Founded in 1966 in the heart of Hollywood, California, E.I. continues to be an innovative voice in the makeup industry offering an extensive hands-on education in all areas of makeup including: beauty, corrective, theatrical / live performance, high fashion photographic, television, film and special effects makeup.
At that time, EI’s faculty was comprised of working makeup professionals who saw the lack of makeup artists in the growing entertainment industry. Apprenticeship was the usual way that makeup professionals passed on their art. However, the problem was that each makeup artist would only have one or two at most. In contrast to the system of apprenticeships practiced at that time, these professionals provided much-needed makeup artistry training in a school environment.
EI has paved the way for the education and training of professional makeup artists. Furthermore, we continue to set the standards by which those in the fields of fashion, film and television work. Our goal is to continually set the bar for our instructors and programs ever higher, so that our graduates will always be the most sought after and respected artists in the makeup industry.
The E.I. main campus is located in the heart of Hollywood CA, just a few blocks south of the famous Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave intersection.
E.I. is part of a large group of schools centered on entertainment arts education, called Campus Hollywood. Campus Hollywood is composed of four media and entertainment related schools. Elegance International (E.I.), the Musicians Institute (MI), the International Dance Academy (IDA) and the Theatre of Arts (TOA), a professional school of acting. These are all within walking distance of E.I.
The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM), located in Pasadena, is also affiliated with Campus Hollywood. MI, which is just across the street from E.I., and LACM are both colleges of contemporary music. IDA and TOA offer courses in acting, voice, dance, and stage performance. E.I. students are welcome to attend all performances, concerts and special music events.
Other Campus Hollywood companies include ESP, Schecter Guitars, and United Television Broadcasting (UTB), the Japanese broadcasting station in Los Angeles (channel 18.2).
Discounts are available to students for concerts at MI, theatrical productions at TOA and at makeup and art centers throughout Southern California (Smash Box, MAC, Sephora, Naimie’s, Nigel’s, Carter-Sexton, etc.) with the E.I. Student ID.
In conjunction with our Program Advisory Board (PAC), a peer group of working professionals and employers, our programs are updated twice a year. This allows EI to keep our educational offerings relevant to the ever-changing Makeup Arts Industry. We are one of the very few makeup schools accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).
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