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Cosmetology

Enhance the beauty and well-being of others by learning all aspects of the hairstyling profession.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available
September 2021
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available

Overview

If you're artistic, use fashion as a creative outlet and have good manual dexterity, cosmetology may guide you to an exciting and fulfilling career where you can improve the quality of life for others.

Learn how to:

  • Cut, design and style hair
  • Colour and lighten hair using a variety of techniques
  • Apply a permanent wave
  • Perform client consultations
  • Manage a salon

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Emergency First Aid, CPR Level A. You must submit proof that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program or between year one and two. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • You participate in a work placement in a salon setting. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice. Some evening/weekend shifts may be required.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates will feel confident in their cosmetology skills, ready to pursue an entrepreneurial path or join a salon team.
  • Some graduates are employed with beauty supply companies as consultants or sales representatives.
  • Graduates have become platform artists and educators.

Choose NSCC

  • This program reflects the industry's professional training requirements and is recognized by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS). Graduates are eligible to write the Association's provincial exam to earn a license to practise in Nova Scotia.
  • NSCC is the only program in the province offering the Men's Method course.
  • You learn from experienced instructors who are dedicated to ongoing professional development and maintain their involvement in provincial, national and international competitions, both as competitors and as judges.
  • Our cosmetology salons are set up to operate in the same manner as hairstyling salons. Your practical training begins on mannequins and progresses to salon clientele.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in Skills Nova Scotia, Skills Canada or Carnival of Beauty
  • Continue your studies at university – this program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • You must purchase an approved shop kit within the first two weeks of the program start date. Campuses will provide information regarding the cost of the kit upon acceptance into the program.
  • To work in Nova Scotia, you're required to pass an examination administered by CANS, covering both practical and theoretical competencies. To be eligible to take the exam, you must have accumulated 1,500 hours under the direct supervision of a Master Hairdresser Instructor and have successfully completed all components of the program. Successful completion of the exam qualifies you for a Nova Scotia Cosmetologist Hairdressing license, which permits stylists to work independently.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
COSM 1001   Professional Image
COSM 1002   Bacteriology/Infection Control
COSM 1009   Hair Colouring/Lightening I
COSM 1014   Salon Operations and Entrepreneurship
COSM 1016   Chemical Texture Services I
COSM 1034   Hair and Scalp Structure and Care
COSM 1058   Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting I
COSM 1060   Cosmetology Skills Lab I
COSM 1202   Human Relations for Cosmetology
COSM 1210   Salon Accounts Manager
COSM 1226   Cosmetology Sciences
COSM 2009   Hair Colouring/Lightening II
COSM 2016   Chemical Texture Services II
COSM 2030   Principles of Design
COSM 2055   Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting II
COSM 2065   Work Experience
COSM 2066   Cosmetology Skills Lab II
COSM 3019   Advanced Hair Colouring
COSM 3050   License Preparation
COSM 3058   Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting III
COSM 3065   Cosmetology Skills Lab III
COSM 3066   Cosmetology Skills Lab IV
COSM 3068   Advanced Artistry of Hairstyling and Cutting
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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