We have worked to create an educational experience that goes beyond the state requirements and blends innovation with the Aveda Mission. Our 1,600 hour cosmetology program can help you unleash your inner potential as you explore and master the practical skills required for a career in cosmetology, such as hair styling, cutting, chemical restructuring, the care of skin and nails, makeup and related sciences.

  • Full-time and 3-day programs available
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Tuition includes professional kit and iPad
  • Complimentary continued education after graduation


An education at Aveda Institute Madison goes beyond the fundamentals of hair styling and cutting, chemical restructuring, caring for skin and nails, makeup, and related sciences. We dig deep and include training in Aveda esthiology that help to give you a complete Aveda education.

With multiple schedules available, we strive to help every student reach their dreams.

Turn your passion into potential with Aveda Institute Madison.


Utilizing an educational methodology unique to Aveda Institute Madison, we utilize modules to allow you to master the practical skill as you are learning the theory and lecture element of each milestone. Spending time in the Aveda Clinic Lab gives you the opportunity to practice current trends in men and women’s styling, and develop your own unique style.
This type of learning, incorporated with our smaller class size, allows us to help you create building blocks so that you can graduate practiced, proficient, and polished.


An Aveda education stays with you for a lifetime.

When you enroll, you will be given your own personal iPad as well as access to LearnAveda, our online curriculum system that is filled with everything you need through graduation and licensing. Plus, as an Aveda Student, you will have extended access to this platform, helping you and your skills to stay fresh and in-demand through the first few years of your career.

At Aveda Institute Madison we know that community is instrumental to your success; which is why we frequently bring in guest speakers to help support and influence both our current students and alumni. You can be sure that as part of the Aveda family, you may never find yourself lost in a crowd.

At Aveda Institute Madison, we are as committed to your dream as you are. We want to see our students soar and know that the skills you master today and tomorrow may help to define your personal journey of wellness, and self-discovery.

  • 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


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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