Which Beauty Schools and Programs Are in California?

Learn about beauty schools in California. See degree and specialization options, program requirements and classes to make an informed choice concerning your education. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are you searching for information regarding cosmetology programs in California? Programs available can provide you with a certificate or an associate's degree if you are looking to round out your cosmetology training with general education studies. Licensing is required in the state, and these programs can prepare you for your exam.

What You Need to Know

California's city college system offers ample opportunities for students to prepare to enter the beauty professions. The cosmetology programs of these 2-year schools are offered at the certificate and associate's-degree levels and take between one and two years to complete. Students can explore skin and nail care, salon management and hair styling. Eligible graduates may sit for the state cosmetology licensing examination.

Beauty Certificate Programs in California

Laney College

Laney College offers a Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology that includes 7 courses, and you can attend during the day or in the evening. You'll learn how to cut and style hair, apply chemical treatments and give manicures, pedicures and facials. Graduates qualify to take California's cosmetology licensure exam.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: 3 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,156 per year for residents; $6,316 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Must be 18 years old or have a high school diploma/GED for normal, full-time admission
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 10,500 undergrads

Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology that you can earn after about 3 semesters of full-time attendance. Both day and evening classes are available, and students will incur about $2,000 worth of expenses for cosmetology supplies in addition to tuition. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam. In addition to the cosmetology program, the school offers a certificate in nail technology.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: 3 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,104 per year for residents; $7,440 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Be at least 18 and/or have a high school diploma/GED for normal, full-time admission
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 23,300 undergrads

San Diego City College

Students in San Diego City College's cosmetology certificate program can take courses in the daytime or the evening. The program includes both cosmetology classroom and lab work that prepares graduates to take California's state licensing exam. Students are responsible for buying the required cosmetology supplies. In addition to the school's cosmetology program, there are also certificate programs for estheticians (skin care specialists) and aspiring cosmetology teachers.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: About 3 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,142 per year for residents; $4,670 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: College requires applicants to be at least 18 or possess a high school diploma or equivalent for normal, full-time admission; cosmetology students must be at least 16, even with a GED
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 16,300 undergraduates

Santa Monica College

You can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology from Santa Monica College in just over a year, but to do this, you'll need to attend full-day classes each weekday. The cosmetology program requires 1,600 training hours to complete, but there are also shorter certificate programs in skincare, nail care, salon management and cosmetology instruction. Although the college generally requires students to be at least 18 or have a high school diploma or equivalent, high school juniors and seniors can be admitted to this program with approval from their principal. Students also need to purchase their own cosmetology supplies.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: Just over 1 year full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,136 per year for residents; $8,078 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Be at least 18 or possess a GED/high school diploma for normal, full-time admission
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 30,200 undergraduates

Beauty Associate's Degree Programs in California

San Diego City College

San Diego City College offers an associate's degree in cosmetology in addition to its certificate program. As a cosmetology major, you'll take the same sequence of courses as certificate students, but you'll also take classes in business, chemistry and general education subjects. One of the required chemistry courses includes a lab component.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: About 2 years full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,142 per year for residents; $4,670 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: The college requires applicants to be at least 18 or possess a high school diploma or equivalent for normal, full-time admission
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 16,300 undergraduates

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College offers an associate's degree program for cosmetology students who would like a liberal arts education in addition to their professional studies. You'll complete at least 37 units of cosmetology studies and then earn the remainder of the required 60 credits in general education courses. After completion of the cosmetology coursework, you'll be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam.

  • Program Name: Associate in Arts in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: About 2 years full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,136 per year for residents; $8,078 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Be at least 18 or possess a GED/high school diploma for normal, full-time admission
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 30,200 undergraduates

Cosmetology training combined with general coursework will allow you to receive an associate's degree from both San Diego City College and Santa Monica College; if you are only looking for a certificate option, San Diego City and Santa Monica also provide certificate programs along with Sacramento City College and Laney College.

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