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Cosmetic Techniques and Management

Cosmetic Techniques and Management

Program Code:CTM
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s Cosmetic Techniques and Management diploma prepares you to step into a thriving industry with skills that employers and clients value. You will cover many aspects of the cosmetic business, from practical makeup techniques and skin care analysis to marketing and management with a focus on the bottom line.

Field Placement

Field Placement is a valuable component of the Cosmetic Techniques and Management program and is a mandatory requirement for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics: (C) or (M)
    • Grade 11 or 12 Business credit: (C) or (M).


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Your Career

Join the multi–billion–dollar beauty industry as a professional with real world skills. Earn a diploma in the Cosmetic Techniques and Management program and you will be poised for a career as a beauty advisor, marketing assistant, cosmetics co-ordinator, freelance makeup artist or demonstrator, distributor or account executive.


  • Canadian Cosmetic Careers Association (CCCA)
  • Canadian Network of Makeup Artists

Professional Accreditation

The Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association’s National Cosmetician Accreditation program recognizes excellence and dedication in cosmeticians. Seneca’s Cosmetic Techniques and Management diploma can be used in the required accumulation of points to qualify for accreditation status within the industry. This method of learning is most appropriate if you are already working full–time in the industry and want to establish formal credentials by earning a certificate.

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COB105 Cosmetic Product Knowledge 4
COB120 Cosmetic Retail Marketplace 3
COS122 Beauty and Glamour Makeup Techniques 4
EAC150 College English 3
  Field Placement
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COB210 Coaching and Leadership 3
COB218 Retail Management Systems 4
COS114 Skin Care I 4
COS226 Runway and Screen Makeup Techniques 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COB330 Fragrance Sales and Promotions 3
COB341 Cosmetics Entrepreneurship and Event Planning 4
COS224 Skin Care II 4
COS313 Special Effects Make-Up Techniques 4
COS322 Editorial and Airbrush Makeup Techniques 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COB221 Marketing and Private Label 3
COS413 Styling Techniques 4
COS422 Creative Makeup FX 3
COS440 Portfolio Development 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Cosmetic Product Knowledge
Cosmetic Retail Marketplace
Beauty and Glamour Makeup Techniques
Semester 2
Coaching and Leadership
Retail Management Systems
Skin Care I
Runway and Screen Makeup Techniques
General Education Option
Semester 3
Fragrance Sales and Promotions
Cosmetic Entrepreneurship
Skin Care II
Special Events and Promotion Coordinating
Editorial and Airbrush Makeup Techniques
General Education Option
Semester 4
Marketing and Private Label
Styling Techniques
Creative Makeup FX
Portfolio Development
General Education Option

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.


Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Aakashni Ram
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Rhonda Shupe
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26368
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
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Seneca's Cosmetics Techniques and Management

Rhonda Shupe, Program Co-ordinator, talks about Seneca's Cosmetic Techniques and Management program and how it prepares students for a career in many different areas of the cosmetics industry. Video


"The CTM Program has given me all the tools necessary to lead a successful career in the Cosmetics industry. The combination of business subjects and practical labs gave me the opportunity to develop my skills and talents as an artist. Being surrounded by professors who encouraged greatness and provided unconditional support for my aspirations has really had an impact on my development. I completed my field placement at Rexall as a Cosmetician and was fortunate enough to be one of a select group of students to receive an internship with CARGO Cosmetics, which provided me with the opportunity to practice and further develop the skills taught in the program. If it weren’t for the CTM program I would not feel the confidence I do every day in my work–place. There will always be a special place in my heart for Seneca College, my professors and the Cosmetics program."

Elysa Panzica
Cosmetic Category Co–ordinator/ Beauty Expert
Rexall Head Office

"I’ve been a freelance makeup artist in Canada and the U.S since I graduated from Seneca’s CTM program. When I think about my experience at Seneca, the first thing that comes to mind is the professors. To be trained by passionate, supportive, knowledgeable professionals, in a challenging academic environment was very important to me. The content I learned helped me to understand and succeed in the highly competitive cosmetics industry. My post–secondary experience has not only helped me evolve as an artist but also as a confident individual."

Virginia Tran
Freelance Makeup Artist


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