Detail and precision of men’s hair is the focus of our 1,000-hour barbering program. You will acquire the technical and business skills necessary for your career with an education that encompasses current men’s grooming techniques in cutting, shaving and texture. With our vast connections in the local barbering community and career fair events you will have a large variety of networking and job opportunities after graduation to ensure a fulfilling career.

Investing in your barbering education is important. If you are looking to join the workforce as a barber, the more you know ahead of time can make a difference. Barbering school is a wonderful option if you are looking to change careers or want something different right out of high school. Learn more about what the barbering program at Aveda Institute Madison can offer you.


When Wisconsin announced the new barbering course option, we couldn’t wait to create a program with you in mind. Developed with an advisory board of local barbershop owners, our curriculum includes what potential employers want you to know. Our barbering program will take you beyond what cosmetology teaches about men’s hair trends and cutting techniques.

With dedicated instructors, we have small class sizes for more individualized attention as your confidence grows. We offer guest lectures, demonstrations, and workshops to give you an insider’s understanding of a barber’s career. Our 1000 hour program includes salon clinic hours so you can work with guests before you graduate! Plus, we arrange career fairs for our graduates to meet and network with local shop owners that may result in employment opportunities.


Our program focuses on the fundamentals of design philosophy and classic barbering techniques, including:

  • Hair cutting
  • Shaving
  • Texture
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair styling
  • Shaving
  • Grooming

Our students learn guest retention skills and product marketing, including how to provide the Aveda Signature Men’s Cut service, a standard barbering service in many Aveda salons.

  • Small Student-to-Instructor Ratio provides individualized training.
  • We are committed to technology as part of our mission in educational excellence. Learn more, here.
  • Student Leadership Council meets monthly to provide business and management skill training.
  • Student Assemblies provide monthly recognition and communication to students, showing the value of positive team meetings.
  • Multiple Career Fairs introduce you to prospective employers and allow you to gain confidence interviewing with salons and spas while still in school.
  • Student Fashion Shows provide you with the opportunity to exercise creativity in makeup, hair, choreography, fashion design, teamwork and community awareness.
  • Photo Shoots provide you with the opportunity to learn photographic hair and makeup techniques.
  • An Advisory Board of Industry Leaders annually review the school’s curriculum and offerings.
  • The Education Fund provides you with the opportunity to learn demonstrated skills from Aveda Global experts, as well as nationally recognized industry leaders.

AIM is more than a beauty school, it’s a family. I was pushed to be the best that I could be every day and due to my teachers commitment to me, I left feeling confident and ready to succeed! Cosmetology Graduate, Becca

My experience at AIM was more than learning how to cut and color hair. It was learning about personal growth, leadership, passion and caring for the world we live in. Thank you Aveda Institute Madison. Cosmetology Graduate, Shannon


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Our online curriculum system, called LearnAveda, is filled with training options and updates that can see you through graduation. When you enroll at the Aveda Institute Madison you will receive your very own iPad to access this amazing platform as well as access to help your skill stay fine-tuned and in demand. We strive to be environmentally conscious and digital learning helps reduce the use of paper and other materials.


The Institute campus is in the heart of the city, nestled among museums, shopping, restaurants, outdoor venues, nightlife and near the UW Madison campus.


We utilize an educational methodology that is unique to the Aveda Institute Madison. We feature a module program that assists you in mastering the practical skill in our Aveda Clinic Lab as you are learning the theory and lecture element of each milestone. When incorporated with our smaller class sizes, this type of module program can allow you to hone your skills faster than you would have believed possible.

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