Make-up Schools in NYC with Program Overviews

The NYC area has many schools that offer make-up programs. Learn about the certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools, both less than 45 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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NYC Schools with Make-up Programs

Aspiring make-up artists have several school options in the New York City area. This article looks at two schools, one public and the other private not-for-profit, within an hour's drive of downtown. Make-up instruction is not offered on its own, but is usually part of a cosmetology or esthetics program. This article also includes a table of information about these schools, such as size and costs.

  • The Career School of NY (CSNY), about 15 miles from NYC on Staten Island, includes make-up courses in its certificate programs in esthetics and in cosmetology.
  • Western Suffolk BOCES is in the Long Island town of Northport, NY, about 45 miles from downtown NYC. Through its Wilson Technological Center, it offers certificate programs in esthetics and cosmetology.

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  • Aesthetician and Skin Care
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Comparison of Schools

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a school. This table displays important facts about these two institutions so prospective students can compare them.

Career School of NY Western Suffolk BOCES
School Type < Two-year, private not-for-profit Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 67* 336*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $12,695 for cosmetology students** $10,299 for cosmetology students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 97%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 22% for full-time students* 88% for full-time students; 89% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2011) 44% (15% transfer-out rate)* 78%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Career School of New York

Career School of NY

The Career School of NY offers a cosmetology certificate program and an esthetics certificate program.

Esthetics Certificate Program

The esthetics program is currently only available as an evening program, which can be completed in 50 weeks. Coursework emphasizes skincare and make-up application and prepares students for the New York State esthetics licensing examination.

Cosmetology Certificate Program

The cosmetology certificate program is available as a day or evening program. The day program can be completed in 29 weeks, while the evening program can be completed in 50 weeks. The cosmetology program has a broader focus than the esthetics program and covers a variety of cosmetology topics, including make-up application, hairstyling and skin care.

Western Suffolk BOCES

The Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) offers esthetics and cosmetology certificate programs at the Wilson Technological Center.

Esthetics Certificate Program

The 600-hour esthetics program prepares students to take the New York State esthetics licensing examination. The program covers topics such as make-up techniques, business training and facial procedures.

Cosmetology Certificate Program

The 1,000-hour cosmetology program prepares students to become licensed cosmetologists. Students learn about make-up application, hairstyling and manicures. After completing the program, students are eligible to take the NY State Cosmetology exam.

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