allow for real time interaction with the professor, and help hone the student’s craft. Students will be learning skills rooted in traditional techniques. This allows for consistent accuracy of product, and knowledge of how to correct inaccuracies. The use of cutting edge materials will prepare the students to enter their profession confident that they can meet any challenges. Learning begins with understanding the tools, and laces of the trade. Within week one, a student will have created their first facial hair piece, along with understanding the basics of period hairstyling. Students will rapidly progress into their first full wig construction, and over the course of the program will learn in depth how to style wigs from a great number of periods. Valuable skills, from turning a standard commercial wig into a film or theater ready wig, all the way through to making a wig that is wearable in a real life scenario, will be addressed in the art of wigs and hair program with the intent to give students a complete working knowledge of creation, cutting, and styling for most every possible scenario. All students completing this program will leave with an impressive portfolio.

The Art of Wig & Hair Design

Program Overview Contact Hours: 700 Duration: 20 Weeks Meets: Monday-Friday 9-5 PM Application Fee: $100 Tuition: $17,500 Kit & Materials: $3,740 Admin Fees: $1,062 Award: Diploma We typically only accept up to 10 applicants per session. Early enrollment is encouraged. No pre-requisites- suitable for beginners to intermediate students. Includes Hair Kit & Materials needed for class projects.

Makeup Kits Makeup Kits

Our tuition and fees include the makeup kit(s) needed for training. Some programs may require additional supplies as described. You may view our typical kit list here. Actual contents may vary due to the unpredictability of vendors stock availability.

Beauty Kit Embryolisse Lait Creme Kryolan Pro Train Case Kryolan Makeup Drape Kryolan Aqua Cleans Kryolan Kajal Pencil (black) Kryolan Contour Pencil (black, brown, white) Kryolan Cake Mascara Kryolan Cake Eyeliner (5 shade palette) & Setting Liquid Kryolan Lip Rouge Mini-Palette Paradise AQ 8-Color Palette RCMA VK Palette (#10, #11) RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette RCMA Cheek Color Palette RCMA No-color Powder RCMA Over Powder (pearl) Mehron E.Y.E. Palette Mehron Cheek 8 Color Palette Mehron Intense Pro Eye Palette 4 Lip Pencils Mascara (black) 3 Pairs Eyelashes Mixing palette & spatula Deluxe Synthetic Sponges Disposable Mascara Wands Professional Brush Set Brush Shampoo Skindinavia Finishing Spray BDB Brow Boost BDB Brow Gel BDB Universal Brow Pencil

Beauty Kit Con't. BDB Nordic Brow Pencil BDB Brow Duo Pencil BDB Smudge Brush BDB Brow Brush BDB Powders (4 colors) BDB Micro Pencils (4 colors) BDB Hint of Tint (3 colors) BDB Sharpener BDB Brow Buddy BDB Tweezers BDB Scissors BDB Boucher

Airbrush Kit Airbrush Compressor (30 psi) Double Action Top Feed Airbrush Airbrush Case with Foam 10 Foot Braided Hose Hose Moisture Trap Airbrush Makeup Set

Required Supplies Vaseline Lip Care Clear Lip Gloss Eyelash Curler 4-Pack Duckbill Hair Clips 2 Small Spray Bottles (for water, 99% alcohol) 99% Alcohol Makeup Remover Wipes 2 Rolls Viva Paper Towels Eyelash Adhesive Q-tips

Recommended Hair Kit Detangler Comb 12-Pack Rattail Combs (Sally #20) Flat, Natural Bristle Padded Brush Vented Paddle Brush Large and Small Round Brushes, vented & non-plastic bristles Teasing Brush Small Curling Iron (< 1") Large Curling Iron (>1.25") Baby Flat Iron 1" Flat Iron Mini Blow Dryer Elastic Bands (white, brown, clear) Pin Curl Clips (silver T-pins) Bobby Pins (brown, black, blonde) Hair Pins (black, bronze) Wig Cap Hair Net Aerosol Heat Protectant Shine Spray Spray Gel Styling Cream or Wax Medium Hold Hair Spray Aerosol Dry Shampoo Volumizing Powder (silicone) Denman Classic Styling Brush This kit is recommended for a hair styling kit. The estimated cost of the supplies is $300 at Sally's Beauty. A Sally's Shopping List is available upon request.

