The Next Level of Cosplay is a scholarship contest for creative artists from the costuming and makeup communities looking to take their work to the next level. The 2018 Next Level of Cosplay Scholarship awards the full price of tuition, lab fees, and materials (no cash value) for our Master Makeup Diploma Program ($17,340). Follow CMS on Facebook and Instagram to find out first!


Congratulations to our 2019 Next Level of Cosplay Winner ENRIQUE ESTRADA


Stay tuned for 2020 details to be announced soon! 


“NLCP” Contest Rules


The following are the submission guidelines for 2019. However, these are subject to change as we refine the process. Be sure to check back for updates before submitting an application. Entrants’ work will be reviewed by members of Cinema Makeup School’s panel and judged on broad criteria with an emphasis on creativity, makeup artistry, and costume design.


To Enter:


  • Entrants shall produce one costume with makeup and/or special effects and/or makeup as a featured design element.
  • Entrants may use a model but must perform all makeup and costume applications themselves. All essential makeup/costume elements must be the entrant’s own work.
  • Entrants shall base their makeup and costume creation off of existing characters from literature, comic, animation, video games, and or/film and TV. The design can be an original take on an existing character or be a direct representation of an existing character.
  • Entrants shall submit a three-minute video showcasing their makeup and costume design. Each video shall include an introduction of themselves, the reason(s) they want to attend CMS, and a description of their design submission in that order. The video shall be submitted on YouTube, or another video platform, with the entrant’s name and “Cinema Makeup School’s Next Level of Cosplay” with the hashtag #CMSNLC in the title. Video can be submitted in your primary language, but English subtitles must be included.
  • The video link must be sent to the school by filling out the entry form at or emailing [email protected].
  • Entrants may submit photos of their design to aid the Scholarship Committee during the review process. Additional material should be sent to [email protected].
  • Current and former CMS students are not eligible.
  • All submissions must be from individuals – no groups will be accepted.


A panel of expert judges will then vote on the final winner out of the pool of five finalists. The entry which receives a plurality of judges’ votes shall be named the overall winner.


The winner will be chosen subjectively, but judges will be asked to vote based upon a combination of the following: Makeup, Costume, Completeness of Vision, Desire and Drive


Prizes Are As Follows:

1st Place: $17,340 scholarship (no cash value)
4 Runner-Ups: $1,000 scholarship


Be sure to read our full rules for more details, and follow us on Instagram for announcements. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

*This scholarship is for Cinema Makeup School credit only and has zero cash value. Monetary credits can be used towards unpaid tuition only. Moreover, the award cannot be used retroactively, even if the awardee has not completed his or her education.


Terms & Conditions Apply.*

*Scholarship Terms & Conditions:

CMS reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with the scholarship rules at any time. The Next Level of Cosplay Scholarship is open to all U.S. and international applicants. Rules, restrictions, prize details, and guidelines are subject to change without notice. The decision of the judges shall be final. By entering, each applicant agrees to Cinema Makeup School’s Terms & Conditions and grants Cinema Makeup School the right to use their names, likenesses and any and all images from their entry for publicity and marketing purposes.

Each Scholarship winner must meet the enrollment pre-requisites for Cinema Makeup School. Enrollment requirements: each individual must be over the age of 18 by the time they begin classes and must have proof of high school completion or its equivalent. The Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. residents and to international students who must meet the requirement of qualification for an M-1 student visa under the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. The winner must be able to provide confirmation of requirements within seven (7) days of the announcement as the winner, or the Scholarship will go to the runner-up. The Scholarship can be used only at the Los Angeles campus. The recipient must start classes within one year of being selected as the Next Level of Cosplay Scholarship Winner. There is no cash award or cash value for unused funds. Scholarship awards are non-transferable. Only the winners are guaranteed notification. By accepting the Scholarship, each winner grants Cinema Makeup School and the right to use their names and likenesses for publicity purposes related to the Scholarship and School.