Professional Studies & Special Programs
Bobbi Brown Program in Makeup Artistry
The Bobbi Brown Program in Makeup Artistry at Emerson College is dedicated to excellence in educating and training the makeup artist within you, whether you seek to enhance your personal life or prepare for a career in makeup artistry. Our courses are taught by professional makeup artists selected and trained by acclaimed makeup artist Bobbi Brown '79.
The dynamic program draws upon the artistic integrity and professional reputations of Bobbi Brown and Emerson College, a leading institution of higher education devoted to communication and the arts.
Designed for students at all levels, the program offers one-week long intensive professional non-credit courses during the summer. All sessions take place on Emerson College’s Boston campus.
Schedule and Course Descriptions
Level I: The Fundamentals of Makeup Artistry
Monday–Friday, June 19-23, 2017
10:00 am–6:00 pm
Students will learn the fundamentals of makeup, including techniques for makeup for photography. Through lessons, demonstrations, and practical application, students will learn about angles, lighting, types of film, and other specific goals of the photographer. This course begins with an introduction to the Bobbi Brown beauty philosophy and details of the 10-step makeup application. It culminates with a "before and after" photo shoot by a professional photographer.
Level II: Advanced Makeup Artistry
Monday–Friday, July 17-21, 2017
10:00 am–6:00 pm
This course continues the student's training in makeup artistry for the fashion world and makeup for different mediums. Class sessions will focus on the principles of makeup application for runway, print photography, television, and film. The course begins with a review of Bobbi Brown's basic 10-step makeup application techniques, with an emphasis on creating the perfect canvas for more advanced makeup looks.
Registration will open on our secure payment site in March.
Students will not be eligible for a refund without notifying the Department of Professional Studies, via email, of their withdrawal from a course. A member of our staff will provide confirmation of withdrawal requests via email. Convenience fees, registration fees, and miscellaneous fees are nonrefundable. Transaction fees charged by TouchNet are nonrefundable in the event of course cancellation. Requests to withdraw from a workshop may be made any time prior to the day of the course. There will be no refunds for withdrawal requests received after the course has begun.
Enrollment in Makeup Artistry professional courses is open to individuals who have earned a high school diploma or GED.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of its programs, courses and workshops at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, to change instructor assignments, to change the method of instruction of courses or programs, to cancel or discontinue a certificate program at any time, or to substitute courses in a certificate program. Enrollment and attendance in courses offered by Professional Studies is separate from admission to degree programs at Emerson College.
All courses and workshops are taught by professional makeup artists who have been personally selected for this program by Bobbi Brown.
Elizabeth Keiser, beauty team artist at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, teaches the summer workshops in Boston. Elizabeth has worked with Bobbi Brown for ten years. She has been handpicked by Bobbi to assist at New York Fashion Week, various photo shoots, and in-store events, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her print credits include Women's Wear Daily, News Day Magazine, and the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual.
Elizabeth regularly works to help create the looks for such designers as Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Bebe, Ed Hardy, Carolina Herrara, and Roberto Cavalli. She has also done makeup for celebrities such as Allison Janney, Jane Kazmareck, Rachel Hunter, and Bethenny Frankel.
Additional faculty often includes Tia Hebron and Kai Vinson, both makeup artists and education executives at Bobbi Brown.
As a teenager, Bobbi Brown wanted to look like supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, the thin, blue-eyed, blonde epitome of beauty in the late 1960s.
“I couldn't have looked any more different, and I spent a lot of time feeling bad about what I wasn't,” says Bobbi. “Then I saw Ali MacGraw in Love Story and I finally saw the possibility of my own beauty. This epiphany impacted how I viewed myself, how I saw other women, and it ultimately led me to my career as a makeup artist.”
Bobbi's love affair with makeup started at an early age when she discovered her mother's collection of cosmetics. Bobbi’s passion for beauty continued into her teens and led her to study theatrical makeup at Emerson College. After graduating, she headed for New York City to fulfill her dream of working as a professional makeup artist, and founded Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1991.
Today, Bobbi Brown is a world-renowned makeup artist and cosmetics industry entrepreneur. She is the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the best-selling author of several books on beauty.
As an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three, Bobbi continues to strike a chord with today’s consumers, espousing a philosophy that calls for achieving and maintaining balance, cultivating a positive outlook, and loving yourself the way you are.