+ Why should I choose Artists Within?

To date Artists Within is the only accredited school in Alberta to offer Makeup Artistry and Session Hair Styling Diploma programs, which were the two courses we first started with. Over the years we have slowly added new programs such as fashion styling, advanced makeup and special FX, giving students the option to have a well-rounded base in all areas of the industry. We have had amazing success over the years with our graduates going on to start fabulous careers.

One important fact that has made Artists Within a success is that the programs are designed and overseen by successful artists and stylists with vast experience, who have seen the highs and the lows first hand so are able to prepare students for those variables. The programs are not taken from a text book, they are taken from years and years of experience around the world in every situation imaginable. We pass the drive, enthusiasm and experience behind what we do at Artists Within to you, the student.

Come and visit us, hear the success stories, see the work of the students and graduates, and then feel the excitement as you turn your dreams into reality. Truly the most exciting part of this journey for us is watching our students begin nervous and unsure, then emerging a couple of months later with tremendous skills, energy and drive to go out there and do whatever they want in this exciting industry, the sky’s the limit!

+ Why should I attend an accredited school?

Being an accredited school means that a board governs us, which protects the student. The most important point from the student’s point of view is that you receive a recognized diploma or certificate depending on the program chosen, not just a piece of paper that means nothing. Legally any program over 2 weeks must be accredited, if it is not beware. If you are unsure ask to see their accreditation papers and make sure it is a diploma or certificate you are receiving from a credible source. We have seen all too many times students coming to us after being fooled into beliving schools are legitimate when they are not and then being disappointed by the training also.

We have certain guidelines we must strictly follow in terms of making sure that the courses we teach contain the correct information to enable you to get work after school. We must submit reports every year to show our graduation rate and job placement rate. These reports are made available for each student to view and sign. You as the student are protected financially should anything happen.

+ What is the difference between a diploma and a certificate?

A diploma is a higher rank so to speak than a certificate. It means that you have received more in depth training than a certificate can offer. Any program over 2 weeks should be accredited and therefore will offer a diploma. A diploma is your guarantee that the school or institution is official when taking such a program, is following regulations, and that you are getting genuine training.

Any course under two weeks will not need to follow these regulations so a certificate will be issued. If you are wanting to become a professional makeup artist be aware that there are many artists with diplomas who you are competing with so choose your school wisely so you can be on par experience and training wise.

+ Do I need any previous experience to start with Artists Within?

No experience is necessary. Our courses start with the basics. If there are pre-requisites they are stated and the necessary course is available through Artists Within.

We do require eagerness and ambition!

+ How old do I have to be?

You must be 18 years old to attend any of our diploma courses, or a high school graduate.

+ What kind of work will I get after completing my course?

There are so many options and directions to go once you have completed any of our courses. The great thing is, you can try different things until you find your niche. Each course covers a wide variety of material which provides many opportunities.

Examples of the type of work previous graduates are doing:

Runway shows in New York, Milan, L.A., and London
Working with various agencies around the world doing photo shoots Working for salons on cruise ships
Working for stores such as Holt Renfrew, Sephora and MAC cosmetics
Students go on to work for television productions and commercials
Many start their own makeup companies.

This is just to name a few!

+ What experience do your Trainers have?

Each of our trainers has had years of hands on experience. None of them work full time with us; they spend a portion of their time teaching and the rest out in the industry working in their field. Each trainer has hands on experience so is able to do more than read a textbook and demo. They help put you in the moment, challenge you and prepare you for the reality of the industry.

+ Do you help me look for work after completing the course?

We get many calls for jobs and positions, and always pass them on to our graduates via our alumni facebook page. We don’t guarantee work but we do all we can to assist you. Our job placement rate since opening the doors 14 years ago has always remained in the 90th percentile, which we are very proud of.

+ Do I need to purchase the kit?

Yes, the kit is mandatory. It is important while learning to have the appropriate products and tools necessary to achieve the desired results. Each kit has all you need to get started, to learn and to expand with. The kits are fantastic basics from our own line 'AW03 Maquillage' that you can add to slowly as you grow and move forward. They contain all you need for your course, you are not expected to purchase additional items while attending Artists Within.

+ What is the registration cut-off?

You can register the day before a course starts, if there is room. Certain times of the year fill up very quickly so we would suggest you sign up as soon as you have made the decision to attend to avoid disappointment. The front end team can advise you on this further when enquiring about certain dates.

+ Is my deposit refundable should I change my mind?

Your deposit is not refundable, however you may transfer into another course if necessary and there is valid reason for doing so. There is a $50 processing fee for any changes.

+ How do I register?

You need to call our administration department at 403.208.0034 or email info@artistswithin.com and make an appointment to meet with our administrative team to complete the registration process. When registering, we require that you bring photo ID and the deposit for your chosen course.
We are always available in business hours to answer questions or to book you in for a tour of the academy. We look forward to meeting with you!