What separates us from other make-up schools? Your tutors are working make-up artists within the industry which means we are up to date with current trends be it in bridal, TV, film, theatre or social media. You would be surprised to find out how many courses are offered by people who have never worked in the industry.  This is invaluable to you as a student as you will not only gain the most up-to-date knowledge but you will be able to network from day one.

What qualification will I end up with? Our Full time and Intensive courses are diplomas.  You will also be given a certificate on completion of our masterclasses.  All our certificates come signed with the accreditation of the Guild logo on them meaning you will be able to get your public liability insurance and be able to apply for discounted makeup brands.


To be clear – ‘you do not need a qualification to become a make-up artist, you need a great portfolio and experience’. On completion of any of our courses, we will supply you with the Sussex Make-up Academy Certificate with an outline of your course content. This is your qualification on paper although potential employers will want to see your portfolio and proof of work experience. All of our courses are accredited and recognised by The Guild. As working make-up artists, we know that the most important tool that we can provide you with is a portfolio.


I’ve finished my course, where do I go from here? It is important that you understand that it takes hard work just to get established in this highly competitive industry.  The more you put in, the more you get out. We cannot promise that you will have a career as a make-up artist, that bit is down to you, but what we do promise you is that we are here to support your next move and make that transition from student to working make-up artist.  We believe in giving every single student as much opportunity as possible to achieve success. This will include work shadowing, work experience, a portfolio and we will put your name forward for suitable jobs that come our way so that you can carrying on gaining experience and adding to your portfolio.


How do I know that SMA is the right make-up school for me? We only take on students who are serious about a career in make-up artistry.  We put a lot of time and investment in to each of our students to be able to provide you with all the tools to become a successful make-up artist. All potential students are subject to an interview so that we can make sure that your money will be well spent by attending a course with us.  We also want to make sure that you enrol on the correct course for you.


Are your courses accredited or recognised in the industry? SMA is a Recognised Accredited Centre by The Guild. We provide accredited training and give you a recognised diploma at the end of your course with us. This will make it easier for all of our students to got their public liability insurance and to be accepted as a working Make-up Artist by brands to get discounts or benefits. Please check out The Guild website for further information.


I’m looking for a particular course but I can’t find it on your website, does that mean that you are not running it? Sussex Make-up Academy wants to be as flexible and convenient for you as possible. If you are looking for a particular course to learn any specific skill, please ask us and we would be happy to discuss and find a solution for you. Any course can be run depending on your need, at the time that is the most convenient for you. Do not hesitate to contact us for any question concerning our upcoming courses.


How big are your class sizes? Is it possible to get 1:1 course? All of our classes are kept small, the maximum number of students that we can welcome at the same time in our studio is six. But obviously, if you are only one or two students booking on a course, your course will run no matter what. We favour personal attention from make-up artist to student, so as soon as you booked your course, it will run whether or not someone else books on. We are happy to provide one to one courses, please contact us for further information.