Bonnie, yes it was $1550 including the course. Everything was included that price (my books, the makeup kit, a starter brush set, etc) so it was not as hard on my budget as some other courses that I looked into. Now I have extra money left over so I can amp up my kit some more.... I'm a little too addicted to eyeshadow, so I'm glad to have that extra $! lol
Yes, you can totally get a job after with their diploma... I've looked into a lot of different companies and job opportunities, and they all say that they require "demonstrated skill", or a combination of skill and proof that you've had training. Obviously that's gonna change based on what company you're looking for, but I am looking to go into freelance so I'm all set. I'll have to get a business license if I want to register as a business, which isn't a problem.... I've never heard of a school that can give out a business license anyways.
I spend part of my year in Canada, and another in Florida... it's not mandatory to be "licensed" as a makeup artist since it's totally different from cosmetology or being an esthetician. I don't know about all states or regions, but as far as I know - there aren't too many licensed makeup artists. That's from the research that I did, at least.
my school is an international school, so it doesn't have region specific accreditation.. they are really well known, have a relationship with the bbb, and are a member with PBA, and have relationships with cosmetic brands (someone mentioned that one is occ, which is totally true.. I can't wait to place my order!). I am totally comfortable training from a school that's established so many different relationships, and has good student testimonials. I feel like I am learning a lot, and the DVDs are helpful (and I get to keep them for life), so I'd recommend the course (i'm in Master Makeup). Obviously which school you choose to attend is a personal choice... but if you were looking @ QC Makeup, it's got my vote.