Cosmetology, AAS and Barber, AAS

Are you a creative and social person passionate about styling and personal care? San Juan College has two Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees that may be right for you. The Cosmetology AAS degree teaches hair design, makeup, skincare, and nail care skills while the Barber AAS degree offers instruction in men's hair and facial grooming techniques.

Both programs can be completed in less than two years and provide plenty of hands-on training to prepare you for your career. With the help of our expert instructors, you'll be ready for New Mexico licensure and entry-level employment. Start your journey or upgrade your skills with SJC's Cosmetology AAS and Barber AAS degrees.

Why Study Cosmetology or Barbering?

Find a fulfilling career expressing your creativity while helping others look and feel their best. Earning an associate degree in cosmetology or barbering allows you to work with your hands and experiment with different styles. You'll also meet with diverse clients and build meaningful relationships over time.

A career in cosmetology or barbering can also give you more control over your work life. With the right training and experience, you can set up a salon or business, such as makeup or skincare, where you can control your work schedule and be your own boss.

Finally, these fields are currently in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists to grow 11% from 2021 to 2031. You'll be able to find an entry-level job at a salon, barbershop, or spa quickly.

Why Earn a Cosmetology or Barber Degree at San Juan College?

Personalized Learning Experience

At SJC, we pride ourselves in giving individual attention to our cosmetology and barbering students. Our small class sizes mean you'll frequently interact with your instructors who are dedicated to ensuring you succeed in your courses and gain the skills you need for your future career.

Firsthand Experience

Practice your skills with real clients at San Juan College. You'll spend time at our Cosmetology Salon and Spa, providing services to our campus neighbors, SJC students, and faculty. Our salon is fully equipped with professional products and salon equipment so you can train using the tools of the trade. This real-world experience also helps you develop customer service, time management, and communication skills.

Affordable Degree Options

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, the Cosmetology and Barber AAS degrees are a smart investment. In less than two years, you'll have the knowledge and training to launch your career. You may also be eligible for NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, which allow you to earn your degree tuition-free.

What You'll Learn

In the Cosmetology and Barber programs, you'll study the techniques and artistry of hair, skincare, and more. While your specific courses will depend on which degree option you choose, both programs will give you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to succeed.

Cosmetology, AAS

San Juan College's Cosmetology AAS program equips you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to become a licensed cosmetologist. It also provides additional skills for those already working in hair and beauty jobs.

As a student, you'll learn with instructors and practice your skills on live models in our salon. As a graduate of this program, you are well-equipped for a successful career in the beauty industry. Coursework covers the following topics:

  • Hair theory and design, from cutting to color treatment
  • Makeup fundamentals and airbrushing
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Skincare theory and practice, including facials and hair removal

This selective program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


Cosmetology AAS Curriculum

Barber, AAS

San Juan College's Barber AAS degree teaches you the principles and skills to begin a career in barbering. If you are already a barber, you will gain additional skills that allow you to advance in your career. You'll learn in a classroom environment and on live models in our salon. Completing this program prepares you to become a licensed barber. Learn essential subjects, including:

  • Haircutting and hairstyling
  • Facials
  • Shaving
  • Perms and hair color

This selective program admits students in the fall and spring semesters.

Barber AAS Curriculum

A San Juan College student giving a hair cut

Cosmetology Salon and Spa

Gain real-world experience at the San Juan College Cosmetology Salon and Spa. Under the supervision of your instructors, you'll work with clients from our community to give them a fresh new look while building your skills.

Careers and Outcomes

With the high demand for skilled workers in beauty and grooming, now is an excellent time for Cosmetology AAS and Barber AAS graduates. You can apply for entry-level positions like hair stylist, barber, or manicurist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects fast growth rates for many of these jobs:

Employers of SJC's Cosmetology and Barber programs graduates include:

  • Born Barbers
  • SouthWest Barbers
  • Suite Divas Salon
  • The Head Shop’s Salon & Day Spa
  • The Hair Unicorn
  • The Man Cave Barbers

Next Steps

To enroll in the Cosmetology or Barber programs, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology or Barber.

Find Your Advisor

Phone: (505) 566-3320

West Classroom Complex,
Room 1911

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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