Cosmetology at College of San Mateo - About the Program
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About the Program

Program Overview
The 1600-hour undergraduate cosmetology program consists of theoretical and practical instruction divided into individual learning segments.

Students will be taught using:
  • Published materials
  • Audio-visual presentation
  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical hands-on experience
  • Written and practical exams
First Semester
Students will be introduced to the basics of each of the following facets of cosmetology:
  • Hair cutting
  • Hair texturizing
  • Hair coloring
  • Hairstyling
  • Manicuring
  • Health & Safety
  • Skincare
Second Semester
Students advance and apply learned skills on live models in a clinic, lab class setting. Frequent guest artists provide cutting edge techniques and product knowledge, keeping training up-to-date in this ever-evolving industry. Students learn interpersonal communication skills necessary for success in the cosmetology profession, as well as learning successful salon management techniques such as client retention, business survival skills, and practical applications for contemporary designs.

Participation in reality-based projects, such as interviewing prospective employers, helps students make informed choices about potential work environments.

Summer Session & Final Training
Workshops and clinic are continued. Also, there is an opportunity for  extensive review and preparation for the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology examination for licensure, with student participation in time-trials, and Mock State Board written and practical examinations.

Instruction includes:
  • Classroom lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands-on lab assignments
  • Guest artist presentations
  • Field trips
  • Reality-based projects
  • Practice on live models by providing services to members of the community
  • Extensive review and preparation for the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology examination