Basic FX Kit Carrying Case Coarse Stipple Sponge Velour Powder Puff Mehron Mask Cover (6 color) Mehron Small Rigid Colloidian Mehron Spirit Gum & Crepe Hair Mehron Barrier Spray Mehron White Hair Mascara Kryolan Artex 1 Small Foam Prosthetic Kryolan Small Pros-Aide Kryolan Small Adhesive Remover EBA Encore Palette, SFX EBA Encore Palette, SKT Light to Dark EBA Encore Fuel EBA Transfusion Premium Blood Set of Basic Paint Brushes

Required Supplies (Special Effects Program Only) 3 Boxes of Nitrile Gloves (Harbor Freight) 4 Boxes of 1" Chip Brushes (Harbor Freight) 1 Large Bag of Makeup Sponges (AMUA or Sally's) (2) 12-Packs of Paper Towels 1 Pack of Plastic Mouthwash Cups 1 Pack of Solo Cups 1 Gallon of 99% Alcohol (Farmers CoOp)

2017 Schedule Freelance Makeup Artist Program (Sat./Sun.) Winter: January 14 - March 5 Spring: April 8 - May 28 Summer: July 15 - September 3 Fall: October 7 - December 3 Advanced Makeup Artist Program (M-F) Winter: January 9 - March 16 Spring: April 3 - June 8 Summer: July 10 - September 14 Fall: October 2 - December 7 Fashion Makeup Artist Program (M-F) Winter: January 9 - February 23 Spring: April 3 - May 18 Summer: July 10 - August 24 Fall: October 2 - November 16 Special Effects Makeup Artist Program (M-F) Spring: January 9 - May 26 Fall: August 1 - December 19 Wig Design Program (M-F) Fall: August 1 - December 19 AMUA recognizes the following holidays: New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day & Friday after, Christmas Day

Rules of Conduct These rules are to be followed by all students at all times. It is our aim to help students establish professional habits. Attend all classes. If you must be absent, notify the school personally by calling. Always be on time for class and stay until the end of class. Always be prepared; bring all supplies and materials needed for class. Cell phones are not to be used in class for any reason. Messages can be left with the office and cell phones can be checked during designated breaks. Notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Two absences are grounds for academic probation; three absences are grounds for termination from the program. Conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner at all times. Complete all assignments and projects on time as required by the instructor. Adhere to school's drug and alcohol-free policy. No drug or alcohol use is permitted during class, during projects including photo shoots and school events. Abide by schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dress code: no flip-flops, no shorts, no see-through clothing, no mini- skirts, no visible underwear, and no navels or middrifts are to show at any time. Dress comfortably, casually, and professionally. Always leave the classroom, your work area and the restroom clean and neat.

Grading & Attendance Students are monitored to measure development and progress using performance skills tests and critiques. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0, a C-grade in order to remain in good academic standing. Daily grades are recorded based on instructor evaluations using a 10-point rubric system which is then converted to a 100-point scale. Examinations for each course are in the form of a practical skills test which requires student to demonstrate proficiency in the skills and techniques covered in each course and uses the same 10-point rubric system. AMUA places strong importance on attendance. Students are expected to be on-time and prepared for every class. Students may not be absent more than (1) time in any course. Three tardies is equivalent to one absence. Students who must be unavoidably absent must make up their classes and projects by making arrangements with the instructor prior to the end of each course. Absences remain on studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s records; directors and producers prior to hiring often request permanent records. AMUA will not generally permit access to, or release of, educational records or personally identifiable information contained therein to any party without the written consent of the student. In general, students who enroll at AMUA have the right to review their student record. The information is available to the student only, for review while enrolled or anytime thereafter. This right is guaranteed by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Transferability of Credits Credits earned at Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC. You should obtain confirmation that Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Academy of Make Up Arts, LLC before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Missed Classes

Making Up Missed Classes Students who miss a class must make-up each class session in order to take the final exam and complete each course. Makeup sessions can be arranged with the instructor and the director of education. Students can watch recorded lectures, DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, attend a make-up class session for lab and practice in the afternoons of any daily session. All projects and assignments must be turned in prior to a final grade and/or transcript being issued for each course. Students who must re-take a final exam or photo shoot may be assessed a fee of up to $1,000 for the re-booking of photographers and models.

Graduation Requirements In order to successfully complete training at AMUA and be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following criteria: â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain 90% attendance throughout the program â&#x20AC;˘ Have completed all projects and assignments for a final grade â&#x20AC;˘ Be cleared of all outstanding fees before student is considered a graduate and is able to receive a certificate from the school

Grading Scale 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C <70 F

Probation, Termination & Re-Entry Students may be placed on probation for poor academic progress and/or poor attendance. Probation is a measure taken by the school that is designed to help students correct their behavior and/or academic deficiencies. Probation remedies are meant to help students improve their performance. It is the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to identify student deficiencies and take corrective measures to provide students with the best opportunity to improve their status in school and become successful and prepared to be professional makeup artists. Termination is a measure taken by the school when a student has not successfully met the standards of the school. Some reasons for termination include, but are not limited to: not improving performance once placed on probation, not adhering to the student rules given to students at orientation, being under the influence, consuming, selling or possessing of drugs or alcohol on school premises, possession of a weapon on school premises, demonstrating disrespectful behavior to another student, administrators or faculty or for failure to meet financial obligations. Students will be charged to retake any failed courses. Any student who withdraws or is terminated from a program of study and returns within 180 days, will be charged the same tuition costs. The student is bound by the catalog in effect at the time of the original enrollment. Students that have passed a SAP evaluation point and withdraw or are terminated from the institution while on probation may not reenter. These students are eligible to re-enroll only after a period of one year.

