The Cosmetology curriculum consists of 1200 hours as required by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling. Our course encompasses and provides hands-on trainings in all aspects of cosmetology. Students will learn the art of hairdressing, barbering, design, cutting, coloring, fashion trends, makeup, manicuring, pedicuring, and skin care techniques.


The Artistic Academy of Hair Design strives to provide quality education that prepares students to pass the state board examination, become properly licensed, and to secure employment at entry level. Licensed cosmetologists are able to practice all phases of cosmetology: hair, barbering, skin and nails. In a competitive and fast-growing industry, well qualified and diversified professionals skilled in all aspects of cosmetology are increasingly in demand.


The Cosmetology and Hairstyling education is provided through structured and sequential learning objectives in preparation for the State Board Exam. During the initial 600 hours of the course, underclassmen receive class instruction consisting of theory, demonstrations, written and practical examinations and student hands-on practice. Student hands-on practice requires students to practice techniques on mannequins and each other. By incorporating student participation, students gain insight from the cosmetologist and client perspective. At completion of 600 hours, students advance to the senior level. Senior instruction consists of theory classes and productive skill building activities including: class projects, retail and salon management skills, and the ability to hone skills in the Student Salon and Spa.

State Board-issued permits and collaboration with a licensed educator, allow senior students to perform and practice all techniques under the cosmetology program guidelines on the Student Salon and Spa clientele. Client consultation, hair care services, manicures, pedicures, skin care techniques, client retention, customer service skills and business management are just a few of the career oriented skills that students will develop and enhance. Our 1200 course also incorporates audio-visual aids, guest speakers and demonstrations, and other learning methods that enhance and go beyond the standard State Board mandated requirements.


Written and practical exams and clinical practical work are all graded on a 0-100% basis. In order to maintain a satisfactory level of achievement at The Artistic Academy of Hair Design, a student must maintain a 75% or C average as a minimum passing standard set forth on the State Board Exam. Practical exams have several components assessed and cumulative grade for each practical must meet a minimum of 75% to be deemed as passing. Students may re-take a failed exam one time for a higher score. The average of the two exam scores will be the standing score for that exam. All assessments are expected to be taken as scheduled. If a student is absent during initial exam, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule a date to complete the exam within one week of the original date. Failure to take the exam within one week of the original date will result in a “0.”

Grading Scale: A = 95%-100% B = 85%-94% C = 75-84% Failing = Below 75%


The New Jersey state law requires that students meet specific requirements to receive a New Jersey Cosmetology License.

  • Completion of 1200 clock hours of training and be graduated from a licensed cosmetology school
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be free of communicable diseases
  • Pay required licensing fees: $139 or $169 (determined by student’s date of graduation)
  • Take and pass the Written Examination and State Board Practical

Please note: If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted for a violation of any law or regulation The Artistic Academy of Hair Design will require specific documentation from the student. While a conviction does not preclude the student from enrolling in a program it may impact upon their ability to become licensed. Furthermore, should the State Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling determine you may not apply for licensure, student will remain obligated for tuition and fees as outlined on the enrollment agreement.


As with other professions, physical demands are placed upon you.  In accommodating clientele, you may have to stand long hours and/or be standing on your feet all day. 

Cosmetology Course
Hair - Skin - Barbering - Nails
Full Time Day Schedule
9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday - Friday 30 hours per week Tuition $15,600.00
10 Months to complete 40 weeks Books, Equipment, Taxes $1,800.00
Registration $ 100.00
Total $17,500.00
Initial Deposit $800.00
10 Consecutive Payments of $1,670.00 per month
Part Time Evening Schedule
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday - Thursday 16 hours per week
18½ Months to complete 75 weeks
Initial Deposit $800.00
10 Consecutive Payments of $1,670.00 per month

*Please note other costs include student uniforms and licensing/exam fees which are approximately $230.00.