Make-up Certification Programs

Thursday, August 6, 2020
female student applying makeup on on another student

Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg is offering make-up certification programs for students interested in becoming make-up artists or licensed beauty professionals. The in-person, Make-up Designory (MUD) programs are being offered at the College’s Workforce Training Center, following all social distancing and safety protocols.

MUD programs provide students from around the world with a rigorous education in the intricacies of professional make-up artistry for film, television, fashion, theatre and retail. RVCC is partnering with MUD, which has campuses in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as globally, to offer courses in Beauty Essentials, Bridal Make-up and Airbrush. Next spring RVCC also will offer courses in Studio Make-up and High Fashion Trends.

The 84-hour Beauty Essentials course runs August 12-28, Mondays-Fridays, from 9 a.m-4 p.m. An evening session will run Mondays-Thursdays, October 12-November 19, from 5-8:30 p.m. The course offers an introduction to beauty make-up, with an emphasis on the techniques required in this multi-faceted industry. The program will introduce such topics as facial analysis, base matching and applications, correction, contours and highlights, focusing on application for eyes and lips. The course will finish with training in complete make-up applications, from 100 percent corrective to natural make-up.

Students who successfully complete the Beauty Essentials program, or have other related experience, may enter the 21-hour Bridal Make-up program. The course will run Mondays-Thursdays, August 31-September 10, from 5-8:30 p.m. The course focuses on the techniques employed in successful make-up consultation for a bride and wedding party members. The program focuses on the lucrative world of wedding make-up and what is required to successfully run a bridal make-up business.

Students who complete the Beauty Essentials program, or have other relevant experience, may also enroll in the evening Airbrush program. Airbrushing has become one of the premier ways of applying make-up. The course focuses on how to properly apply, care for and maintain airbrushing in order to create beautiful, flawless beauty make-up that is being required by the major studios as well as demanding clients.

Scholarships and grants are available for MUD program students who qualify. Cost savings are available for those who register for multiple RVCC MUD programs. After completing the RVCC make-up programs, students may continue their training at a MUD facility in New York City.

For additional information about the programs and fees, contact Marcia Bird at 908-526-1200, ext. 8618 or For additional information about the programs, visit

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



August 6, 2020

PR #10