Grievances, Refunds & Withdrawals COMPLAINT POLICY Students should direct grievances to the School Director at (615) 925-9963 or in writing to Ashley Driver Lords: AMUA, 830 Fesslers Parkway, Suite 114, Nashville, TN 37210. If a student does not feel that AMUA has adequately addressed a complaint, the student may contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830. Telephone: 615-741-5293. STUDENT RIGHT TO CANCEL / WITHDRAW The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. The student has the right to withdraw from a program of instruction at any time. Cancellation or withdrawal shall occur when the student provides written notice to the School at the address specified above. Students may be withdrawn by the School for conduct, including, but not limited to, lack of attendance. REFUND POLICY Students have the right to a full refund of all charges, less the $100 registration fee, if the student cancels the enrollment agreement prior to the first day of instruction. If a student has completed less than 60% of instruction and withdraws from the program after instruction has begun, the student will receive a pro-rated refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges. The date of withdrawal is the date of cancellation and is the date the student notifies the school of the decision to cancel. The student will be charged for all days up to and including the date of withdrawal. All refunds are paid within (30) days of the cancellation of the contract.

Finances The primary purpose for financial aid is to provide assistance to students who may not be able to afford to attend classes through their own means. For that reason, our staff is available for students and families who would like to discuss their financing options. Additional information can be found on our website. Federal Financial Aid Our students are not currently eligible for Federal (Title IV) loans. We have recently applied for Federal Accreditation, a pre-requisite for participating in Title IV programs. This process can take up to two years to complete. Until then, we currently offer several options to help with financing your education. Private Student Loans If a student needs more time to pay for school, he or she may want to apply for a private loan. These loans are generally based on credit worthiness rather than financial need. If you have a good relationship with a bank or credit union, you should start there. Lending Club is also a viable option some students have used successfully in the past. Student Portal Use AMUA's Student Portal to make payments using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Checks may be mailed or delivered to: Academy of Make Up Arts 830 Fesslers Parkway, Suite 114 Nashville, TN 37210

Installment Payment Plan

Our installment payment plan (IPP) offers students the option to spread out payments of large school fees over a period of up to six months. The IPP is designed as a budgeting tool for students and families. Installment payments are scheduled according to your program start date, as indicated in the Student Portal. It is important to note Student Records including transcripts, Certificates and Diplomas will not be released until a student account is paid in full.

Veterans Benefits & MyCAA

Veterans Benefits We are approved by the Tennessee State Division of Veterans Affairs for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code. This approval is for Non-College Degree (NCD) Programs under Title 38, and applies to the Advanced Makeup Artistry, Fashion Makeup Artistry, Freelance Makeup Artistry, and Special Effects Makeup Artistry programs. Veterans wishing to obtain information regarding their eligibility requirements and pay rate for educational benefits should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-4424551. MyCAA Eligible military spouses are now able to receive up to $4,000 of MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) to attend Academy of Make Up Arts in Nashville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Department of Defense remains strongly committed to helping military spouses find employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career fields." Get started with MyCAA benefits at:

Accomodations AMUA Student Apartments

Most students are only at AMUA for three months and others may be here for up to a year or longer. Finding an apartment that will lease to students for less than six months can be quite challenging, especially with the unprecedented Nashville housing market surge. For your convenience, we have established a relationship with a couple of short term rental companies for your off-campus student rental needs starting at $200 per week. * Each apartment has a kitchen with stove, refrigerator and dinette set * Each apartment has a bathroom with a shower * Living areas are furnished with chairs and/or couches and a television * Bedrooms are furnished with twin bed(s), chest(s) and closet or wardrobe * There are no washer/dryer hookups; laundromats are located nearby * Students will need to provide own bed and bath items and toiletries * Apartments includes internet access Contact us for more information at (615) 925-9963 Other Apartments within 5 Minutes of AMUA Ryman Lofts | Nance Place | City View | Terra House | Other Apartments within 10 Minutes of AMUA (Downtown) Capitol Towers | Lofts at 160 | The Stahlman Building Other Resources Airbnb: Craigslist::

Career Services

AMUA offers continuous graduate assistance to current students and graduates. Career advisement is based on each individual studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, and is available to all AMUA students and graduates in good standing. Our services include the AMUA Job board, Guest Lectures, and on-on-one counseling. Contact our office for an appointment. We do not guarantee our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; employment. Each makeup artist is responsible for securing his or her next job. Most makeup artists find employment in a variety of areas which creates an employment mix and offers various job experiences. Possible industries for makeup artists may be retail or direct sales, salons and spas (for those who have additional licensing), production artists for film and television, theater, and fx lab artists. AMUA Tribe is a private, closed Facebook group where faculty, students and graduates can post opportunities for employment and continuing education.

