Applied Cosmetics - 830

Mohawk College Certificate
Makeup being applied to model

Are you interested in a career in retail cosmetics, or looking for personal development? This program provides a solid knowledge base with emphasis on practical training and experience. Topics include skin analysis and care, colour theory, make up applications and theory, including corrective techniques, merchandising and sales.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Creative, Media and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Also available as a day-time program!

The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Special approval from the Program Manager is required before registering for day-time courses. Placement is limited.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 5 mandatory courses and one option for a total of 6 courses.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course covers the history and psychology of cosmetics, the fundamentals and theory of makeup for application in a variety of methods. Corrections and fashion trends. Emphasis is on practical demonstration and experience. Kit included for daytime.
Credits: 3
Course description: A continuation of Make-up Artistry 1 with emphasis on practical make-up applications for mature skin, male make up and specialized looks for daytime to evening to black & white. PREREQUISITE: WS144 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS144
Course description: Participants will study colour, colour theory, colour combinations, style analysis, figure analysis, image profile for use in developing a well accessorized wardrobe with co-ordinated makeup shades. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to identify their own colour choices. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop selling skills and techniques you need to improve cosmetic sales. Topics also include resume writing and interview skills to get the job.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS143

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Designed for those who have an interest in, or are pursuing a career in the field of Aesthetics. Through lecture and demonstration, the student will advance their knowledge of the skin, its structure, the skin types and disorders. They will continue to study product formulation and determine product choices based on in-depth skin analysis. Students will be responsible for models to work with on practical application sessions. Textbook for daytime program included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Through lectures and demonstrations, participants will study skin structure, analysis of skin types, skin care product knowledge, properties and uses of facials and masques, hygiene and nutrition.
Credits: 3

Select 1 from the next 6 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance your knowledge of makeup, colour choices and applications for special occasions. You must supply your own models.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS244
Equivalents: PERSWS444
Course description: Learn to recognize healthy nails and understand their growth, diseases and care. Develop manicure and pedicure techniques, using appropriate equipment. You must provide models for practical applications and evaluations.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: ASTHWS305
Course description: Waxing is a popular form of hair removal. This course covers application types and procedures including hair structure, growth, disorders, sanitation and business requirements. Both theory and practical demonstration is utilized. Students are responsible for models to work with at practical application sessions. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Specialize in application of makeup for photography. Learn the do's and don'ts of what to include to build your professional portfolio. Colour and black and white photography will be used to achieve those special looks (5 photos included). Students must supply their own models. Material fees included. Prerequisite ASTHWS244 Makeup Artistry II.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS244
Course description: Learn Effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS136
Course description: Integrate classroom theory and practical experinece in the work place. You must arrange your own work place location and supervisor and receive spproval from the Certificate Program Manager BEFORE registering in this course.
Credits: 2

Industries of Employment
Cosmetic Counters/Store

Occupational Categories
Cosmetic/Make Up