Honors Programs


Leonard Engelman Fellowship

Leonard Engelman has developed an extensive and profound makeup artist career working on films like Batman Forever (1995) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and with Hollywood stars such as Cher. The Leonard Engelman Fellowship allows select Cinema Makeup School students to work directly with Leonard in an intimate studio environment. The makeup students who attend Fellowship workshops benefit from Leonard’s vast makeup industry knowledge and unparalleled makeup artistry.

International students observing Nelly Recchia's class


“Being selected to participate in the Leonard Engelman Fellowship inspired me in many ways. Not only with knowledge and tips about our ever-changing industry, but the personal advice and critique received from Engelman himself.” – Chelsea Tapia, Graduate




Leonard Engelman

Leonard Engelman is Director of Education Emeritus of Cinema Makeup School and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch. He has been working professionally as a makeup artist for over fifty years and his feature credits include such classics as Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone, Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and Moonstruck and Burlesque both starring Cher.


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Protégé Lab Internship Program

For the student who desires hands-on FX lab experience, Cinema Makeup School’s Lab Internship Protégé Program offers the opportunity for exclusive internships at premier, award-winning FX studios worldwide.

With a passion for FX and instructor recommendation, select students who have taken eight weeks of makeup effects courses will work inside studios of current CMS partners, who have work on films such as The Shape of Water (2017), It (2017), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

– Invaluable hands-on FX lab experience
– One-of-a-kind chance to work with award-winning teams



“Hosting interns in a working makeup effects studio can be risky. Newbies can slow down the process. They can actually create more work because they need their hands held every step of the way. That’s why I was so pleased by the performance of the interns who came to us through Cinema Makeup School. Not only were they enthusiastic, serious and hard working…they had skills. If they represent the caliber of students coming out of Cinema Makeup School, I have high hopes for the future of the craft!

 – Alec Gillis
Oscar-nominated SFX Artist;
Co-founder of A.D.I. Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.


Partners include, but aren’t limited to:

Alliance StudioBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Underworld (2003), and Predator (1987);
DDTSFXCrimson Peak (2017), Mama (2013), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
KNB EFX GroupThe Walking Dead (TV Series), Suicide Squad (2016), and Django Unchained (2012);
Legacy EffectsAvengers: Infinity War (2017), The Shape of Water (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016);
Millennium FXDoctor Who (TV Series), Victor Frankenstein (2015), and Divergent (2014);
Spectral MotionStranger Things (TV Series), R.I.P.D (2013), and Looper (2012);
Studio ADIGodzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Predator (2018), and It (2017);
Odd StudioPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Alien Covenant (2017), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)