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.

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Also available as a day-time program!

The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Placement is limited. Click on the button above to contact the Program Specialist for approval prior to registering. 

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CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • 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 2019/20 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 - Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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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.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance your understanding of product knowledge, bacteriology, sanitation and hygiene and develop skills in skin cleansing, massage and mask treatments. You must provide models for application sessions.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop skills in make-up applications for Black and White and Colour photography, television and specialized looks for daytime and evening. Students are responsible for their own models.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS144
Course description: Study colour theory, style analysis, figure analysis, and image profile to develop a well accessorized wardrobe with co-ordinated makeup shades.
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: Advance your knowledge of the skin, study product formulation and make choices based on in-depth skin analysis.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop your knowledge of skin care, with emphasis on analysis of skin types, product knowledge, 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: Learn corrective makeup techniques to conceal skin disorders or scarring. Examine makeup formulation and suitability, application, psychological aspects, communication and patient documentation needed to work effectively in a clinical setting. Previous makeup or medical experience is necessary. You MUST supply your own models.
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 experience in the workplace.
Credits: 2
Getting Started

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Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment

  • Cosmetic Counters
  • Cosmetic Stores

Occupational Categories

  • Cosmetics
  • Make Up