Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.
COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.
COSM 1001 - Professional Image
This course introduces personal and professional health, physical presentation, human relations and professional attitude. Students will develop and demonstrate a positive professional attitude and will be evaluated on interactions with others, appropriate dress code and code of ethics.
COSM 1002 - Bacteriology/Infection Control
This course provides students with practice and theory in the study of microbes. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with methods to control microbes in the salon environment and prevent the spread of disease.
COSM 1009 - Hair Colouring/Lightening I
A solid foundation in hair colouring and lightening is necessary in order to meet the challenges of one of today’s most artistic and popular services. This course introduces students to the theoretical and procedural foundations of hair colouring.
COSM 1016 - Chemical Texture Services I
Students will study aspects of chemically rearranging the bonds of the hair for texture relating to permanent waving.
COSM 1020 - Salon Business Operations and Entrepreneurship
This course introduces students to the different structures of salon businesses and management. Students will be introduced to business plans, marketing strategies, self-promotion and lifelong learning which will provide the foundational knowledge for a successful salon business.
COSM 1034 - Hair and Scalp Structure and Care
This course will enable students to recognize and identify the basic components of the hair and its associated structures. Students will be able to analyze the hair and scalp, recognize disorders and diseases as well as recommend treatment services to clients. This course also provides foundational theory relating to shampooing, finishing rinses, conditioners, and basic hair treatments.
COSM 1058 - Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting I
The course introduces the basic principles of cutting mechanics. Students will identify hair shaping tools, angles, elevation and cutting techniques as well as blowing drying, ironing, thermal styling, straightening and curling. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge of appropriate techniques required for creating artistic and pleasing styles.
COSM 1060 - Cosmetology Skills Lab I
This course allows students to develop and practise skills related to the theory covered throughout the Cosmetology program at an introductory level. Students are required to demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting. Attendance at labs is required to successfully demonstrate skills and meet the hours required by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) for program completion.
COSM 1202 - Human Relations for Cosmetology
This course will examine relations with people in the workplace and its importance to the success of the stylist and the salon. In addition, students will be introduced to the benefits of service learning.
COSM 1204 - Communications for Cosmetology
Effective communication skills and social media are powerful tools for connecting with clients and building an online presence. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of social media tools for marketing and include examples in their portfolio to enhance employability. The ethical, legal and professional considerations for the use of social media will also be explored, as will the use of standard industry software.
COSM 1226 - Cosmetology Sciences
This course provides a foundation of scientific concepts that are related to the cosmetology profession. Learners will discuss the cell, body structures, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and electricity.
COSM 2009 - Hair Colouring/Lightening II
This course introduces the learner to strategies and promotes development of problem solving skills for accurate colour formulation. Emphasis will be placed on exploring colour formation strategies and de-colourizing techniques.
COSM 2016 - Chemical Texture Services II
This course allows the learner to study aspects of chemically rearranging the bonds of the hair for texture as it relates to chemical hair relaxing and soft curl perming.
COSM 2030 - Principles of Design
This course challenges the learner to develop an artistic and pleasing image for clients using philosophy of design and harmony between hairstyles and facial structures.
COSM 2055 - Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting II
This course provides a deeper investigation of the basic principles of cutting including the importance of consultation practices and the use of hair shaping tools, angles, and elevation of cutting techniques and the importance of timings. Students will practice techniques in finger waving, pin curls, and roller placements. A good hair cut is the basis to successful hair styling and success in the industry.
COSM 2065 - Work Experience
During this 100 hour work experience, students will have the opportunity to assist and practice their skills under the direct supervision of a Master Cosmetologist. They will gain an understanding of the comprehensive skills required to become a successful Cosmetologist in today's competitive work force. The work experience must be completed in an approved, designated salon in Nova Scotia.
COSM 2066 - Cosmetology Skills Lab II
This course allows students to further develop and practice skills related to the theory covered throughout the Cosmetology program with a goal of increasing competency and speed. Students are required to demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting. Attendance at labs is required to successfully demonstrate skills and meet the hours required by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) for program completion.
COSM 3019 - Advanced Hair Colouring
During this course, the learner will further develop problem-solving skills in colour formulations and corrections. The learner will also explore advanced colouring techniques.
COSM 3050 - License Preparation
This course prepares the learner for the theory and practical components of the provincial examinations administered by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia.
COSM 3058 - Artistry of Hair Styling/Cutting III
Artistry in hair styling gives the Cosmetologist the platform to demonstrate his/her creative side while also providing the opportunity for proficiency in hair styling. A more in depth study of cutting hair using principles of design will be included. This course will also introduce the learner to more in depth techniques using razor, and texturizing tools. The learner will be introduced to wig hair enhancement services and braiding
COSM 3065 - Cosmetology Skills Lab III
This course allows the learners to further develop and practice skills related to the theory covered throughout the Cosmetology - Hairdressing program with a goal of increasing competency and speed. Learners will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.
COSM 3066 - Cosmetology Skills Lab IV
This course allows the learners to further develop and practice skills to increase speed and competency in the Cosmetology program at an industry entry level. Learners will demonstrate professional conduct competencies at all times in the lab setting.
COSM 3068 - Advanced Artistry of Hairstyling and Cutting
Advanced artistry gives the cosmetologist the confidence to enter the workforce armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to function as a professional in analyzing all cutting and finishing techniques that are current in a modern salon.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.