Our vision and mission
Established in 2016, the Vocational Academy of Makeup and Prosthetics (VAMP) is a professional makeup training school located in Orlando, Florida. We seek to provide our students with a modern education in the field of professional makeup artistry. We offer comprehensive courses teaching both special makeup effects as well as beauty makeup.
All of our team members are working makeup artists with experience in film, television, photography, theater, and more. The VAMP team met working at Universal Orlando, where they are a part of the makeup team that brings events, like Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas, to life.
Heather, VAMP’s School Director, graduated from Duke University in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in Visual Arts as well as Psychology with a focus in Adolescent Development. She also completed the Markets and Management Studies program while at Duke, a certificate program for undergraduates that focuses on business, organizations, and entrepreneurship. Upon graduating, she began working as a makeup artist at places like MAC, Blue Whale Studios, and Universal Orlando. In addition to doing makeup and creating all types of art, she has a passion for helping young people find their path in life and discover a career that brings them joy.
Ann has been making clients feel beautiful since 2009. She began her career in makeup after graduating from Ringing College of Art and Design, receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging in 2008. Ann has worked for cosmetic giant MAC Cosmetics as a full time artist and as part of the management team. While at MAC for nearly 7 years, Ann was selected to join the Impact Team Tier 2, a selective group of MAC artists recognized for their artistic abilities, professionalism, and leadership. Ann’s artistry skills spread across all kinds of beauty settings, from high profile special events, fashion shows, and serving bridal parties on their big day.
Brian is an IATSE Local 798 Union makeup artist. He was determined to become a special effects makeup artist since the age of 16. After nearly 10 years of self-taught experience, Brian wanted to further his knowledge with a formal education. In 2009, he enrolled in Tom Savini’s Special Effects Makeup Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pennsylvania, where he obtained an associate’s degree in Specialized Business. Brian is a seasoned sculptor and mold maker, with experience working in prosthetic labs where he would create battle wound simulated prosthetics to train combat medics for the United States Army. He has experience in film and television, and strives for a sense of realism with all of his makeups.
Osiris has been doing makeup professionally for over 20 years and has been an IATSE Local 798 makeup artist since 2011. After attending cosmetology school, Osiris was a member of the inaugural class at Tom Savini’s Special Effects Makeup Program at the Douglas Education Center where he earned an associate degree in Specialized Business. His resume is very diverse: he has worked as a makeup artist for several beauty brands such as NARS, Lancome, and Smashbox, for multiple shows on Spike TV, in New York for the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s off Broadway productions, as well as working as a makeup artist for a funeral home for 4 years. His fabrication background includes working for Ripley Entertainment for nearly 7 years and Disney Central Shops, creating and mending set pieces and props used throughout the resort. Osiris continues to work in the makeup department at Universal Orlando for events like Grinchmas, Halloween Horror Nights, and more.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Is VAMP licensed?
Yes, Vocational Academy of Makeup and Prosthetics (ID#: 5527) is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.
Do I need a license to be a makeup artist in Florida?
No, you do not need a license to work as a makeup artist in the state of Florida. On June 30, 2020, “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” (HB 1193) was signed into law which eliminates the need of a license for makeup artists in Florida.
Can I schedule a tour?
Yes! We encourage all of our new and potential students to take a tour of our facilities. Click here to to schedule a tour or give us a call at (407) 601-2894!
Do you offer scholarships?
VAMP currently offers scholarships to students who qualify. Please visit our Tuition & Scholarships page for more information, or give us a call today.
Do you accept FAFSA®? What is your school code?
At this time we are not able to accept FAFSA® and do not have a school code for financial aid.
Do students receive a makeup kit?
Absolutely! Our team has worked hard to ensure your kit meets all industry standards and includes all the essentials you will require to succeed in makeup artistry.
Does VAMP offer night classes or part time classes?
At this time, we do not. Our full time programs are only available Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. Any classes or seminars we offer outside of that will be advertised on our social media page so be sure to follow us on Instagram for updates and opportunities!