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Mohawk College Certificate
Makeup Products

Benefit from professional training in make-up artistry and related service areas including make-up techniques for theatre, photography, paramedical, film, television and fashion applications. Aestheticians, hairdressers, cosmetic retailers will enhance their services to customers with training from this program.

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Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.


The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Creative, Media and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.


Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance your knowledge of makeup, colour choices and applications for special occasions. You must supply your own models.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS244
Equivalents: PERSWS444
Course description: Develop your skills in make up artistry, with emphasis on theatrical and special effects make up and prosthetics. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn corrective makeup techniques to conceal skin disorders or scarring resulting from accidents, burns, surgery etc. Through theory and practical application, the student will cover makeup formulation and suitability, application, psychological aspects and communication skills as well as patient documentation needed to be able to work effectively in a clinical setting. Previous makeup or medical experience is necessary. Students will be responsible for providing models for practical applications. Materials fee: approx. $75.00.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course covers the history and psychology of cosmetics, the fundamentals and theory of makeup for application in a variety of methods. Corrections and fashion trends. Emphasis is on practical demonstration and experience. Kit included for daytime.
Credits: 3
Course description: A continuation of Make-up Artistry 1 with emphasis on practical make-up applications for mature skin, male make up and specialized looks for daytime to evening to black & white. PREREQUISITE: WS144 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS144
Course description: Participants will study colour, colour theory, colour combinations, style analysis, figure analysis, image profile for use in developing a well accessorized wardrobe with co-ordinated makeup shades. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to identify their own colour choices. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: This class will take a beginners approach to Session/editorial hairstyling, from basic fundamentals such as fashion concepts and blow drying, to the more complex art of extension placement and hair pieces.It is becoming more common that Session artist know the fundamentals of hairstyling as well as makeup application.Having these combined skills will assist the artist to be more marketable based on their versatility. Supplies extra.
Credits: 2
Course description: Learn Effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS136

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Designed for those who have an interest in, or are pursuing a career in the field of Aesthetics. Through lecture and demonstration, the student will advance their knowledge of the skin, its structure, the skin types and disorders. They will continue to study product formulation and determine product choices based on in-depth skin analysis. Students will be responsible for models to work with on practical application sessions. Textbook for daytime program included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Through lectures and demonstrations, participants will study skin structure, analysis of skin types, skin care product knowledge, properties and uses of facials and masques, hygiene and nutrition.
Credits: 3

Select 2 from the next 3 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Explore specialized techniques for creating prosthetics. Work on character creation, worksheets and the moulds needed for a specific prosthetic to be used in your final demonstration. Supplies included. Prerequisite: ASTHWS029 Theatrical & Special Effects I.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ASTHWS029
Course description: Specialize in application of makeup for photography. Learn the do's and don'ts of what to include to build your professional portfolio. Colour and black and white photography will be used to achieve those special looks (5 photos included). Students must supply their own models. Material fees included. Prerequisite ASTHWS244 Makeup Artistry II.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS244
Course description: Integrate classroom theory and practical experinece in the work place. You must arrange your own work place location and supervisor and receive spproval from the Certificate Program Manager BEFORE registering in this course.
Credits: 2

Industries of Employment:

  • Cosmetic Counters/stores
  • Hair Salons
  • Freelance Make Up

Occupational Categories

  • Cosmetics
  • Make Up