Cosmetology : Emily Griffith Technical College

Cosmetology

We have full-time and part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Get your career started in the beauty and fashion industry! Gain the skills to start your own salon! 

At Emily Griffith, our Cosmetology program will give you hands-on experience with haircutting, hairstyling, coloring, chemical relaxers, facial treatments, nail services, make-up techniques and more. Our cosmetology program is one of the most affordable, and comprehensive, programs in Denver. You will learn directly from  industry experts, and our cosmetology program regularly features guest lectures and visits from some of the cosmetology industry’s biggest names. 

Plus, you’ll get the chance to practice and gain real-world experience working with clients at our on-site, fully student-run salon, Emily’s Salon & Barbershop.

Latest trends: Our cosmetology instructors are experts in the field so you’ll get to learn about all of the latest trends happening in the beauty and fashion industries. 

Convenient classes: Our part-time program allows you to take classes in the evening that better fit your schedule.

High-demand career:We work with major names in the beauty industry to help connect you with a career. 

Want more information? Get the Cosmetology  Program Flyer and the Cosmetology Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Cosmetology Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Cosmetology program use their certificate to work in jobs such as the following:

  • Salon Stylist
  • Salon Owner
  • Traveling Stylist
  • Theater/Fashion Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Platform Artist
Service Industries
$10,897
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
11 Months
Full-time program length
1/12/2021
Next Start Date
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Course Information

Required Courses

COS 103 Introduction to Hair and Scalp

Introduces various types of scalp treatments, shampoos, and conditioners. This course covers hair and scalp disorders, product knowledge, and proper massage techniques. This course provides training in a lab or classroom setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 110 Introduction to Hair Coloring

Introduces theory pertaining to the law of color, theory of color, chemistry of color, product knowledge, and analysis of hair and scalp. This course covers basic application techniques and procedures for the application of haircolor.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 111 Intermediate I: Hair Coloring

Expands on haircoloring theory and practical application of color products, formulations of color, level and shades of color. Students will learn application techniques in a specialized class or in a supervised salon setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 120 Introduction to Haircutting

Introduces haircutting theory relevant to patron protection, angles, elevations, and the analysis of hair textures as related to hair cutting procedures. This course covers proper use and care of hair cutting implements, basic hair cutting techniques using various cutting implements, and disinfection and sanitation procedures as they relate to haircutting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 121 Intermediate I: Haircutting

Expands on basic haircutting theory incorporating facial shapes, head and body forms to determine the appropriate techniques required to complete a client haircut. Students will apply hair cutting techniques in specialized classes or in the supervised salon.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 130 Introduction to Hairstyling

Combines theory with the practical application of hairstyling. This course covers roller placement, hair molding and shaping, pin curls, finger waves, comb-out techniques, air forming, thermal straightening, or curling for short to long hair.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 131 Intermediate I: Hairstyling

This course covers the accepted methods of styling hair, air forming, roller sets, finger waves, pin curls, braiding, and hair pressing.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 140 Introduction to Chemical Texture

Introduces a combination of theory and practice focusing on the analysis of hair and scalp, proper equipment and product knowledge. Includes basic techniques in permanent waving and chemical relaxing. Provides training in a classroom or lab setting on mannequins or live models.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 141 Intermediate I: Chemical Texture

Emphasizes theory and practical application of chemical texture, including permanent waves and chemical relaxers, in a supervised salon setting. Students will practice different wrapping techniques required by trend styles in a classroom or salon setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 150 Laws, Rules and Regulations

This course covers laws, rules, and regulations governing the beauty industry in Colorado and accountability for the student, licensed individual, salons, and school owners. 

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 150 Laws, Rules and Regulations

This course covers laws, rules, and regulations governing the beauty industry in Colorado and accountability for the student, licensed individual, salons, and school owners. 

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 150 Laws, Rules and Regulations

This course covers laws, rules, and regulations governing the beauty industry in Colorado and accountability for the student, licensed individual, salons, and school owners. 

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 160 Intro to Infection Control & Prvntn

This course covers various methods of sanitation, disinfection; and principles of workplace safety, infection control and prevention. Topics presented in this course include: classroom study of bacteriology, chemistry of cleaning versus disinfecting products that are used in the cosmetology industry, and terminology dealing with infection control.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 160 Intro to Infection Control & Prvntn

This course covers various methods of sanitation, disinfection; and principles of workplace safety, infection control and prevention. Topics presented in this course include: classroom study of bacteriology, chemistry of cleaning versus disinfecting products that are used in the cosmetology industry, and terminology dealing with infection control.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 161 Inter. I: Infection Cntrl & Prvntn

This course focuses on the theory and daily practice of proper methods of disinfection, sanitation and safety procedures as related to all phases of cosmetology. Topics presented in this course include: terminology and training of disinfection, sanitation and safety procedures, and customer service in a supervised salon setting or specialized class.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 203 Intermediate I: Hair and Scalp

This course covers theory and practical training in shampoos, rinses, and conditioners and examines advanced techniques to prepare the student for employment. Instruction includes preparation for the Colorado State Board Licensing Examination for shampoos, rinses, and conditioners.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 210 Intermediate II: Haircoloring

This course covers theory and practical application of color products, formulations of color, level and shades of color. Students will practice haircoloring techniques in a specialized class or in a supervised salon setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 211 Advanced Haircoloring

