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You’ll learn all things cosmetology in this one-year program and externship. In addition to learning in the classroom, you’ll gain real-world experience at a local salon, shadowing professional hair stylists and nail technicians.
Watch this video and see what its like to be a student in Madison College's Cosmetology program.
As a cosmetology student you will be learn a variety of skills under licensed professionals, such as:
- Haircutting for all hair types
- Professional hair color
- Hair design and styling
- Nail technology
- Manicures and pedicures
- Scalp and facial treatments
- Cosmetic makeup analysis
- Clean/style wigs and hairpieces
- Infection control
- Client relations
- Retail methodology
- Permanent waving
- Shampooing and deep conditioning
You'll receive a kit that includes all equipment and supplies needed to complete this program as a part of a class fee.
Madison College's Cosmetology students attend class full-time during the day, Monday through Friday.
Cosmetology classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.
Careers in Cosmetology
Employers throughout Madison consider Madison College's Cosmetology graduates top candidates.
Graduates from this one-year technical diploma program are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of cosmetology, including:
- Hair/Makeup Stylist
- Platform Artist
After completing the program, you will be ready to apply for your cosmetology practitioner’s license from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).Program NewsThe hands-on model also offers students tuition savings and streamlines curriculumJason Boatright owns the B. Right Barbershop in Sun Prairie.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.Prior to start of programFirst SemesterSecond Semester31-502-3352 credits31-502-3382 credits31-502-3392 credits31-502-3454 credits31-502-3462 credits31-502-3612 creditsThird Semester
Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is December 31, 2023
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you have been admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
After completing the Cosmetology program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Perform shampoo, haircut, and style services
- Perform skin care services
- Perform chemical services
- Perform nail services
- Develop business practices for industry success
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 38 10 29 Number of Surveys Sent 38 10 16 Number of Surveys Returned 20 10 12 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 16 9 12 Percent Available for Employment 80.00% 90.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 20.00% 10.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 12 9 11 Percent of Graduates Employed 75.00% 100.00% 91.70% Employed in Related Occupation 11 9 9 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 91.70% 100.00% 81.80% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 0 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8.30% 0.00% 18.20% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 4 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 25.00% 0.00% 8.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.1 3.6 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 10 12 Very Satisfied (4) 6 6 8 Percent Very Satisfied 30.00% 60.00% 66.70% Satisfied (3) 11 4 4 Percent Satisfied 55.00% 40.00% 33.30% Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 5.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 2 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 10.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 20 10 12 Preparation for Getting a Job 9 6 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 45.00% 60.00% 33.30% Career Change 6 2 3 Percent Career Change 30.00% 20.00% 25.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 8.30% Preparation for Further Education 1 1 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 5.00% 10.00% 16.70% Personal Interest 4 1 2 Percent Personal Interest 20.00% 10.00% 16.70% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 12 9 11 Before Enrollment 0 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% While Attending the College 1 1 1 Percent While Attending the College 8.30% 11.10% 9.10% After Training at the College 11 8 10 Percent After Training at the College 91.70% 88.90% 90.90% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 12 9 9 In College District 11 8 9 Percent In College District 91.70% 88.90% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 11.10% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 8.30% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 3 8 Average Monthly Wage $1,699 $3,220 $3,540 Average Hourly Wage $9.88 $18.72 $20.58 Average Work Hours per Week 38.4 42.3 44.6 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 5 2 1 Average Hourly Wage $11.00 $13.50 $15.00 Average Work Hours per Week 25.7 28.3 32
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Alan Koa Salon and Spa Hair Stylist Genesis Hair and Day Spa Cosmetologist/Hairdresser DeForest Gents Classic Barbershop Barber Menomonee Falls Lotus Salon Hair Stylist Sun Prairie Neat Fades Barbershop Barber PROSE Nails Nail Artist/Technician Salon Centric Hair Stylist Self-Employed Stylist Temptd Salon And Spa Cosmetologist Monona
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