We have taken a revolutionary approach to education by teaming up with industry professionals to create an advanced curriculum that will arm our students with the latest technical and professional skills desired by five-star salons and spas across the nation.
 
The curriculum offers comprehensive, professional training in all aspects of the beauty industry including hair design and sculpting, make-up artistry, advanced esthetics, holistic health, massage, and spa manicuring that are supported by professional business, finance and marketing courses designed to develop business knowledge. This advanced training coupled with our recent renovations will give students a professional learning environment resembling that of a “real world” luxury spa or salon.
 
Our academies have received national recognition as industry innovators. 

Cosmetology Programs


Our customized 1600-hour cosmetology training is a comprehensive course that includes professional training in all aspects of the beauty industry. Want to be in demand after you graduate? We are one of the only academies to offer advanced courses in cosmetology. Our Advanced Cosmetology 103 program focuses on inspiration-based design that will give you a competitive edge in both the salon and the editorial world.

Esthetics Programs


Our basic 600-hour esthetician training program offers the most comprehensive professional training in all aspects of the esthetics industry, including skin analysis & conditions, facials & electrical facials, chemical treatments, skin treatments, hair removal & make-up application. In most academies this level of training is only available by taking "post-graduate" courses.
 
Our esthetics program offers comprehensive, professional training in all standard aspects of the esthetics industry.

Massage Programs


Our Massage Therapist program provides the skills and resources to be successful in the ever-growing massage and healthcare profession. Our curriculum is designed with a solid foundation of anatomy & physiology, theory and practices, pathology, nutrition, assessment and quality introduction’s to a variety of massage modalities. Our curriculum is presented in a supportive, hands-on learning environment focusing on therapeutic healing and awareness of the mind and body. Each student participates in closely-supervised massage services while apprenticing in our student massage clinic.

Spa Nail Programs


Our 600-hour Spa Nail Technician course is the first in the nation to go beyond the basics of manicuring and add the spa treatment training that is demanded by luxury salons and spas.

Make-Up Programs


We have partnered with Make-Up Designory  to offer their 150-hour “Beauty Make-Up Artistry” training course. We are one of the only academies outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a professional make-up course at this level.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program and other important information, visit the Consumer Information page on our website.
 

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student testimonial

After years of college and dead-end jobs I found myself needing both an education and a career in which I could feel fulfilled, creative, active, and successful. Growing up, I had always followed fashion trends closely, had my own personal style, and constantly given my friends and family hair and makeup tips. I finally had that "Ah-ha!"
moment and realized that cosmetology school was the perfect avenue for me, in which I could specialize in hairstyling or dabble in makeup if I desired. The next step was finding the right school where I could get the best education.
 
Bellus Academy was the first school I contacted about starting my new career. Not only was the atmosphere chic, leaving me feeling like I was in a busy, upscale salon, but the staff was very helpful, answered all of my questions and made me aware of the amazing curriculum I was about the experience.  I was already sold on Bellus Academy and knew it was the place for me, but I wanted feel out my options and see what type of schools San Diego had to offer. After a few disappointing appointments at surrounding schools, I knew that Bellus was the best, no contest.
    
Ever since my first day at Bellus Academy, I knew I had made the right choice. I was so excited to go to school every day because I was offered so many opportunities that helped me experience the details of the cosmetology world that I had always wanted. I was asked to speak with a reporter from the New York Times about the field of Cosmetology which helped me exercise my press interview skills. I was also a representative of Bellus Academy at the local Juvenile Detention Center in which I spoke to troubled youth about turning their lives around and making a positive difference in the world. One of the most fun opportunities I had at Bellus was being selected as a model for a photo session. Through that experience I had a taste of all the work it takes to make editorial hair and makeup transfer into a beautiful picture.
 
Those are just a few highlights of the countless opportunities I was lucky enough to experience on top of the already amazing curriculum.
 
After putting in many hours of hard work, I was eligible for the Bellus Academy Externship Program in which selected students are able to interview in real salons and work one day a week for school credit. I interviewed with Ryan Thomas Hair Studio, one of San Diego's top salons, and landed a position as an intern. I was so thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity. Thanks to Bellus Academy and a lot of determination, I was hired at Ryan Thomas Hair Studio before I graduated, which relieved the enormous pressure of searching for a job as a newly licensed cosmetologist.
 
I am currently working full time at Ryan Thomas Hair Studio, building my clientele, and loving my life more than ever. Bellus Academy was such a wonderful and unique experience I know I would not get anywhere else. I am forever grateful for all of the help, motivation, and support that helped make my dreams come true.

Kristee Tamulis, Cosmetology

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