This course covers advanced theory and practical techniques in haircoloring. Course covers the recognition of color problems and color correction procedures in preparation for the Colorado State Board Licensing Examination. Topics in this course include: advanced techniques, color formulation, and product knowledge.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 220 Intermediate II: Haircutting

This course covers haircutting theory related to facial shapes, head and body forms to determine the techniques necessary for client’s specified haircut and practical applications of haircutting techniques for various client requests.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 221 Advanced Haircutting

This course covers advanced haircutting techniques utilizing multiple cutting tools and emphasizes current fashion trends and preparation for the Colorado State Licensure examination.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 230 Intermediate II:Hairstyling

This course covers accepted methods of styling hair, including: air forming, roller sets, iron sets, finger waves, braiding and hair pressing. Students will practice hairstyling techniques for client purposes in specialized classes or in a supervised salon setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 231 Advanced Hairstyling

This course covers hairstyling theory and advanced techniques in all phases of hair styling to prepare the student for employment. Training is a combination of supervised salon work and specialized classes. Students will prepare for the Colorado State Board Licensing Examination.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 240 Intermediate II: Chemical Texture

This course covers theory of chemical texture and practical application of permanent waves and chemical relaxers in specialized classes or a supervised salon setting. Students will practice different wrapping techniques required by trend styles or per client request.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 241 Advanced Chemical Texture

This course covers advanced techniques for chemical texture and current industry standards of practice to prepare the student for employment and the State Board Licensing Examination. Instruction is provided in specialized classes or supervised salon setting.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 250 Bus Mgmt/Per Skills/Ethics

This course covers salon management business practices and the knowledge and skills necessary to build a successful business. Topics covered in this course include: basic business management, interpersonal skills, basic techniques in salesmanship and customer services, job readiness skills, and professional ethics.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 250 Bus Mgmt/Per Skills/Ethics

This course covers salon management business practices and the knowledge and skills necessary to build a successful business. Topics covered in this course include: basic business management, interpersonal skills, basic techniques in salesmanship and customer services, job readiness skills, and professional ethics.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 250 Bus Mgmt/Per Skills/Ethics

This course covers salon management business practices and the knowledge and skills necessary to build a successful business. Topics covered in this course include: basic business management, interpersonal skills, basic techniques in salesmanship and customer services, job readiness skills, and professional ethics.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 260 Inter ll: Infection Control & Prvnt

This course covers infection control theory and practice of proper methods of sterilization, disinfection, sanitation, and safety procedures as related to all phases of the industry. Topics for this course include: terminology and training of disinfection, sanitation, and safety procedures. The individual’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment is practiced.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 261 Advanced Infection Control & Prvntn

This course covers advanced training on decontamination and safety practices in a supervised salon and/or classroom setting and primarily focuses on student preparation for the Colorado State Board Licensing Examination in decontamination and safety for all aspects of the industry. Topics for this course include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for schools and salons.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 279 Seminar/Workshop

This course provides students with an experiential learning opportunity.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 286 Independent Study

Allows advanced training in all course areas and allows student training for State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Examination. Hours will be arranged and credits will vary.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
COS 289 Capstone

Provides advanced training in all course areas and prepares student for the State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Hours will be arranged.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
NAT 110 Introduction to Nail Care

This course covers the proper use of implements used in manicures and pedicures. Theory and practical application of proper set-up, safety, sanitation, nail shapes, anatomy, product knowledge and terminology dealing with manicures and pedicures is covered. Training is done in a classroom or lab setting using models or other techniques.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
NAT 111 Intermediate I: Nail Care

This course covers theory and practical application dealing with different types of manicures, pedicures, nail art, and massage techniques. Theory and practical application of procedures, products, nail shapes, and maintenance of natural nails is covered. Students learn to recognize different nail disorders and their proper treatment. Training is done in a specialized class or in supervised salon (clinical) setting, using models or customer service. Proper sanitation and sterilization as it pertains to all aspects of manicures, pedicures, and nail art is taught.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
NAT 210 Advanced Nail Care

This course covers advanced theory and practical application dealing with different types of manicures, pedicures, massage techniques, and nail art. Topics included in this course are: practical application of procedures, products, nails shapes and maintenance of the natural nails. Course will cover client education on different nail disorders and their proper treatment. Training is done in a specialized class or in supervised salon (clinical) setting, using models or customer service.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
NAT 211 Application of Nail Enhancements

This course covers advanced theory and product knowledge of current industry nail enhancements to ready the student for employment. Practical application and removal techniques of nail wraps, tip overlays, acrylics and any current enhancements are practiced. Instruction is provided in specialized classes or in supervised salon setting using models or customer service. This course prepares the student for the Colorado state board licensing examination.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
EMILY’S STORIES


"If you want to do it, go back and do it!"

Nia initially came to Emily Griffith to get her GED after she discovered she was pregnant. She left off for a while but decided to return last spring. A big motivation for returning was to show her kids that it is never too late to come back to school. 

She had a lot of anxiety around the new test and was initially discouraged after she stared class. But her teacher was so supportive, she knew she could do it this time. And she did! She finished and passed all of her tests this June! 

Now she’s planning on getting her certificate in Phlebotomy at Emily Griffith starting in January. She is in recovery and is interested in working in a rehab facility in order to help others going through the recovery process. 

She says it’s never too late to finish your education, “If you want to do it, go back and do it!”

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