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    Cosmetic Techniques and Management

Program Code:CTM
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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 cosmetics business, from practical make–up techniques and skin care analysis, to marketing and management with a focus on the bottom line.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand the formulation, use, and applications of cosmetics products.
  • Understand the principles of sales promotion and how to sell effectively.
  • Create appropriate displays for both retail and salon operations, along with the knowledge of store planning and design.
  • Study colour theory and art principles involved in the appreciation of colour, texture and design as applied to their use in make-up application and display and promotion techniques.
  • Understand the structure and function of the human body as these relate to the practice of cosmetic techniques.
  • Understand the elements of biology that relate to the structure function and disorders of the skin, and be able to understand and use the various products which are used in care and treatment of skin.
  • Select, recommend, demonstrate and apply various types of make-up products for the retail consumer.
  • Understand the general concepts of human nutrition that promote good health, and the factors that modify normal nutrition such as physical and emotional stress, illness, dieting, and food prejudice.
  • Compose business communication in standard English which communicates effectively with a particular audience for a specific purpose, and demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend written English in the business environment.
  • Be able to give an oral presentation, and participate in, observe, and summarize the deliberations of meetings and seminars.
  • Understand the various methods of bookkeeping, inventory control and management of a cosmetic line or counter, as well as sales planning, merchandise mix, buying, and forecasting.
  • Develop a market plan including strategy, objectives and tactical elements of budgeting and planning.
  • Understand the concepts of organizational structures that exist in the retailing manufacturing and salon service areas of the industry and the operation of a small business.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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 considered assets:
    • Grade 11/12 Mathematics: (C) or (M);
    • Grade 11/12 Business Credit: (C) or (M).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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, trainee, cosmetics co–ordinator, freelance makeup artist or demonstrator, distributor or account executive.

Full-time and Independent Study Methods

Individuals wishing to prepare for careers in the cosmetics industry have a choice of study methods. Those wishing to participate in full–time study, with a combination of academic, business and practical studies, should apply for Seneca’s Cosmetics Techniques and Management Diploma Program.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Cosmetic Careers Association
  • Canadian Network of Makeup Artists

Career Placement

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


The Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association’s National Cosmetician Accreditation program recognizes excellence and dedication in cosmeticians. Seneca’s Cosmetics 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.

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course, for which EAC150 is the pre–requisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


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
COB315 Cosmetics Entrepreneurship 3
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


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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Rhonda Shupe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26368
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
Telephone: (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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