Instructors at the Aveda Institute Portland

Cosmetology Program

The Cosmetology program includes theoretical and hands-on instruction in hair design, nail technology, and Esthetics. During the Cosmetology program you will experience the combination of at home theory and practice on the campus salon floor. 


Program Overview


Instructors at the Aveda Institute Portland

Hair Cutting

Students will study and perform 16 Aveda Certified haircuts during this phase. You will not only acquire a comprehensive understanding of the ergonomics behind great hair design, but you will also be introduced to the Aveda Service Cycle which will carry you through your career.


Student applying color at aveda institute portland


During this phase, students study Aveda color formulation and a range of chemical services. In conjunction with a strong emphasis on both color theory and chemical services, you will learn how to combine haircutting, chemical services, and color skills to create full-service results for guests.


Cosmetology image of painted nails at the Aveda Institute Portland


Cosmetology students will learn about the anatomy of nails and how to perform natural nail manicures and pedicures as well as a skill set which includes shellac application and nail art. At our Portland Campus students will also be introduced to the art of nail forming.


Instructors at the Aveda Institute Portland


Student will learn about various skin types, conditions, and remedies. By the end of the Esthiology phase, you will be able to conduct skin analysis, perform facials customized for specific skin care concerns, and provide full-body hair removal. At our Portland Campus, students will also be introduced to body treatments in addition to makeup applications.


Students preparing for a photoshoot


This phase culminates in a photo shoot which will feature the styling skills you learn in this phase. You will be provided with a professional image which can be added to your portfolio. You will also receive Aveda Product knowledge during this phase.


Aveda Institute Portland Cosmetology

Final Phase

During the final phase of the Cosmetology Program, students will be fully immersed in a salon-like experience, while being instructed and inspired by our licensed educational staff. In the student's final phase, they will further hone the skills they've acquired during their education at Aveda Institute Portland.​



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The Business of Beauty

Students will become familiar with a variety of business-building topics to assist them in their Cosmetology and Esthiology careers.

Topics include:

  • Personal finance
  • Industry pay scales
  • Resume building
  • Interview skills
  • How to find the salon or spa you will begin your career after graduation!


Total Cost of Attendance details can be found here: COA Budget

Oregon: 1835 hours

Total Cost: $22,650

(Includes:  registration fee, kit fee, and tuition) 
Application fee: $20

Washington: 1600 hours

Total Cost: $19,705

(Includes:  registration fee, kit fee, and tuition)
 Application fee: $20

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