About

The Make-Up Issue was established more than 20 years ago by the founder and principal Abie Viljoen of a deep passion for beauty and fashion. Our courses are specifically designed to qualify you to be a professional individual in the make-up industry. We are renowned for our superb level of training and compare well to international standards. Our lecturers are also experienced and professional make-up artists that is still active in the film and fashion industry.

They also bring in the latest fashion trends into their teachings. What sets our academy apart from other institutions is that we regularly give students the opportunity to go out and assist the lecturers at fashion shows, productions and photographic/film shoots. We want to give our students authentic insight into this exciting and competitive industry. Through this experience they often get recruited by some of the top production companies and cosmetic houses in the country. This experience is invaluable to our students.

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We strongly emphasize the importance of understanding working knowledge, a full comprehension of products and materials and most important of all, a strong and professional portfolio. This practical experience grooms the graduates for this highly competitive industry they are about to enter. A successful artist need not only excel in the various techniques, but be professional in their approach and have an acute sense for business.

Rather than focussing on past academic achievements, the most important traits are having a creative flair, maturity, a great personality and professionalism. We believe that building an excellent portfolio acts as one as the best marketing tools to showcase skills, contrary to what others feel. A diploma or certificate from International institutions holds little credit alongside a powerful portfolio. When the portfolios are handed in at the end of the course and they are of a professional standard, the graduate will be placed on our books to be contracted out to clients on a freelance basis.

We accept both male and female students over the age of sixteen that has an interest and love for the film, fashion, TV and theatrical industry.

View our portfolio list thus far.