The world around us is an exciting place of color, shape and beauty. In the Cosmetology department at Santa Monica College, we bring this beauty to reality. We welcome you to join our program where you can obtain the education to succeed in the cosmetology, skin care and nail care industries. These well established programs will prepare you for a professional career, a career change or advancement in your existing career.

We offer a variety of classes to help you obtain that goal you have been dreaming about. Note that to enter classes, students must have a valid transcript and registration. 

Upcoming New Student Orientations

All NEW Cosmetology students MUST attend a mandatory orientation. Orientations begin at 4:00 pm on select dates (see below) and are held in the Business Building in Room 143/B.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019

About SMC Cosmetology

Our program prepares you to take the state board examination for a:

  • Cosmetology License (1,600 hours)

  • Skin Care License (600 hours)

  • Nail Care License (400 hours)

We also have a cosmetology teacher's training program. Santa Monica College also offers an AA degree in cosmetology.

High school students in 11th and 12th grade may begin this program concurrently with the high school program when approved by the high school principal.

Information regarding the cosmetology program is available in the cosmetology department and through the SMC website.

  • Contact Info

    Business Building / First Floor / Room 143

    Front Desk (Reception)
    (310) 434-4292

    Debbie Perret
    Department Chair

    Helen LeDonne
    Academic Advising
    (310) 434-4906

    Ray Valdiviezo
    Back Office
    (310) 434-4294

  • Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Salon Hours

    Salon is CLOSED on Mondays

    Tuesday - Friday
    : 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Attention Clients: To ensure there is enough time to complete services, NO chemical processes will start after 1 p.m. 

                                                      For more info on prices and services visit the Cosmetology Salon page.