OUR FOUNDER Ashley Driver Lords

Ashley has a creative mind and a real knack for business. She has been working with cosmetics since 2002 when she began her career with Estee Lauder Companies. It was also during that time, that she majored in Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a seat in the country’s most prestigious sculpture program. Continuing to pursue her passion for the creative arts, Ashley attended Virginia Cinema Makeup School in 2006. Gaining a wealth of experience in the makeup industry while working multiple film, TV & video productions, weddings, photo shoots, and many other creative ventures, Ashley became one of the premier makeup artists in the area. Ultimately, her journey brought her to Nashville where she attended Middle Tennessee State University in 2010 earning her degree in Business Administration and founding the “Academy of Makeup Arts” as a final project for graduation. Now in it’s 7th year, AMUA has grown significantly, becoming one of the most highly sought after schools for aspiring makeup artists nationwide. Ashley continues to educate and inspire, proudly sharing her love of both art and business with her students. Her most recent endeavor is the development of an online business program she designed specifically for makeup artists attending AMUA.


Ben Rittenhouse

Benjamin Rittenhouse, Special Effects Program Director & Instructor is an Emmy Award winning makeup artist (The Pacific, 2010). Ben Specializes in Special Effects makeup, prop making, prosthetics and has cultivated a successful and tenured career in the entertainment industry. His projects include: Star Trek, Hunger Games, Avatar, Anchorman, Hangover 3, CSI, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, Kill Bill: Vol 1&2, Hulk, RIPD, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mist, Hostel, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hills Have Eyes, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Sin City.

Kevin St. James, Fashion Program Instructor, is a professional makeup artist servicing the Nashville area. Kevin’s earliest makeup experiences began in theatre school and on the stage, where he worked professionally for many years before coming to AMUA. Kevin was recently the key makeup artist for both Spring and Fall Trends Cover Girl fashion shows at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati. Recent clients include Maria Salas CNN Latino Entertainment, Patrick Stinson Made In Hollywood and Reese Witherspoon “The Good Lie” Red Carpet Event and Film Premiere.

Kevin St. James

Michael Meyer is Director of The Art of Wig and Hair Design Program. Born and educated in Germany, he received a cosmetology license and also a makeup artistry license there, and was accepted into the German stage association (G.D.B.A). He worked at the San Fransisco Opera and Hanover State Theatre as a wig maker & makeup artist. He is founder of Skindeep FX and Co-Founder of Human Analogue Applications.

Michael Meyer

His love for teaching spans the globe. He is a Guest Professor at Taiwan National University of the Arts and a Guest Professor at Central Academy Of Drama in Beijing.

OUR TEAM Bennett Jason has inspired creativity, confidence, and individuality through cosmetic application and artistic direction for 10+ years. He was discovered by a producer and was soon involved in casting direction, production assistance, runway coordination, and makeup artistry at Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood.

Bennett Jason

From the west coast, Bennett came to NYC in 2004, and immediately landed a job with fashion mogul Diane von Furstenberg, managing her namesake beauty line in SoHo. He has been walking his path with such hard hitting beauty brands as Lancome and Stila ever since.

Char Braden has been working as a production makeup artist since 2010. She received her makeup training at Academy of Make Up Arts. She's also a TN licensed esthetician and natural hair stylist. Char has served as Key Makeup Artist for various tv/film projects, fashion shows, and non-profit organizations. Her celebrity client list ranges from Joyce Meyer to Stephen Baldwin. Her work can be seen on Disney, TNT, Bravo, & PBS Kids and has also been published in The New York Times and Vogue Italia.

Char Braden

A 2011 graduate of the Freelance Makeup Artist Program and a 2016 graduate of the Special Effects Makeup Artist Program, Erica has been a member of the AMUA Tribe for quite some time! Erica is well versed in beauty, body painting and special effects. She has a passion for teaching. She enjoys sharing her love of makeup and her experience in the industry from weddings to music videos.

Erica Adcock

OUR TEAM Sebastian Smith, Photography & Lighting Instructor and Photographer is an international photographer currently living in Nashville with his beautiful wife and three children. Raised between Europe and the United States, his portfolio features a distinguished client list that includes well-known clothing designers, magazines and celebrities.

Sebastian Smith

Leah Austin is a graduate of the Freelance Makeup Artist Program (2016) and a graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography. Leah works primarily as an Admissions Adviser, but also helps students with their own personal head shots and portfolio building.

Leah Austin





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