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Cosmetic Techniques and Management

Available: Fall, Winter

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.

Program Availability

Our Cosmetic Techniques and Management program offers a fall term start and a winter term start with different delivery options. If starting the program in the fall term, you’ll have a summer break after second semester. If starting the program in the winter term you’ll take classes over four consecutive terms (winter, summer, fall and winter) without a break.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.

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.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Susan Weiler 416.491.5050 ext. 26469

Program Chair

Gitte Hansen 416.491.5050 ext. 22160


Students learn the 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. 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

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network