Three excellent colleges for special effects makeup artists are Douglas Education Center's Tom Savini Special Effects Makeup Program in Pennsylvania, Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Florida, and Cinema Makeup School in California. Of these three, only Douglas Education Center's program is accredited and eligible for financial aid.
Students attending Tom Savini Special Effects Makeup Program graduate in 16 months with an Associate's degree. The other programs are not degree programs and therefore not able to use federal financial aid. Vee Neal provides scholarships to a few students at Cinema Makeup School.
Several graduates, students and one teacher from Tom Savini's program have been featured on the television show Face-Off.