Seattle Makeup Schools with Course and Program Summaries

Sep 18, 2018

There are a few schools in the Seattle area that have makeup courses. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program options and requirements at three colleges located within 40 miles of the city's center.

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Seattle Schools with Makeup Courses

Schools that offer makeup classes often do so as part of training programs in cosmetology or esthetics. Seattle students interested in this field have multiple education options in the area. This article focuses on the topics and courses included within programs at three institutions. It also includes a table of statistics on the featured schools and some info on a fourth college option.

  • Makeup classes are available as a part of the cosmetology certificate program at Seattle Vocational Institute. This school is located about two miles from the downtown Seattle area.
  • Situated around 18 miles from central Seattle, Olympic College offers makeup courses through a cosmetology associate's degree program and an esthetics certificate program. To take the quickest route to the downtown area from this school, students must board a ferry in Bremerton.
  • Clover Park Technical College gives students the opportunity to take makeup classes through its esthetics associate's degree program. The campus is around 39 miles from downtown Seattle.

Comparison of Schools

Campus settings, costs, graduation rates -- these are just a few of the factors that can come into play when deciding on where to have your college experience. Get specific facts on these as well as many other stats in the following table.

Seattle Vocational Institute Olympic College Clover Park Technical College
School Type < 2-year, public 4-year, primarily associate's, public 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Total Enrollment (2017) N/A 6,476* 3,883*
Campus Setting Large city Small city Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) N/A $3,693 in-state; $4,147 out-of-state* $5,740*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) N/A 48%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Graduation Rate N/A 21% (students who began in 2011)* 33% (students who began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Seattle Vocational Institute

The cosmetology department at this school teaches Milady beauty techniques. The program prepares students for the State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Examination.

Cosmetology Certificate of Completion

Students can complete 1,650 contact hours and 107 credits during this cosmetology program. The esthetics portion of the program covers makeup application. Other topics include hair design, nail care and employment skills. Students can also practice multi-ethnic cosmetology techniques.

Olympic College

The two programs offered at Olympic College teach students how to carry out necessary customer service skills, adhere to laws and regulations related to safety, provide training in beauty consultation and use cosmetology product knowledge in a sales environment. The programs also prepare students for cosmetology licensing.

Cosmetology - Esthetics: Certificate of Specialization

This esthetician program consists of classes on human relations in the workplace, composition and business mathematics. The rest of the 65-credit program requires students to take classes on skin care, facials and hair removal. There is a makeup techniques course for students interested in makeup application. The rest of the program's curriculum focuses on safety, sanitation and eyelash and eyebrow tinting.

Cosmetology Associate of Technical Arts

In addition to some of the coursework offered in the esthetician certificate program, students can also take classes on hair cutting and hair care. Individuals might also study business skills, hair coloring, wigs, braiding and chemical texture services. There are two courses on makeup and skin care as well. By the end of the program, students must earn 109 credits.

Clover Park Technical College

Those who graduate from the school's esthetician program may pursue a career as a skin care specialist, a medical esthetician or an esthetician. The program also helps ready students for the Washington State Esthetics Licensing Examination.

Esthetics Science Associate of Technical Arts

Students in this program can take two makeup application techniques classes, as well as a camouflage makeup course. To complete this program, students must earn at least 103 credits. Other issues that are studied in this program include machine facials, facial procedures, professional development, business skills and advanced cosmetic chemistry.

Other School Options

Makeup application can be studied as a part of the certificate and associate's degree cosmetology programs at Everett Community College, which is almost 32 miles from downtown Seattle.

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