2014/15 Program

Cosmetic Management

Our Program

The Humber Cosmetic Management program gives you the business base and cosmetic skills that you need for a career in the growing cosmetic and fragrance industries, in just three semesters.

The curriculum, designed in collaboration with industry, focuses on current market trends and touches on all disciplines that students require to enter the personal care products sector. Courses encompass training in retailing, merchandising, marketing and sales, make-up application, as well as the skills necessary for running an independent business. Topics such as environmental implications and multicultural sensitivity are embedded in each course.

This three-semester accelerated program delivers a range of business-focused cosmetic courses.

In first semester you will be introduced to cosmetic management, retail buying and management, product knowledge and application including colour analysis and skin care fundamentals.

In second semester study business ethics, promotions and advertising, selling and counter management. Learn how to use computer software for business and build on your technical skills with more advanced application techniques and fragrance analysis.

In third semester, develop your entrepreneurial skills, and learn how to plan events and launch products as you plan and execute a skin or cosmetic workshop. Build on your business skills with courses in human resources management and business finance for cosmetics. You will learn more advanced application techniques for TV, film and special effects.

Your Career

Transform your passion for cosmetics and beauty into a career.

Enjoy a career in this thriving industry managing a cosmetic/fragrance brand, a cosmetic counter or as a buyer. Alternatively, build a career in other capacities such as freelance makeup artist or image consultant. According to Research and Markets, a market data firm, there are more than 3,500 cosmetics companies in Canada. Toronto and southern Ontario provide a number of opportunities to begin your career in the cosmetics industry. Humber’s industry connections mean that you have a diploma that is recognized and respected in the field.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For further information, refer to the Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for three semesters is
• domestic $7,859.95
• international $20,562.50.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
COSM 100 Introduction to Cosmetic Management
COSM 101 Introductory Cosmetic Application
COSM 102 Cosmetic Product Knowledge
COSM 150 Retail Buying and Operations
COSM 152 Skin Care Fundamentals
COSM 105 Colour Analysis
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
COSM 200 Business Ethics for the Cosmetic Industry
COSM 151 Intermediate Cosmetic Application
COSM 202 Cosmetic Promotion and Advertising
COSM 153 Fragrance Analysis
COSM 204 Cosmetic Selling and Counter Management
COSM 155 Business Computer Applications
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
COSM 250 Entrepreneurship and Portfolio Development
COSM 206 Advanced Cosmetic Application
COSM 251 Event Planning and Product Launch
COSM 210 Human Resources Management
COSM 253 Business Finance for the Cosmetic Industry
COSM 254 Cosmetic Special Effects for Film and TV
COSM 255 Field Work
GNEDG000 General Education Electives